Thursday, 25 September 2008

So long, and thanks for all the penicillin

It has been reported that some dolphins were stranded off Massachusetts last year while trying to enter the United States without the necessary paperwork - apparently to obtain medical services. The dolphins, many of them with serious medical conditions, several pregnant, were stranded near Cape Cod in what appears to have been an attempted illegal immigration akin to that by the Cuban boat people.

While we have no evidence of dictators running amok within the dolphin world, it is clear that these dolphins needed significant medical attention and that they chose Massachusetts as their entry point to the USA for a reason. Massachusetts only recently enacted universal healthcare. It would seem, therefore, that these dolphins were going there for that purpose. Does this demonstrate an amoral attitude among dolphins?

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