The body of a dolphin was recently found in a wildlife refuge in Louisiana. This dolphin did not die of natural causes or even from a man-made environmental disaster as seems to be prevalent in recent years. This dolphin, as it turns out, died because some psycho shot it in the lung. This is not the only recent case of someone massacring a dolphin either. Last summer, a dolphin was found that had been stabbed in the head with a screwdriver.
One could imagine that the type of person that would kill a dolphin in such a manner would be the same type that might kick a stray dog or spit on a homeless person. The reality is, however, somewhat more economic in nature. Most dolphin killings are attributed to fishermen in the local waters.
Dolphins are one of the chief sources of competition for fish supplies and there have been several cases in the past of fishermen being arrested for attacking them with guns or pipe bombs. A somewhat lesser problem involves people deciding that dolphins make good target practice.
This problem is further exacerbated by people feeding dolphins and making them more amenable to human interaction. This causes them to approach boats and become easier targets. It also results in more incidental deaths, such as from boat propellers, nets and the like.
It’s a sad state of affairs when profit becomes more important than the lives of these intelligent creatures. Apparently, if a life form is not human than it’s a viable target for butchering. I have to wonder, if these same dolphin killers could get away with killing their human competition whether they would do that as well.
Currently, a $1500 reward is being offered for information leading to the conviction of the recent dolphin shooter, though no suspects have been found so far.