Yet another video of humans disrespecting an animal for a photo op is making rounds online. The footage shows numerous people towering over and touching a dolphin on a beach at San Bernardo del Tuyú, Argentina.
Instead of helping the washed-ashore dolphin back into the water, bystanders, who later claimed that the dolphin was already dead, touched the animal and snapped photos. However, a witness to the incident told reporters that they “let him die” on the beach.
It’s unclear whether this dolphin was dead on the shore before humans arrived, but it’s obvious that these beachgoers failed to value this animal’s existence. They saw an animal potentially in distress but decided that their own selfish agenda took precedence over providing any help or granting the dolphin any sort of dignity.
Leave wild animals in peace!
Animals are not selfie props. However, they’re routinely injured, exploited, and killed because of human vanity. Turtles have been beaten by crowds and stepped on, sharks have been dragged from the ocean to die, and baby tigers have been torn away from their mothers—just so that humans could take photos with them. And what do these photos achieve? “Likes”? Shares? If there’s any risk that your photo is going to harm or stress an animal, it’s not worth it.
Don’t Forget Your Compassion During Your Next Getaway
Observe wildlife from a safe distance. Participate in activities on the water that don’t contribute to animal suffering, such as swimming or kayaking. And always be mindful of what your money is supporting. Animals suffer and die for human entertainment every day—in marine parks, on beaches, and wherever companies place profit before animals’ well-being.