their annual migration as they traveled thousands of miles from Brazil,
141 Magellan penguins were discovered coated with oil off Argentina’s
southern Patagonian coast.
Although some were 80% covered with oil,
and 11 that sadly had succumbed to poisoning from the contamination, the
remaining birds are being cleaned and cared for by rescue workers at an
emergency clinic in Chubut province,to prepare them for their release
back into nature.
Although officials have not found the oil’s
source, Chubut provincial Governor Mario Das Neves pledged to locate
those responsible. Magellan penguins, which reside exclusively in South
America, are considered a threatened species, primarily because of oil
spills as well as climate change, which is causing them to have to
travel farther for food.
Although it saddens us to know of those
who perished, we are thankful for the lifesaving efforts of the
Argentine rescue personnel and for Governor Mario Das Neves’ concern. As
we realize more and more the precious gifts bestowed through these
creations of the Divine, may we all strive to ensure the safety of their
lives and homes as we would our own.
During a July 2008
videoconference in Formosa (Taiwan), Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke of
the effects of humanity’s actions with regard to other beings,
highlighting our need to preserve the balance of all life.
Supreme Master Ching Hai:
Indeed it’s a sad news as some companies or individuals are not
responsible because they do not perceive the impact of their actions and
the consequences on the environment if they are careless. http://www.france24.com/en/20100915-efforts-underway-save-oil-soaked-penguins-Argentinahttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/photo/2010-09/17/c_13516929_2.htmhttp://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-world/oilsoaked-penguins-poisoned-20100916-15cx5.htmlhttp://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/world/view/20100916-292532/Efforts-underway-to-save-oil-soaked-penguins-in-Argentina
many marine species have suffered, decreased, or completely been wiped
out of existence, due to such other’s and careless actions. Oil spills
and all that, garbage disposal and all that is harming the environment
and killing the wilds a lot.
So I suggest that stricter rules
must be imposed to protect the sea, the water, which is our life, which
is also our protector in terms of balancing our ecosystems and sustains
our planetary equilibrium, and sustains our lives.
warned from all sides. It is time that we take heed now and return to
our natural loving self. Manifest our love outwardly by protecting,
respecting all lives, in action. Meaning again: being a vegetarian,
abstain from all animals products.