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The Need for Whales is Elementary My Dear Watson

With conservationist Paul Watson fighting for his freedom and right to defend defenseless whales from human slaughter, it is little in the way of a surprise that aggressive whaling practices in Iceland, Japan, and the Faroe Islands have reemerged.

The word the brain searches for is hypocrisy. Webster's Dictionary defines hypocrisy as "the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform." In other words, it is the condition where people say one thing, but do another. Governments are a collective of individual people with the purpose of working towards common goals. One of those purported common goals, at least publicly, is the preservation of endangered species, of which just about every known whale species is thusly classified. Tax paying citizens around the world pay their governments tens of billions of dollars annually to enact and uphold endangered species laws. Yet, law-abiding conservationists face the constant threat of going to prison, while whalers, who slaughter these endangered species under the guise of research, remain untouched. People really need to stop and think about how the lives of whales are used as global chits.

The issues of conservation and law enforcement go far beyond the surface understanding of "save the whales." At the center of whale preservation is the rarely discussed matter of how whales are vital to the stability of Earth's water system. Therefore, whaling is not only breaking endangered species laws, but also violating a number of environmental acts, as well. Responsible members of proactive and productive organizations, such as the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, understand the urgency for global awareness towards a stable whale population.

The proliferation of krill can be likened to that of land bound insect populations, without nature's checks and balances in place; it tips the ecosystem on its side. The Blue Whale alone, consumes in excess of 40 million krill each day. Whale excrement is vital for the proliferation of phytoplankton, literally the building blocks for all aquatic life. Additionally, phytoplankton helps pull excess carbon from the air. Therefore, whales naturally regulate aquatic life, while systematically restarting the food chain cycle, and providing land bound animals with fresh air. To put this into selfish terms, people need whales to exist so that they might enjoy the same privilege. Since the inception of the Industrial Era, most people engage the act of living like it is a weekend barbeque, with little regard for over consumption and exponential pollution generation. This behavior surpasses primal "monkey on the mountain behavior," as at least primates have the forethought not to cull other species to the point of extinction, simply by exercising the common sense need to save their own kind.

The RecapIs the global community prepared to allow law-abiding people to be threatened with imprisonment merely for standing up for their convictions, while criminals not only get away with crimes, but also profit by it? Where has the elevated application of common sense occurred in any of this?

For those interested, sign the Stop Illegal Whaling Practices. Those seeking the opportunity to volunteer should strongly consider exploring the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

This is Deb Duxbury, for Animal Life, reminding you to please spay or neuter your pet.

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