All in the name of tradition!
My thanks to Valerie Tarico for this, albeit disturbing, post. Our first instinct may be to look away from this shocking image, but we should ask ourselves just how much humankind can get away with in the name of tradition.
It’s time to stop excusing cruel, unjust or destructive practices simply because they are traditional.
This week, people from the Faeroe Islands, an autonomous territory within Denmark, hunted down a pod of 1428 white-sided dolphins, highly intelligent social animals. The dolphins were harried for hours by humans on speed boats and jet skis and forced into a shallow bay. Then while each animal lay writhing and listening to cries of distress from familiar members of their pod, the islanders stabbed and sliced them to death with a knife or another sharp implement.
Some island residents and other Danish citizens have condemned the slaughter. One filmed parts of it, or the world would never have seen the chasing and killing in process or the bodies laid out on the beach. But participants and government spokespeople—while acknowledging that the huge number of…
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