By Gary North: http://lewrockwell.com/north/north1121.html
Why shouldn't people be allowed to feed dolphins? Because, marine biologists say, giving dolphins free food addicts them to handouts. People are turning dolphins into welfare bums.
The federal government's fish police see the threat. Handouts destroy the ability of dolphins, who are very smart fish (mammals), to survive on their own. Mothers do not teach survival skills to their offspring. They teach them to live off welfare.
Tourists are creating inter-generational welfare dependence. In a 2009 article in the "Tampa Bay Times," we read this from a biologist employed by the National Marine Fisheries Service. "We are able to document lineage, from grandmother to mother to calf, all following fishing boats and taking thrown-back fish."
Marine biologists, who themselves are being fed by the federal government, understand the threat to ecology posed by welfare economics. It is a bad idea, they say, to addict smart fish to handouts. But the logic of this position is not applied to human beings, who are far more clever than dolphins. What is gospel at the National Marine Fishing Service is anathema at the Department of Health and Human Services. What the government's experts on fish see as a threat to the fish, the government's experts on human beings do not see as a threat to people.
What is the threat? Creating permanent dependence.
Beggary and pilfering – Florida dolphins engaging in dangerous illegal activities
Feeding the Florida dolphins is illegal under both state and federal law, with federal law banning wild dolphin feeding in the early 1990s. Feeding wild dolphins can also be dangerous and the abovementioned “Beggar” dolphin has for instance sent dozens of overfriendly patters to the hospital for stitches and antibiotics.
How soon before Libs try to get dolphins the right to vote?