Saturday 25 February 2017

Ian O'Doherty: Why let a whale die with dignity, but not a person?

Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

Two stories appeared in the papers yesterday -- separate yet connected in a way that many people won't realise.

Australia has been fixated on the case of a terminally ill humpback whale that beached itself on the coast south of Perth.

Ill, distressed, obviously aware that it was about to die, this majestic mammal had decided to try and quicken its own demise by going on to dry land.

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