When it comes to animals, everyone seems to have an opinion. Some love them, some hate them. Some believe that animals feel and experience authentic emotions, while others believe that they do not have the capability to do so. A lack of belief in the existence of emotions in animals is often used to justify wrongful treatment. Are some animals more aware of feelings than others? These questions and more demand answers. Animals definitely have emotions, and because of this we must rethink many of our modern practices.
Caro's focus on the pre-adolescent female protagonist in Whale Rider creates a parallel between the personal development of the individual and that of the ancient Maori culture in modern society. The Whangara people are portrayed as “a community frozen in time, waiting to be saved” (Hokowhitu 58) as they believe that their existence is reliant purely on a brave prophet, Paikea, who rode on the back of a whale to escape death. Whangara chiefs trust that each first born male has the potential to be Paikea’s direct descendant. Paikea knew from the moment of her birth that she was resented, stating “there was no gladness when I was born. My twin brother died and took my mother with him. Everyone was waiting for the first born boy to lead us, but he died and I didn’t”.
Unit 1 ties into the theme of tolerance and the acceptance of others, as Barbara Jordan said it, “We, as human beings, must be willing to accept people who are different from ourselves”. Whether it was the short story What of This Goldfish, Would You Wish? Or the newspaper editorial The American Flag Stands For Tolerance, the pieces dive into and explore the issues of acceptance among others.
Jeremy Rifkin in the article " A Change of Heart about Animals" argues on the fact that as incredible as it sounds, many of our fellow creatures as like us in so many ways. For example, in a movie named Paulie a young girl that suffers autism gets attached to a parrot. The girl struggles to talk but she just can't. Time passes by and then the girl starts talking because the parrot helped her. An incident happened so the little girl's parents decide to let the parrot go. The parrot ends up in an animal testing lab but somehow he managed to escape. The parrot begins to miss his owner because he formed a bond with a human being. Obviously, this proves Rifkin is right when he states that animals experience feelings like human beings.
Orcas are complex social creatures deserving freedom and respect, not captivity in theme parks under the guise of public education and entertainment. Aquarium staffs say captive whales are priceless educational tools. However, people can educate their children by bringing them to the wild instead of bringing the wild to them at the expense of the Orcas health and well-being. "The price of a family admission ticket is what continues to drive this cruel spectacle," according to Michael O' Sullivan, the Executive Director of The Humane Society of Canada (Whales in Captivity, 2010, Para. 3). Orcas suffer in many ways in
For years the killer whale, also known as Orcinus orca, has been drawing the attention of the public through the entertainment industry. These marine mammals have been bringing in billions of dollars to amusement parks such as Sea World, but at what cost? An idea that these killer whales can live happily and content while in captivity may be going through the minds of the public, but this cannot be further away from the truth. To have such complex creatures in captivity is not morally correct and there are many points against it, such as their level of emotional competence, violence between the killer whales, violence of killer of whales towards trainers, shorter lifespans, physical harm, and their level of intelligence. After taking a look at how these creatures function and the conditions they are put in while in captivity, there is no question about whether or not these mammals should be kept in captivity; an experience such as this affects these marine mammals just about the same as it would affect a human because of their high highly developed emotions and complexity. Since these industries do not have a natural authority over these creatures no matter the cause, the best thing they could do for these killer whales is to stop capturing them and return those who are capable back to the wild.
Deep in an African jungle, a small group of natives from the Bayaka tribe has joined an expedition of the utmost importance. Led by two scientists from America, they search urgently for evidence of unidentified projectiles that have plummeted from the heavens. Unknown to the natives, the scientists have intentionally placed them within a ruthless situation, and due to the nature of the task, they anticipate unpredictable and fatal conditions if the extraterrestrial fragments are found. The unsuspecting natives are in a deadly race against time as they diligently hack their way through the thick brush and dense shrubbery fighting off the warlike attacks of the hungry mosquitoes. With a watchful eye toward the strange illumination, they have no idea this curious glow will soon prove costly.
“ Imagine if the world you lived in, the space you breathed in, and the freedom you played in were suddenly taken away from you.” (Free Willy). This is unfortunately the case for much of our marine wildlife, specifically Orcas. Over 53 Orcas live in captivity at 12 marine parks around the world (Orca Project). Innocent Whales are being captured and tortured all for the use of our own enjoyment. I grew up going to Sea World, as I’m sure most kids in the San Diego area did as well. It was relatively inexpensive and fun for the whole family. What five year old kid doesn’t wanna see a giant whale doing tricks? It was Shamu up close and personal! Little did I know back then that “Shamu” wasn’t really Shamu at all. It was an innocent whale who
I’ll do as directed. Though, I still need to see the Dolphin Statue up close. Malcolm and Doris oblige me. While we meander there, I don’t speak about the cyclist with the yellow baseball cap, though I yearn for him and Bobby. I put that aside and continue my journey to reach the bronze sculpture. Where, at last in its magnificence, I find solace. In the belief, that my brother and perhaps his twin have gone to a place like Summerland, to rest in beauty and peace, in a universe where dolphins play and kindness is the norm.
This book really grabbed me right from the beginning of the story. The story begins with the birth of fraternal twins, with the grandfather patiently awaiting the birth of the son. Right away I felt sadness when the mother and one of the twins die. The boy dies and the girl survives. The grandpa seems to not care about the girl who survived . He was longing for his grandson because he is from the Maori tribe and the tribe is waiting for the sign of a new chief to be born . The chief would lead the village and its community to greatness. Many elders have been born but none with the strength to be the next chief. The little girl was named Pai. The grandma of Pai took her home to raise her along with the grandfather. The grandfather showed
“Splish! Splash!” The sound of bottlenose dolphins jumping and swimming around their tank excites a family at SeaWorld as they wait to experience their first encounter with the dolphins. Every year, bottlenose dolphins bring joy to hundreds of people in both captivity and the wild, but what do people truly know about them? Bottlenose dolphins are actually unique and interesting creatures.
According the University of St. Andrews’ study, of 29 different dolphins, whistling rates during non-polarized and socializing movements were higher than surface travel (Quick & Janik, 2008).
The controversy over the rights of animals continues today within the United States. There has always been a question about the emotions of animals. Can animals feel and exhibit emotions in the same way that humans do? Some people agree that animals do show signs of intelligence and emotions like love and pain. After-all there are bird breeds who mate with only one partner during their lifespan giving us the impression