Japan is steeped in the blood of dolphins – Hayley Matthews

During the week I was lying in bed at 3am crying my eyes out.

Saturday, 28th September 2019, 7:00 am
Updated Sunday, 29th September 2019, 2:47 am
Dolphins are slaughtered or end up in one of Japan's dolphinariums. Picture: AFP/Getty

It may be because I am quite high on the emotional spectrum and very in tune with my feelings or because I’m a mother but I was completely jarred by a story that I’d read as I lay in bed with baby Oryn.

The article was about the dolphin slaughter which commenced at the beginning of September in Japan and was a very hard read. I cried and cried as I read about a mother dolphin who was reported to have been comforting her family as they realised they had all become trapped and were about to meet their end. The mother dolphin was filmed rubbing up against her young trying to comfort them as they awaited their fate – which was either to be slaughtered or sold on to a dolphinarium.

Surely we need to realise that we are not the only sentient beings on Earth and that most of the living, breathing beings on this planet are just as sensitive as us humans, complete with families and mates.

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I couldn’t sleep for thinking of the pain that the mother must have endured as she realised their mortality as they bounced in the water, trapped in a cove in Taiji, Japan.

I was left wondering if us humans really are decent beings after all. To me there is no difference between the slaughter of dolphins or a cow or a human. We’re all deserving of life and love.

So please, think twice before you go to watch dolphins at Sea World as it promotes captivity of these amazing creatures. The world is a wonderful place and if only we could just live and let live then I’d cancel my ticket to the Moon.

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