Sometime in the not-too-distant past, I watched a clip from the documentary “Earthlings”. I never got to the whole movie, mostly because after watching the trailer, I had seen enough. I felt sick, disgusted, sad, angry, light-headed… it was pretty bad. I’m by no means a fanatic, but it’s hard not to get upset when you see animals being abused. Maybe it’s because we as a society shelter ourselves from seeing that stuff, so when we actually come face to face with the content in Earthlings and Food, Inc and all those other exposé documentaries, we squirm. It’s uncomfortable, seeing the truth.
Well, I hadn’t felt like that in a while. Then, Midway happened. And then…I saw this:
This video was uploaded to YouTube almost 3 years ago and you’ve probably already seen it. But in case you haven’t, feel free to take a gander. I won’t spoil it for you.
Done? Ok, cool. Now…what the f***? First of all, I’m just going to throw this out there…why didn’t the person filming stop the gull? All it takes is a good shout and running around like a crazy person to get a gull moving. But no…thanks to him, we get to witness 5 minutes of a Lesser Black-Backed Gull choke down our trash. This is seriously, seriously twisted stuff. I’m grossed out. Are you?
Deep breath. Stay positive. We’ve just watched something really terrible, made all the worse with the knowledge that this isn’t an uncommon occurrence. This happens a lot, all over the place. It’s not just albatross, or sea turtles, or whales. Plastic is everywhere. Time to do something about that. Why don’t we be proactive? Let’s not let the gull get that far in his munching. Instead of watching, take part. Pick up. Throw out. Refuse in the first place. Simple, simple little things. It’s so easy. Come on, people. This is getting a bit ridiculous.