The content in this “news” piece is offensive. To me. To anyone who respects life. To the truth. It is offensive because it is, whether Mail Online realized it or not when it published this tripe, a piece whose one result is to create another “how darling” moment that justifies in the small-minded and those who would not examine the truth of the natural world and the falsity of the unnatural one, the thinking that the captivity of cetaceans is acceptable. Because one little girl somewhere feels something about an animal that will never have a natural life, will never know the life that it deserves.
And this reporter, Ms. Edwards, has the audacity to suggest that the animal is “bonding” with that little girl. Really? While I wouldn’t argue that Veronica had some special moments, those moments must not, must never be purchased at the price of the self-determinative rights of another creature. Veronica’s parents, who are likely otherwise intelligent, are inculcating in their daughter the ugly arrogance of homo “not so” sapiens, the thinking that wild animals for our amusement is acceptable.
I am nearly speechless. And can only say that I trust that if you are reading this, you are not taken in by this misinformation. If you don’t already know this, please watch this new film by Earth Island Institute Philippines, In Solidarity with Ric O’Barry, A Fall from Freedom, and this video by the International Fund for Animal Welfare that shows the process of how beluga whales, if not Juno’s parents specifically, were ripped from stable families in the ocean so that someone somewhere could say, “Ah, how cute,” and snap a few pics for a photo album, or newspaper fluff piece.
Parents, no “how cute” moment can ever justify cetacean captivity. Even if it’s your little girl. Correction: especially if it’s your little girl. She deserves to learn the truth and beauty of respecting life.