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Dolphins are 'people' say scientists
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.
If you ever feel down, google "beluga whale"
If that doesn’t make you smile, nothing ever will
Better than puppies and kittens and babies of all sorts. Although beluga babies are almost as awesome as the grownups, mostly because they look like a crossbreeding between a meatball and a pinniped.
I mean come on, look at this