I was surfing the Internet when I came across some ads for Sea World. Whenever I see an ad for marine parks I feel physically ill. In high school when I had to do a report on a problem going on in the world I did a report on marine parks and dolphin slaughter in Japan. The sighting of the ads led to this Facebook post:
“I honestly do not understand the draw of marine parks. How is it awesome to go see wild animals, meant to be swimming hundreds of miles a day in the ocean, penned up in small tanks? It’s sickening. Choosing a moment of personal pleasure over an animal’s freedom.”
I then spent the next hour worked up to a point where I was very emotional and easily irritated. I had to distract myself with funny youtube videos to take my mind off things.
Sometimes I wish i didn’t feel everything so much. I wish my heart didn’t ache when I think of the cruel acts inflicted upon living creatures in this world. I wish I didn’t react so extremely to any hints at animal abuse or exploitation.
But I do. I am an emotional person. I am easily affected by actions against other living creatures. That is who I am. I can’t change that and I shouldn’t try.
I am doing all I can to make the world a better place through my diet and lifestyle choices. I am doing all I can to be proud of the choices and actions I make.
I would rather feel the hurt then be ignorant to it.
One day I will see all marine parks and circuses with exotic animals closed down. Because it’s the right thing to do. We should not exploit animals for personal pleasure.
But until then I will just keep living and moving forward day by day to a more peaceful and humane future.