I never cease to be amazed by PETA-types.
From the Daily Mail article:
It’s a scene that brings laughter and cheers from visitors to a Japanese aquarium – two white beluga whales wearing Santa hats.
But environmentalists are saddened by the sight of what they say is the final humiliation for the whale in a country that hunts them down with harpoons.
The beluga whales have been fitted out with the cute Santa hats to entertain the crowds at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise on Yokohama Island.
“While whales are being used for entertainment in Japan, the Japanese fleet is subjecting whales to a cruel death in the Southern Ocean,” said Mr Darren Kindleysides, a Sydney-based campaigner for the International Fund for Wildlife.
“Sadly, the aquarium owners seem to be showing as little respect for whales as their Government.”
First of all, it’s not humiliating. If anything, the aquarium owners are humanizing the whales in an emotional sense, likely endearing them to audiences and making people more likely to come to their defense.
Humans only protect what they care about; making these whales “cute” only brings them closer to people’s hearts.
Additionally, the whales don’t seem to mind. I doubt they’re getting 50 lashes behind the scenes, being told, “You wear the hat, or else!”
I’m no radical environmentalist, but I do consider myself a conservationist, and I don’t see anything wrong with celebrating the holidays with the captive animals.