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Researchers say dolphins should be recognised as non-human PERSONS and be given their own bill of rights!

 
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Dolphins 'should be recognised as non-human persons'

Dolphins and whales are so intelligent that they should be recognised as "non-human persons" and given their own bill of rights, researchers claim.

The animals have distinctive cultures, societies and personalities and are so complex that they should be considered in the same light as people, experts said.

Isolating dolphins and orcas in tanks at amusement parks is morally wrong because the animals are even more socially driven than humans, they added, while killing them is tantamount to murder.

The marine experts hope to persuade international authorities to enshrine in law the rights of cetaceans, a group of water-dwelling mammals which also includes porpoises.

Discussing their "declaration of rights" for cetaceans at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Vancouver, an international team of researchers said the animals should have the same rights to life, liberty and wellbeing as humans.

Dr Thomas White, an ethics expert at Loyola Marymount University in California, said: “The similarities between cetaceans and humans are such that they, as we, have an individual sense of self.

More at [link to www.telegraph.co.uk]

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unless a Dolphin composes the document, i don't see that it will change anything.
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putin I hate hippies
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putin I hate hippies
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lmao

hilarious.
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Dolphins are one of my favorite animals. They're beautiful, and very intelligent as the researchers said. But at first when I saw this thread, I thought it was very strange. After reading, I can see that it may be immoral to keep them in aquariums or amusement parks though. That part makes sense.
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Let them have their ocean atleast..hf


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and the other animals?
if they make a law based on their intelligence only, this is plain stupid...oh the irony!
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all animals deserve to live. we do not own this planet and its inhabitants. the price is very steep for the actions we are taking.
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Dolphins 'should be recognised as non-human persons'

Dolphins and whales are so intelligent that they should be recognised as "non-human persons" and given their own bill of rights, researchers claim.

The animals have distinctive cultures, societies and personalities and are so complex that they should be considered in the same light as people, experts said.

Isolating dolphins and orcas in tanks at amusement parks is morally wrong because the animals are even more socially driven than humans, they added, while killing them is tantamount to murder.

 Quoting: Laura Bow


I agree. There are others I would add to this including elephants and the big apes. In the end we need to start valueing all life equally. Unfortunately we are limited by our biology and God built into us the need or desire to eat meat so I think we will always eat animals but it's unfortunate our very existence is built on the killing of other creatures. But being a meat eater myself I blame that part on God.

But to the degree we can I think we should treat animals with respect and some like dolphins really should be completely off-limits and universal bill of rights would be a great place to start.
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lmao

hilarious.
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I like that...
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Attempted rape, charge the dolphin and put it in jail!



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I guess they will also want to put their birth certificates on the stock market next.
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First, the scientists need to discover a way to fully communicate with the dolphins, using a man-made sonar.

Scientists need to discover how to create sonar signals that the dolphins can understand.

So, humans will finally be able to talk with dophins.

Let's see what they will to tell us...

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As long as the unborn human being has no rights, then dolphins and whales should have no rights.

Since my avatar is a puppy, then puppies need rights before dolphins and whales. After all, puppies are people do.

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I guess they will also want to put their birth certificates on the stock market next.
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HAHA
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Let them have their ocean atleast..hf


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Yes, let them have their radioactive ocean.
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Attempted rape, charge the dolphin and put it in jail!



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As long as the unborn human being has no rights, then dolphins and whales should have no rights.

Since my avatar is a puppy, then puppies need rights before dolphins and whales. After all, puppies are people do.
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is that a long haired dachshund?
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As long as the unborn human being has no rights, then dolphins and whales should have no rights.

Since my avatar is a puppy, then puppies need rights before dolphins and whales. After all, puppies are people do.
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is that a long haired dachshund?
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Definitely looks like one hf
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I think we should stop giving foreign aid to Israel and give it to the dolphins instead.

At least the dolphins won't be building atomic bombs with it.
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Dolphins 'should be recognised as non-human persons'

Dolphins and whales are so intelligent that they should be recognised as "non-human persons" and given their own bill of rights, researchers claim.

The animals have distinctive cultures, societies and personalities and are so complex that they should be considered in the same light as people, experts said.

Isolating dolphins and orcas in tanks at amusement parks is morally wrong because the animals are even more socially driven than humans, they added, while killing them is tantamount to murder.

 Quoting: Laura Bow


I agree. There are others I would add to this including elephants and the big apes. In the end we need to start valueing all life equally. Unfortunately we are limited by our biology and God built into us the need or desire to eat meat so I think we will always eat animals but it's unfortunate our very existence is built on the killing of other creatures. But being a meat eater myself I blame that part on God.

But to the degree we can I think we should treat animals with respect and some like dolphins really should be completely off-limits and universal bill of rights would be a great place to start.
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Yes. if we must kill and eat them, they should be treated with respect and spared as much pain as possible. The American Indians hunted bison, deer, and other animals for food. When they killed the animal, they thanked the animal and the Great Spirit for providing food for the hunter and his family. Now, this is not done. People post pictures of themselves holding up the head of deer they killed, to show how big the antlers are. This is not respectful. Everything alive FEELS. We need to recognize this, and not kill needlessly.

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