Imagine you are a turtle and you have to carry a sensory device on the back of your shell – the device has a camera through which the scientist above the surface get the water images which they might have not got otherwise. Would you like such a device on your back?? Of course not!! We do experiments but every time it is done at the cost of animals. There would be many who would disagree with me on this topic as I am an animal advocate. I think about them like I think about my mother or brother. I do not consider them as an inferior part of this ecosystem which can be hampered and tortured by powerful species like us. This is indeed sad. We use animals in experiments and laboratories. They have to undergo the worst.
I believe in the theory of the soul. We all have a soul and its aura. It does not have a shape and size and every soul on this planet is same. It just has a different body as a host. While one soul got a turtle body another got a human body. This is my theory of soul. Do we have any right to torture souls?? Especially those bodies, who can respond to the cruel attacks for themselves. I am big time “CHINA” hater. Ofcourse my immense love for animals with a strong inclination towards Dogs is the reason behind it. Who eats a PUPPY??????? I mean seriously. You ate those cute little faces which crave for love. Ok I am stopping that topic here or else it would go long. So we were talking about tagging aquatic animals.
Not only aquatic but even terrestrial animals are tagged with devices to study the conditions. While in birds the problem won’t be serious as they can still fly comfortably with a small device on them, the problem is with aquatic animals. It creates a drag for them. When such device is installed on the shell of a turtle or on penguin and whales it creates an imbalance in their normal life. Their swimming speed reduces, they are not able to attract opposite species and many a times the device becomes the reason that they end up becoming someone’s meal. We have no right to do this to them. There are non-animals ways to study the things deep below the sea.
“If the drag costs from carrying tags disrupts their natural behaviour, they may miss out on breeding and foraging seasons, be unable to catch enough food, or even end up becoming someone else’s meal,” said T. Todd Jones, a scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center in Hawaii, who led the study while a doctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia.
Scientists meanwhile are attempting to minimize the amount of time and interference to an animal by deploying better technology. Studies on penguins have looked at permanent banding, but penguins tagged temporarily are less affected. So they are decreasing the time animals are tagged to try to reduce any impact.
“There’s always room for improvement, it’s like anything in this sort of area, you can always improve, you can always make things better.”