Last night I was thinking about a post I made a couple months ago where I was really angry with this documentary I saw. To recap, it was about this orca who was without a pod on the coast of B.C and so started swimming along rivers and bays looking for human companionship. He/she would swim up to people’s boats and the people would either touch the orca or just watch. Although there hadn’t been anybody who had tried to hurt the orca, a group decided that to prevent the possibility, they would fine people who associated with the whale. They would then boat around and tell people who had stopped their boats to see the orca that they had to leave or they would be fined. Essentially, these people were depriving a social animal of companionship and this pissed me off so much!
Anyways, when I thought about it last night, I could feel the hostility build in me again. I decided to try and pinpoint what exactly was causing the hostility. I thought about how people would saythat they had to protect the animal from people who would take advantage of his/her friendliness and hurt him/her. Not only does that involve humans imposing their will on other species, which ticks me off because, I mean, how egotistical and self-absorbed are we? but it also is extremely indulgant. I say that because it’s basically people totally ignoring the fact that the problem is the people who think they can hurt animals. ‘Officials’ would rather impose their will on another creature and spout that it’s ‘for their own good’ when it’s really just harming the creature (the orca wanted friendship and was deprived of it by humans who got off on playing god >.>) than actually confront the real problem and deal with the people who would harm the animal. Those people need to be dealt with the same way they would be if they harmed a human being; jail, or at least a major fine. Maybe this will show people that they can’t view animals as lesser beings. That goes for ‘officials’ though too. They have to stop believing that they know best when it comes to other species’ lives and just preoccupt themselves with keeping their OWN species in check.