On the heels of my "things to be depressed about" entry, I got a note from Peggy yesterday alerting her friends to a very depressing situation in Denmark.
The waters here aren't red from any bizarre climate change or overabundance of marine life that is feeding along the shores. This is the result of human cruelty. I suppose the Danes would not classify it as cruelty, but they slaughter hundreds of the "famous and intelligent" Calderon dolphins.
Apparently this takes place in the Feroe Islands and the main participants in the slaughter are teens. Why? As a right of passage into manhood.
It becomes a big spectator sport.
Quoting from the e-mail, "Is it necessary to mention that the dolphin calderon, like all the other species of dolphins, is near instinction and they get near men to play and interact. In a way of PURE friendship."
"They don’t die instantly; they are cut 1, 2 or 3 times with thick hocks. And at that time the dolphins produce a sound similar to the cry of a new born child."
While I understand (while not exactly condone) a slaughter in order to feed or clothe a family, I don't find anything honorable about mass killings just to prove manhood. If you are as appalled about this situation as I am, there is a web site where you can go to register your outrage.