Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Dolphins = Non-Human Persons

It's been a known fact for a long time that Dolphins are incredibly intelligent and in many way, similar to humans. Dolphins are one of the few animals that socialize in groups of family and friends, they are also known to have sex for pleasure. Research has shown that Dolphins by our standards are actually more intelligent than chimpanzees, this has recently sparked a huge movement since dolphins are put in amusement parts, killed in tuna fishing and just generally mistreated. 
         An animal with the intelligence to form bonds with family and friends should at least be given the respect of freedom, right now there are some prominent scientists fighting to get dolphin rights taken more seriously. Many dolphin brains are larger than our own and second in mass only to the human brain when corrected for body size,” said Lori Marino, a zoologist at Emory University in Atlanta “The neuroanatomy suggests psychological continuity between humans and dolphins and has profound implications for the ethics of human-dolphin interactions,”. Some studies have shown some promising facts about dolphins intelligence, one study even had a group of dolphins learning a symbol based language.
         A conference held in San Diego, California, next month will highlight some of these issues. In attendance will be Thomas White, who happens to be professor of ethics at Loyola Marymount University. He has written a series of academic studies proving dolphins should have rights. Animal rights are one of the subjects not being taken seriously enough right now, it warms my heart to see someone else out there is fighting for more humane treatment of animals. We only get one planet, and one chance to maintain the balance, when that balance goes, so does the natural swing of things. Time for people to get a little more loving and understanding of the life around us, even if it is from the ocean.

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