Just as explained in the movie 'The Cove', I was deceived by their smiling faces.
Two weeks ago, near Guardalavaca, Cuba, I swam with the Dolphins. I'm leary of animals in captivity. But... I was dooped by the story that the Dolphins were all rescued from injuries, were treated great and were very happy.
Dolphins always look like they're smiling, even when they're depressed or in pain. Dolphins are meant to travel 40 miles per day (60 km). Their sonar is ultra sensative. Living their entire lives in an enclosed area denies them the freedom of travel. Living their entire lives in an enclosed area causes their sonar to bounce uncontrollably against the barriers and cause pain and confusion.
Unfortunately, a friend didn't give me a copy of 'The Cove' until after we returned. I feel ashamed for contributing to the exploitation of these beautiful beings and certainly will never do it again.
'Swimming with the Dolphins' has become all the rage at a number of Caribbean resort areas. Chances are, these Dolphins came from Taiji, Japan and were the only survivors of what is a regular slaughter. If you're reading this blog, you are passionate about the lives of all beings on this Earth. Please don't make the same mistake I did.
Interestingly enough, one of the slogans written on the wall of the 'Dolphinarium' in Cuba was 'Treat all animals as you would yourself'. Obviously, that was ignored when lunch was thrown alive into a boiling pot of water, screaming and turning a bright colour of red. Of course, I'm speaking of the Lobster lunch that everyone in our group, except for the vegan freak (me), ate before swimming with the prisoners.
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After celebrating my 40th birthday in October 2008, I really began to realize that time remaining really wasn't infinite and if I wanted to make the best of the rest of my life, changes (some drastic) would have to take place.
Less than a month later, on November 4, I took the plunge into becoming a vegetarian. Within hours of doing tons of research, I realized I wanted to be a step beyond and become Vegan.
What, at first, was a health decision soon became an ethical and environmental decision as well.
Concerns of becoming a weak, undernourished, skeleton were soon destroyed. I carried on with running, hockey and working out as if nothing had changed. In fact, I've shown more improvement in those areas since becoming Vegan than I have at any other point in my life. It's also a lifestyle that has helped me go from 200 lbs. to between 170 and 175 in 9 months.
I would like to encourage anyone that is thinking of making the change, but is afraid of any negative consequences, to look beyond the factory farm propaganda and realize that becoming Vegan is the right thing to do.