A crowd of heartless beachgoers tortured two tiny rare Franciscana dolphins in Argentina, killing at least one of the defenseless animals, all in a quest to get the perfect selfie.
A man on the Buenos Aires beach snatched the peaceful creatures out of the ocean and paraded them around the crowd of rabid camera wielding tourists. At least one of the rare dolphins was then discarded in the sand, where it lay gasping for breath, as the merciless onlookers snapped pictures of its’ dying moments, only mere feet from the water. Images of the tragic killing were then posted on social media.
A statement from the Argentine Wildlife Foundation confirmed that at one of the helpless creatures was manhandled to death by the beachgoers.
At least one of the animals died.
A spokeswoman for Australia’s arm of World Animal Protection denounced the revolting actions of the callous sadists who “used the animals for entertainment purposes.”
This terribly unfortunate event is an example of the casual cruelty people can inflict when they use animals for entertainment purposes, without thinking of the animal’s needs,” she said.
At least one of these dolphins suffered a horrific, traumatic and utterly unnecessary death, for the sake of a few photographs.
Wild animals are not toys or photo props. They should be appreciated — and left alone — in the wild where they belong.
Only around 30,000 Franciscana dolphins, also known as the La Plata dolphin, remain in the wild. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature the rare species is considered vulnerable to extinction.
According to the Argentine Wildlife Foundation, Franciscana dolphins, like other dolphins, are unable to remain out of the ocean for very long without suffering a horrible death.
They have very thick and greasy skin that provides warmth, so the weather will quickly cause dehydration and death.
The Franciscana dolphin can be found in the waters of Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay.
Once again, man has shown that of all the wild beasts existing on this rock we call Earth, human beings can be the most vicious of them all.
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