Friday, June 20, 2014

A dilemma - Dolphin Discovery Programme

I have been faced with a dilemma for the last two months. Earlier this year, the girl asked to go to the Dolphin Discovery/Adventure programme offered by Resorts World Sentosa (RWS).  In all honesty, I have been rather apathetic about the call to free the dolphins.  I was undecided about what I should do with regards to the girl's request, not because I personally feel for the cause but rather that it is the social pressure of "the right thing to do".  In April, I was sent some direct mail from RWS and there was a promotion for the activity.  Well, I decided to first make a reservation for late June and then take some time to think about it.

A month back, another one of the dolphins died. This renewed the call by activist to free the dolphins.  Even SPCA urged RWS to let the dolphins go. With that affecting my thoughts and probably conscience, I decided to explain to the girl why we should not participate in the programme. After our lengthy conversation, we managed to come to a compromise on doing something else instead.  However, a few days later, as I told a friend about our change of plans, she simply asked me if I eat foie gras, which I definitely do.  Then she said to me to "not be a hypocrite".  This hit home.  I am a carnivore, I eat much more meat products than most of my family members. I have leather bags.  I had fur coats (handed down from the husband's grandmother).  And although I would not torture nor abuse an animal, I am no animal activist nor advocate!  Yes, we make donations to SPCA and WWF to help them in their work but to truly make a stand, I realize that it would not be me.  The truth is, if left to me, without the influence of all the various media and voices of the activists to boycott the Dolphin Island, I would not have hesitated to bring the girl there.  And now, I am left wondering if I am imposing my half hearted conviction on my daughter because it is the socially acceptable thing to do. Or should I truly let her decide because I know how much she has been looking forward to the experience. 

I still have a few days to seriously consider and decide. 

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