Meltem Arikan
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THE JOY OF LIFE – YAŞAMIN KEYFİ

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IF YOU REALLY LOVE DOLPHINS…

Humans... Who protect their own houses with steel doors and successive walls, but see no harm in assaulting the homes, life styles and existences of other living creatures, considering these as their rights.

Humans… Who lock up dolphins in tiny pools for fun; who purposely condemn them to sickness and death; who proudly imprison dolphins…

Humans… Who use dolphins as bombs for their military ambitions; who produce brutality while claiming they are not brutal.

Although dolphins have existed for millions of years, yet humans attribute such importance to their thousands of years of existence.

Humans… The most intelligent animals…

Humans… Who play with the death of others like toys for their own benefit…

Humans… Who continuously produce and nurture brutality, who cannot distinguish wild from brutal.

Dolphins… The pretty and smiling face of wild and free will…

Dolphins… Wild and friendly as well as joyful and sensible…

Dolphins… Which are the symbols of joy and intelligence. The hippies of the open seas that never give up on being hippie…

Dolphins… Which don’t feel ashamed of having sex for pleasure; which take pleasure in sex…

The independents… Inexplicable sea mammals… Those that don’t feel ashamed of their breasts…

My relationship with dolphins unfortunately began with two dolphins that were imprisoned in pools. While I was swimming with them, I realized that one of them was very sick. However this sick dolphin was forced to perform and to continue swimming with the customers due to the injections given to her. Later on, I heard that the dolphins, which are imprisoned in the POOLS, sentenced to become sick very often and sometimes even die. From then on, I never visited the pools by no means. If you really love the dolphins, please do not allow them to be imprisoned at those pools and die for the sake of your entertainment.

Meltem Arıkan is a Turkish novelist and playwright. Her fourth novel Yeter Tenimi Acıtmayın (Stop Hurting My Flesh) was banned in early 2004 by the Committee to Protect the Minors from Obscene Publications, with the accusation of "Writing about the non-existing incest fact in Turkey, attempting to disturb the Turkish family order with a feminist approach.” The ban was lifted after two months and Arıkan has been awarded with “Freedom of Idea and Statement Prize 2004” by the Turkish Publishers’ Association. She published her 9th novel in 2009.

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