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Why we should never go to SeaWorld

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I received an upsetting text message last week from my good friend, 44144. “Cove Update: Dolphins killed in Taiji last week. But we won’t give up! Text COVE to 20222 to donate $10 to Save Japan Dolphins/Earth Island.” I replied. But the minimal gesture of responding just didn’t suffice.

I came across a documentary a few years ago that really struck a nerve. The Cove brought light to an extreme case of animal abuse occurring every year in Taiji, Japan–a town that vows to have an affixation for dolphins, and yet is their greatest nightmare. Every September, the crisp-blue waters of the Taiji coast turn a dark and deep red after fishermen literally take a stab at the dolphins they’ve managed to lure into a hidden coast off the small island.

Fishermen aren’t looking to kill all the dolphins they capture, but rather pick out a select few to be sold for entertainment to aquariums, resorts and theme parks around the world. This special breed of “show” dolphins is worth thousands of dollars and investors have no problem paying the price despite the inhumane manner in which they are captured.

Dolphins are sensitive creatures that cannot survive if they are not in their natural habitat. Much like elephants, dolphins are emotional animals and captivity brings them down. Dolphins in captivity constantly die of “unknown” causes, even in state-of-the-art aquatic environments like SeaWorld. Their will to live dwindles in a tank.

The hundreds of remaining dolphins not suitable for the entertainment industry aren’t set free but rather slaughtered for their meat. Dolphin meat has toxic mercury levels that are extremely harmful to people and yet their meat is packaged and sold as “whale” meat. Dolphins are technically part of the whale family so industry tycoons can get away with the false advertising. However, these same dolphins aren’t protected under the same law that prohibits the fishing and slaughtering of most whales.

Ric O’barry essentially created the dolphin-entertainment industry when he successfully trained five dolphins and starred in the hit series, Flipper. Ric now dedicates his efforts to putting an end to the capturing , selling and training of dolphins. His efforts have been recognized around the world, but progress has been slow. Despite the mass attention “The Cove” received, including an Academy Award, the people of Taiji are still getting away with murder in that small cove that holds the secrets of fishermen and the final breaths of innocent animals.

A Brief Intro ‘duck’ tion

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I cried the first time I saw Airbud. Yes, Airbud—the movie about the dog that plays basketball. It was on this day that I realized how sensitive I was not only to K9’s, but all animals. My name is Jessica Peraza and I am an animal lover. Forgive me if I pet your puppy before acknowledging your child.

I grew up in Nogales, Arizona—the town borders Mexico so to say there is a Hispanic influence in my life is an understatement. My mom and dad are the mostly-proud parents of four children. I’m the second and my personal favorite is number four. My little brother is the funniest person I know.

My dogs have me wrapped around their little paws. Both of them live a life of luxury with my mother catering to their every need. The trade-off is all the laughs we get from them in return. Last December my sister gave me a beta fish for Christmas. I loved that fish like no other. He would travel with me on weekends and keep me company when I was home. Unfortunately, the fish-tank lifestyle got to be too much for him and he jumped. I found him on my kitchen counter. I’m still traumatized by that.

I am pursuing a career in public relations and currently attending Arizona State University at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The fact that I chose ASU over the University of Arizona was shocking to my family of die-hard wildcats—but they’ve learned to love the Sun Devils…or maybe they just fear the fork.

I have decided to dedicate my blog to raising awareness on animal cruelty throughout the world. Last year, I watched a documentary that really struck me: The Cove  exposed the awful truth of the abuse and killing of dolphins. The film made me realize just how terrible the mistreatment of animals is and how unaware most people are of what’s going on. I hope to inspire action through my writing and just maybe, save an animal life here and there.

For the record, I still cry every time I watch Airbud. Never give a golden retriever pudding and ditch him on an island.