IT was with great interest I recently watched on CNN a campaign against the killer whales being kept and bred in captivity in the U.S.
According to the activists, they might be providing “entertainment” for a large number of people, but keeping them away from their natural habitat was being cruel to the animals as well as to the environment.
I was immensely impressed by the conviction with which one of the activists said that by 2017 there would be none of them in captivity in the U.S.
Then I heard of the “fracking venture” in Matatiele (where I live), which would inevitably damage the ecosystem that would have a serious negative impact on all living things, converting this beautiful land into an uninhabitable wilderness.
The people who are behind the project are from the same place where people were seen to be fighting for the killer whales and their natural habitat.
Is it possible that the environment around Matatiele, with all its people and animals, is worth less than the killer whales in captivity in the U.S, or is it that some people have the privilege of keeping their own houses clean and mess up the houses of others?
One thing is certain, the people behind this venture are only interested in money – not in the environment and not at all in the people whose cry will only fall on deaf ears.
It is said “to the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail”.
The man stuck to his hammer may not have a choice, but the people around Matatiele have the choice not to be his nail.