July 28, 2016
BENEFITING: Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project, Inc.
Hey guys. So anyone that knows me knows that I have always had blonde hair. It makes me easily recognisable, one of the totally valid reasons that prove Elle Woods is my soul sister and for a long time, I've considered it part of who I am. There is, however, an even more important part of who I am and that is the part of me that loves animals and wants them to be happy and joyful and not kept in tanks so yes, I am am gonna dye my hair blue. Blue like the ocean. It's essentially a bad simile.
Lots of you have probably seen some campaigns against keeping killer whales/dolphins in captivity at places like Sea World, maybe you have even watched Blackfish or The Cove (or seen Harry Styles tweet about it). It has been a fairly hot topic for a while now but unfortunately there is still a lot of progress to be made to help these animals. Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project are a charity who campaign to end the captivity, trafficking and hunting of dolphins. Dolphins are sentient, intelligent and complex animals; there is evidence to show that they can use tools, grieve and even have cultures of their own. They can form strong and intense social and familial bonds and belong with their own kind, in the wild, and not in a tank. It is morally wrong to keep them captive for entertainment purposes. Many of these captive dolphins are caught during hunts and slaughters (such as the infamous Taiji dolphin drives) and are then purchased by aquariums/swim-with-dolphin programs.
If I had the money and the resources to permanently end captivity, and release those that could be released and rehabilitate those that couldn't into a good sanctuary then I would. Unfortunately, all I have is my student loan and my hair and I only get one of those over summer, so dying my hair blue it is. It is only a little thing in the grand scheme but it is a huge thing to me so any sponsor money you could spare would be so hugely appreciated, not only by me but by the charity and of course by the cetaceans themselves. Even if you can't spare any extra pennies, giving this post a share would be fantastic as raising awareness is half the battle. Thank you.