I have been working behind the scenes to help others with work in sustainable energy for awhile. I am online frequently and try to bring awareness to news and views with respect to the environment, animals, science etc.
I live in the Niagara region, and I am currently championing an excellent campaign in Ontario called “Green Energy Doors Open”. I am trying, however, I choose to do something I had not done before. I gathered with somewhere over 100 people recently to publicly express my heartfelt unhappiness for at least one very lonely & depressed creature in my local neighbourhood.
Now to be clear, yes, I care about animals, and yes, I have rescued a dog from an abuser. But this particular, sentient and beautiful creature I am speaking of is not one that I can just simply intervene on by myself. There are others who feel the same, and I respect that.
My participation is coming from a genuine concern and I could get into the whole back story, but here is the specific focus:
Marineland is holding the last ORCA, the last Killer Whale for entertainment purposes, in Canada, in a swimming pool that, relative to its’ natural environment in the oceans, is like sticking a child into a cage, period.
Being a killer whale, Kiska’s inherent and natural feelings and instincts cannot, in any logical way, shape or form, be duplicated, accommodated or replicated in tiny pools. Being alone, without her true family, her bloodlines, or even any related company, I can only guess the perpetual sadness and stress that must keep her grinding her almost non-existent teeth (is that even in any way acceptable that her teeth are in such bad shape?). And also, how many times can a killer whale, held in a sardine box pool, become pregnant and in some way not be expected to abort. This may sound really sick to some or sad to others, but if I was held in captivity, in a cage, forced to become pregnant, alone, hurting and depressed, I would most likely, being a mother, think that my body would reject any child, knowing consciously and with feeling, that their life would be just as bad?
All anyone needs to do is Google Marineland and/or any other SeaWorld Parks and there is not a pretty, entertaining picture being painted.
It bothers me. I have seen the place behind the scenes where most regular people don’t get to go. This is the truth. The tiny holding pools for things like the dolphins, and especially the caged up walruses were such unhappy a to animals see. There is a conscious sentient being looking back at you when you look them into their eyes. And their look is utter sadness.
They should never have been put there in the first place and deserve rehabilitation.
There should never be any more wild animals held in cages, in tiny pens.
People can help, with one small step at a time. People are saying ‘no more’ and understand that these beautiful amazing sentient creatures have families, have feelings and are doing something.
I appreciate the people who attended the gathering at Marineland in Niagara Falls. I met many people from different places, feeling, reaching out. They are just regular people, who are doing something.
It may not be what you, as the reader of this blog, may agree with. You may even think it’s ‘loserish’. However, the people who came out to express their concerns are really doing something.
All I suggest is that during this time of Environment Week, we all think about possibly making one choice, one small step and actually do something about something to do with the environment.
I cannot find any logical way to agree that Kiska is in a safe or healthy environment. She cannot stand up for herself. She is not being heard by those who own her in any real way, as she is merely property to them. And those who have taken care of her in the past, present and future will definitely be affected by it, and I hope they too will come out and express their concerns.
I cannot be like Captain Paul Watson, I don’t have the freedom of the seas to do as he does. I do have a voice, and I do have sons, who also feel that holding any wonderful beautiful sentient creature, out of its’ natural environment, is just wrong.
Please make a choice to support a healthy & safe environment for all creatures & the environment. One step.
Thank you to all who support #emptythetanks and Sea Shepherds.
Thank you to all those who love animals & understand how important they are.
Now go do something about it!
But hey, what do I know?