I am also very passionate about helping marine animals, in any way that I can. I would love to help people like Ric or Lincoln O’Barry, or other people who are actively helping.
This probably sounds redundant, because almost every young adult says this, but I want to truly make a difference. But in my case, I think it’s a little different, at least from most young adults my age. Like Ric O’Barry’s infamous saying, “You’re either an activist or an inactivist.” Well, I consider myself an activist.
From the time that I was 3 years old, I’ve been cultivating an immense passion for animals. I’ve been volunteering since I was 12 years old, starting with an animal hospital. I’ve volunteered at animal hospitals (even one in Yokohama, Japan), animal shelters, and a marine mammal care center. I’ve rescued baby raccoons, baby sparrows, kittens/cats, and puppies/dogs. I’ve done research on Great White sharks in Africa with Oceans Research. But it was at the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro, CA, that I discovered that my biggest passion was for marine animals. Looking into a sea lion’s eyes is unparalleled to any experience that I’ve ever had. I swear that when they look back at you, they actually SEE you. After helping these dogs of the sea, how could I turn my back on marine mammals? All I want to do is SAVE them.
My first activist-related experience was with the Taiji Dolphins cause. After I watched the movie The Cove, I felt so heart broken over what these dolphins go through on a daily basis during hunting season. I still don’t understand how the Taiji fisherman can brutally slaughter these dolphins in such a merciless manner, and not be haunted by their own actions. So ever since watching the movie, I’ve tried to spread awareness to assist the efforts of the many other amazing people that are trying to end this slaughter. I’ve tried to spread the word to as many people as I can, and even screened the movie at UCLA. And I still want to do more.
I decided to start this blog so that I can tell people the things affecting the creatures that I care so much about. My hope is people will be touched after reading about my feelings of desperation about these ongoing cruelties, at least in some ways. It truly hurts me that our generation is so apathetic towards the sufferings of marine animals. I know that there are so many other horrible things in this world, but I think that if we all cared a little more, and if we all helped a little more, we could make this world a little brighter. It’s easier not to care, but that doesn’t mean that it’s right.
Ghandi may have said it best, “Whatever you do in life will be insignificant, but it’s very important that you do it.” One person can indeed change lives.
“When we return wild animals to nature, we merely return them to what is already theirs. For man cannot give wild animals freedom; they can only take it away.” ~ Jacques Cousteau