That's right -- rather than use a dolphin (which, by the way, is free to keep swimming if it chooses when released but comes back anyway), it's better to leave the mines unfound and have a ship full of humanitarian aid sink in the channel. Thus, not only would all that aid go undelivered, but it could block the channel and keep the other ships from unloading too. So in other words, we should put an end to the dolphin's apparent good time and let thousands of humans starve.
And I suppose that rather than using a parakeet to detect chemical attack, we should instead ask one of our young marines or soldiers to take off his or her mask and see if it's OK to take the bag off the parakeet cage. I can see the letter now: "The Department of Defense regrets to inform you that your son, PFC Joe Baggadonuts, was killed in action saving a parakeet from certain death."
This is why we have the first amendment -- so that nuts like this can speak and let others know not to send a check to support them.
[ This Message was edited by: expatriate on 2003-04-04 21:31 ]
Is this the best that PETA can come up with? For a group, that is supposedly back by 750,000 members, these individuals analyze some the worst possible topics to protest!!
These fish, or I guess a more politically correct term, "Porpoises" are protecting human lives... Our soldiers and humanitarian aid will benefit from these specially trained mine sniffers, which in-essence has lowered the overall risk of possible mine casualties. So in the words of Martha Stewart, "That's a good thing."
But if the use of porpoise or sea lion mine sniffing techniques offends anyone... I would like to hold a fund raising event to save the dolphines by having all of the 750,000 members of PETA along with the offend individuals, in protest, swim across Iraq's mine infested port!! It should be a slamming good time!!
Never take life to seriously... You'll never get out alive!!
[ This Message was edited by: Quicksilver on 2003-05-12 13:19 ]
Unfortunately yes. Because animals are people too, PETA's 750,000 members are comprised mostly of trained monkeys.
No really. If animals are people too, the democratic way to manage an animal rights group is to put animals on the board, the public relations committee, and in lobby efforts. Naturally the organization is a real circus, producing many hair brained ideas that are always a little fishy.
For instance, this gal is the current reigning president of PETA:
[ This Message was edited by: bitmasher on 2003-05-13 23:45 ]
Although the resemblance is remarkable, that can't be a photo of PETA's current president. Scientists have discovered that Chimpanzees (including Jane Goodall's famous band) will gladly eat meat as a necessary protein source. They'll even fight over it. So I think the photo may in fact be one of Ingrid's smarter relatives.
There are still some who insist a scope is not needed for the type hunting they do, ignoring the advances of the last 150 years in optical sights. (Even the ultra-conservative US Army has adopted optical sights.) The idea that in some special circumstances open iron sights or aperture (peep) sights might be more useful is not lost on me, but with the inevitable advance of age comes the reduction in visual acuity needed for using iron sights.
I believe that many who completely resist the idea of...