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If Animals Could Talk

December 24, 2014 by Leave a Comment


Opinion

In 1996, whale biologist Ken Balcomb of the Center for Whale Research played an audio recording of Lolita’s pod next to her pool at the Miami Seaquarium, where she has been held captive since being kidnapped in 1970. When Lolita heard the vocalizations, she rose out of the water to get closer to the sounds that she appeared to recognize.

Lolita listens to vocalizations of her pod.

Lolita listens to vocalizations of her pod.

Like Lolita, all animals communicate with each other, but they can’t speak human languages. If they could, what would they say to the people have robbed them of everything that makes life worth living?

"Please send me home to Africa."

“I’m a wild animal. Please send me home to Africa.”

"Please don't grind me. I'm just a baby."

“Don’t grind me. I’m just a baby.”

"Please don't shoot me."

“Have mercy on me. I am innocent”

"What are you doing to my friend?"

“What are you doing to my friend?”

"I am in agony. Somebody help me."

“I am in agony. Somebody help me.”

"Take these blinders off of me and get me off the street."

“Take these blinders off of me and look into my eyes.”

"We are not luggage. Please get us out of here."

“We can’t breathe in here.” (photo: Animals Australia)

"Please take me home. I don't belong in a pool."

“Please take me home to my family. I don’t belong in a pool.”

"Get me out of this concrete pit. I'm lonely; I'm bored, and I don't belong here."

“I don’t belong in a concrete pit.”

"Please don't rope me. I haven't done anything wrong." (photo: SHARK)

“Please don’t attack me. I haven’t done anything wrong.” (photo: SHARK)

"Somebody help me. Steel blades are tearing apart my leg."

“Somebody help me! This steel trap is tearing apart my leg.”

"Please tell the others to get me out of this zoo. I am not an exhibit."

“Please tell the others to get me out of this zoo. I am not an exhibit.”

"Are you really skinning me alive?"

“Are you really skinning me alive?”

"You're choking me!"

“You’re choking me!”

"Why did you set me on fire? Put it out!"

“How can you set me on fire? Put it out!”

gestation crates

“I am going insane in this cage.”

"I saw what you did to the others. Please don't kill me."

“I saw what you did to the others. Please don’t kill me.”

"No. Not again."

“It hurts when you insert a metal pipe down my throat to force feed me.”

Photo: PETA

“I belong in a forest in Asia with my family, not in a box car.” (photo: PETA)

"Haven't you stabbed me enough already?"

“Haven’t you stabbed me enough already?”

"I am not a TV stand."

“I am not a TV stand.”

Do I look like I belong here?

“Do I look like I belong here?”

"You've taken everything from us for your palm oil."

“You’ve taken everything from us for your palm oil.”

"Relax, Max. It's Just Mayo."

“How do I open this thing?”



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  1. Natasha Brenner says:

    BRAVO, JACK SANSO!

  2. Elizete de Oliveira says:

    THE TIME HAS ARRIVED! Civilized PEOPLE AND good natured, UNITE TO REJECT ABUSE AGAINST ANIMALS, AND WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
    COME ON GOOD PEOPLE, WE’RE TOGETHER IN THIS FIGHT, GOD BLESS US AND WILL GIVE THE WIN TO EVERYONE, HAVE A BLESSED DAY.

  3. Ty Savoy says:

    Wowza! Incredible photo essay. I wish every sp[eciesist I know could see this.

  4. Terry says:

    When people go around saying “Peace on Earth” in this holiday season, too bad they don’t mean non-human animals, too. People who think that they’re good people because they go to church, synagogue or other places of worship, think it’s perfectly alright to be cruel to animals. Unfortunately, Earth won’t be a paradise as long as cruel, self-centered and thoughtless humans are around.

    1. leslie roman says:

      I agree!! How can people say they have a good heart if they murder innocent animals while listening to their screams!.how dare they!.if they could only feel what they did to them, they would think twice!! Good people do not hurt animals..

  5. Elinor Hawke-Szady says:

    Animals are more intelligent that humans are… WAIT – we’re animals too. WHEN are we going to start treating each other – and all other species – as our EQUALS instead of as our slaves?

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