Saturday, July 11, 2015

Slaughter of a Manta Ray in Batangas (Version 1)

Dr Abe V Rotor

 Living with Nature - School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday


Manta Ray (Manta birostis) being butchered on a beach in
San Luis, Batangas circa 1999. Photos by the author.

Requiem to Manta
Goodbye Manta, I wish to say with respect,
      but I will not;
I would only deceive the world and myself,
      if you depart.
Goodbye Manta, I wish to say to others too,
      but I will not;
for you do not deserve this dreadful fate -
      a bloody bath.
Goodbye Manta, I wish the world to go on,
      but I will not;
the chain of all creatures on earth must stay,
      and we are a part. ~

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