My letters

Submitted letters to the editor and other parties. Only a few of these were published.

Sunday, September 12, 2004

To the letters editor:

I agree that dolphins and whales should not be held captive to perform for humans (“Spring Captive Aquarium Whales, Say Protestors,” Park Slope Courier, Sept. 13). These supposedly intelligent beasts have social organization in the wild, and probably miss being with their families, as many humans do.

If the animals that perform at Sea World are so smart, their relatives in the wild might have a place called Land World, where humans are kept captive and forced to perform. Perhaps Amelia Earhart was rescued by dolphins and whales and now entertains at Land World by giving lectures on air navigation at sea. Perhaps Capt. Smith of the Titanic was rescued and now explains how to steer huge ships through treacherous ice fields.

If these animals are so smart, why can’t they figure out how to get themselves sprung? If I were captive at Land World, I would act dumb as a tuna and refuse to perform, until I was released as useless. I would only hope that the marine equivalent of political correctness would prevent me being punished for my recalcitrance.

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