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Animal Welfare, Culture

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?

Sad.

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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.

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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! http://vegangrammieannie.blogspot.ca/2014/04/dehorning-and-other-cruel-farming.html
    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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