Since we have already been born and raised long after the human conquest of the world had ended with our victory over all other species, our dictatorship and monopoly over the lives of others seem natural and justified enough for us to miss the first and foremost message that is hidden inside anatomical sketches like this one.


We have to understand that even prior to this picture’s function as a representation for the anatomy of the dolphin (and of course – all other non human beings), it represents our own violent conquest of this being, the dolphin’s murder, the mutilation of his corpse and the right we have given ourselves to examine him after his death. Only when the killing of this being for the sake of our curiosity becomes acceptable, this horrible information about the Dolphin’s death disappears, leaving us with a mere anatomical description, as if no harm was ever done.



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