|Dogs of the sea|
Greenies and crystal
gazers were up in arms about a dolphin trading in the Solomons before the
arrival of the Australian law-men. The dolphins were being held in sea-cages at
the Solomons and were sold to a Mexican theme park - being rushed out to their
new home before the arrival of the main Australian force due to fears that the
Australians might interfere with the shipment.
And not without reason, since Australia's Environment Minister had called on
Mexico to block the importation. Exactly why Australian politicians think they
have a right to interfere with peaceful trade between other nations is
something of a mystery, but presumably has something to with navel-gazing
crystal therapists who like to believe there is something mystical about these
dogs of the sea.
Dolphins are more intelligent than most animals, but are are no more
intelligent than the common canine. The fact that they always seem to be
smiling in trashy US TV programs like Flipper, and the fact that that only a
small proportion of people have serious contact with them have given them a
friendly yet mystical image which mere common sense seems unable to dispel.
Of course even dispelling that myth wouldn't stop many of the Greenies, who
have also been howling about the importation of clothes made of dog and cat
fur. Apparently they think that the fact that many people have dogs and cats as
pets gives them the right to stop other people from farming them.
Think this through guys - the reason that they make such cuddly pets is because
of their soft fur, which also makes them excellent for cuddly fur coats. Which
is more than you could say for the dolphins. So what's the problem?