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The hunting and slaughtering of sea turtles is woefully short-sighted, stupid and ignorant.
The ban on hunting and the slaughtering of turtles is the work of a statesman. It is the only fresh idea that they have come up with that tells me maybe, just maybe somebody is getting serious about tourism. I really cannot call the ban “innovative,” or “novel”. And “fresh idea” is more flattering than should be. I am not going rain on his parade, though, because by any standard, it is a glorious ban and it took cojones. I would like to think that the international airport had a little something to do with decision. Whatever, or whichever it is still statesmancraft and gusty; you have to hand it to him.
The move, however, brings a considerable burden and political risk: to do or not to do the same for whale watching. The argument and reasons for the first is identical — not “similar” — to that for the second and no fair, right-minded person, especially a neo-statesman, can argue on behalf of one and against the other. The ball is in your court, Prime Minister. You put it there. Do the obvious and right thing or you will be accused of extreme double standards. Go for whale watching.
In Barbados, if someone harms a turtle, in the slightest, or even frightens them, the villain would come close to a lynching (beatings has been had) before the law gets them. And you know why? Because of this: you touch the turtle, you touch me.
Even in the case of a whale, the watching industry if far more lucrative than the butchering industry. And, please, do not talk to me about “our culture” and expect me to respond. It will be a little infra dig.
Check out the hyperlink above and ask yourself this: what if Barbados had whales like we have?
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