Monday, April 07, 2008
  Why I should probably cancel my "sea turtle" google alert
Today this story came up:

Gazans Torture, Slaughter Sea Turtle With Makeshift Blade That Had - Jerusalem,Israel - Palestinians tortured and killed a giant leatherback sea turtle that had come ashore the beach in Gaza. After tying the turtle up, they attached it to a car ...

The link has a video.

Why? WHY WHY WHY WHY? (Oh, they think it's "as good as Viagra" - well, go get some Viagra, you impotent ASSHOLES.)

This poor thing... It comes out of the calm ocean... I think of what its life must be like in the ocean, drawing upon my experiences diving and when I've seen sea turtles underwater. It's so calm and quiet down there. So this big old thing lumbered ashore, for whatever reason, and a crowd of people attack it. Tie it up. Tie it to a car. Drag it with a car. Slit its throat.

It's beat so many odds in life to make it into being that huge, gorgeous creature... and it meets its end there, in such a sad, stupid way. And no one in that crowd stood up and said, "Let's leave this beautiful creature alone. Let it go back to the ocean."

That makes me so, so sad.
Having lived in the Muddle East for much of my formative years I can tell you that the local arabs are much like most of the others in the 3rd world. Ignorant savages that would piss in their own tea if they were convinced it would aid them in some way. It is unfortunate that much of the worlds remaining wildlife is the hands of idiots and morons that don't realize the value of what they have (had??). Its too bad that we only figured it out after we had eaten/destroyed ours. It's their turn now.....
People can be so cruel, and the most innocent victims are animals. It's a terrible, terrible thing when people hurt and kill each other, but when people hurt and kill animals... It's like they're striking at a part of the universe that's ignorant and helpless and innocent and wonderful. I'm fuming.
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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