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Photo of the Day: Fraternity Dudebros Tagged Washed Up Whale

Philly Mag reports: The whale appears to be marked with the Greek letters Tau Epsilon Phi, a fraternity headquartered in Voorhees with three local chapters: Penn, Rutgers and Rowan.

The Marine Mammal Stranding Center hasn’t determined a cause of death yet, but whales wash ashore on New Jersey beaches relatively frequently. A dead dolphin was also found a few blocks from the whale; there is believed to be no connection. The whale was about 15 feet long.

The disrespect of this whale is mindblowing. “Tagging” is a form of graffiti used on areas like walls, not corpses; to the fratboys, the whale was nothing more than a wall or blank space for them to reclaim. Animals are not ours to claim.

Someone responded to the tweet something to the effect of, “Who cares, its trash!” Well I care, and I don’t agree that animals are trash. Animals cannot be trash because animals are not objects. Stop calling them “it.” Can you imagine if the story was about a dead companion animal who was found “tagged”? I highly doubt we’d read comments like, “Who cares, it’s trash!” in regards to a pet dog or cat. But this is just a whale, so who cares, right?



About The Paw Report

I graduated from St. John's University School of Law in 2012, and am admitted to practice law in New York State. I was a member of the New York City Bar Association's Animal Law Committee for three years. I was born and raised in Rhode Island, but moved to New Mexico when I was 18. After dabbling in film for two years, I graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Anthropology. I've been living in New York City since 2008, and currently reside in Brooklyn with my boyfriend and our two cats. I am a former organizer with Direct Action Everywhere - New York City.


One thought on “Photo of the Day: Fraternity Dudebros Tagged Washed Up Whale

  1. Hi Rachel,
    I agree with you wholeheartedly. I wrote a post on my blog about the disrespect shown to cows in the act of dehorning and the dismissive explanations of the why!
    Your articles are informative and your view is honest. I am adding your blog to my blog list. Thank you for respecting nonhuman animals and for shining a light.
    Peace, Anne


    Posted by Vegan Grammie Annie | May 3, 2014, 7:10 am

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