‘A Seychelles giant tortoise, a species previously thought to be a strict herbivore, has been filmed chasing and eating a baby bird in a “horrifying and amazing” attack, with researchers stating it was the first documented example of deliberate hunting in the wild by the species’ — News Report
A message from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex:
Following today’s deeply upsetting news, we call on our fellow world leaders to join us in our bid to save baby birds.
We believe in the shared strength and spirit of our global Community. Whilst continuing to hold the Seychelles giant tortoise in our deepest respect, we also empathise with the many layers of pain felt by that little baby bird.
Every little baby bird has earned the inalienable right to fly. That is why we are proud to join with our friends at KFC and Nando’s in establishing our new LovelyBird Foundation. At the same time, every giant tortoise must surely be allowed to eat what it wants, when it wants.
Those of us who are privileged to count ourselves hugely respected royal philanthropists will continue to strive to build bridges between these two communities.
As a giant tortoise gobbles up a baby bird, Harry and Meghan try to build bridges… ‘Every little baby bird has earned the inalienable right to fly. At the same time, every giant tortoise must surely be allowed to eat what it wants, when it wants’ (stock image)
Our world is exceptionally fragile right now. Every time a baby bird is gobbled up by a giant tortoise, a little piece of each of us is gobbled up with her/him/them, whether we realize it or not. Even the smallest action has powerful consequences.
When one of us is nibbled, all of us are nibbled.
It’s so easy to feel powerless in the face of this ongoing narrative of species domination. But, with a little effort, we can put our shared values into action — together.
We urge those in positions of global influence to do all they can to advance dialogue between the baby bird community and close colleagues and representatives of the giant tortoise.
Every inhabitant of our beautiful planet — human being, baby bird, giant tortoise — has earned the right to our compassion.
The solution is clear. We must learn to utilize the power of storytelling to embrace a narrative of our shared humanity and duty to truth through a compassionate lens. It’s that simple.
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As an international community, it is the decisions we make now — to alleviate suffering for both the consumer and the consumed —that will prove our humanity.
All of us, world leaders and deeply cherished, thoroughly modern members of the British Royal Family alike, love to eat wholesome and nutritious food. Yes, few activities are more pleasurable than placing a jungle-fresh, organic dish into our mouths.
‘We hope and pray our good friend the giant tortoise will, in time, take full ownership of his bird consumption whilst continuing to prioritize his own mental health.’ (Pictured: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex)
But we also love to hop around barefoot in the sun, our little feet glorying in the texture of the leaves and grass below, free from the fear of being eaten alive.
The sacred time we spend with loved ones is so important — time spent learning, laughing, growing, sharing and venturing to break boundaries and try something new, different and flavorsome for our mid-day meal.
We believe mentorship is just one way to help giant turtles and little birds build bridges. We fervently hope that, one day soon, our shared dream will come true, and the giant turtle will be glad to offer itself up as an appetizing health-giving buffet for the baby bird.
That is why we are today reaching out to the leaders of the giant turtle community to join our global effort by contributing 40 minutes of mentorship to support little birds re-entering the jungle. Emboldened by our shared belief in humanity, we have faith in the power of our collective well-being to shape our pressing needs.
We hope and pray our good friend the giant tortoise will, in time, take full ownership of his bird consumption whilst continuing to prioritize his own mental health.
Under the auspices of our new foundation, Tortoisewell, we hope to embrace all tortoises across our planet — giant, dwarf or medium-sized — into our shared community of hope. Through the unifying power of Zoom, we have already nurtured close friendships among key influencers in the turtle/tortoise community.
We are proud to have hosted Raphael, Donatello and Splinter from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, alongside our good non-turtle friends Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney and James Corden. That is the sum turtle of our endeavors. Yes: this is what our shared humanity has tortoise.