(CNSNews.com) – Animal rights activists are blasting the
U.S. Navy for its use of mine-detecting dolphins in the war with Iraq because,
according to the activists, the marine mammals "have not volunteered" to
be part of the war.
Stephanie Boyles, a wildlife biologist with People for the Ethical Treatment
of Animals (PETA), said the use of dolphins to sweep for mines in Iraq is "just
"These are animals that, number one, have not volunteered to take part
in this whatsoever. Number two, they are being put in harm’s way…when they
don’t even know they are in harm’s way," Boyles told CNSNews.com.
The dolphins also did not request or authorize PETA to defend
them. If we have an ongoing dolphin draft I wonder if we will have some draft
dodging dolphins swimming to Canada or joining the dolphin ROTC to get a deferment.
I am sure
that if Flipper was still around he would have done his patriotic duty and
volunteered. There might also be some international consequences of us drafting
they are actually citizens of another sovereign country, Finland.