Today’s post for VegWeek doesn’t have to do with food, which may seem strange. However, since many people choose to go veg because they love animals (myself very much included), I thought that a post about animals would make sense as we celebrate this week.
Last night, I had the pleasure of attending “Kiss The Sky: The Orca Freedom Concert,” a benefit to raise money for various organizations that help orcas. Held at EMP in Seattle, the concert was a lot of fun, featuring Country Joe McDonald, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Heart with Graham Nash as their special guest, and several other performers.
For me, though, the highlight of the evening was hearing the stories of people who have dedicated their lives to helping whales and dolphins. Since many of these organizations were new to me, I wanted to share them here with you to make sure as many people as possible are familiar with their work. Please check out their sites and learn more about the important work they are doing, and if you are able to support them in some way, that would be wonderful.
The first speaker was Dr. Paul Spong of OrcaLab. I found his talk extremely moving. He is a gentle soul whose life has been devoted to understanding and trying to protect these wonderful creatures, and his story of knowing Corky (an orca who has been in captivity longer than any other) and her mother prior to Corky’s capture had me in tears. Please check out their site and the “Free Corky” campaign: http://orcalab.org/
The other passionate speakers were Dave Phillips from Earth Island Institute and Ken Balcomb from the Center for Whale Research, both wonderful organizations doing important work:
I am grateful that there are people who devote their lives to making the world better for all of its inhabitants, including these magnificent residents of the sea.