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Dolphins deserve to be treated as non-human “persons” whose rights to life and liberty should be respected, scientists meeting in Canada have been told.
A small group of experts in philosophy, conservation and dolphin behaviour were canvassing support for a “Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans”.
They believe dolphins - and their whale cousins - are sufficiently intelligent and self-aware to justify the same ethical considerations given to humans.
Recognising cetaceans’ rights would mean an end to whaling and the captivity of dolphins and whales, or their use in entertainment.
The move is based on years of research that has shown dolphins and whales to have large, complex brains and a human-like level of self-awareness.
This has led the experts to conclude that although non-human, dolphins and whales are “people” in a philosophical sense, which has far-reaching implications.
and people of color are….?
Oh another case of white people putting the welfare and civil treatment of animals above marginalized human beings they treat like animals.
Must be a day that ends in ‘y’.
yeah, a big shut the hell up to the first few commentators of this post. people of color are not being chased, harpooned and round up in coves and slaughtered like dolphins and whales. i’m hate when people whine whenever a piece of legislation that enforces the protection of animal rights, giving them
their fair share ofa meager amount of basic dignity and respect, finds it’s way onto the mainstage. Of course POC face hardships, and protecting other sentient beings that are treated like garbage most of the time isn’t taking away attention from them.
Plus, ‘this is just those crazy white people and their animal loving asses’ is just obviously racist, and asserts the assumption that being a compassionate person who cares about the well-being of animals is ‘just a white person thing.’ fuck off, you don’t fight racism with racism ya asses.
vegtablez are you a joke? Cause I can’t tell but I’m laughing really hard at the bullshit you wrote.
Dolphins getting “non-human people rights” IS A FUCKING RACIST STAB at PoC who, historically and STILL, fight to be SEEN as whole people. So fuck you for making it about “oh you said white ppl love dolphins how racist of u!!!” okay. Look over what you wrote. JFC.
vegetablez, there is a way to fight for animal rights while not being an overtly racist asshole. but you are doing it very, very wrong.