I don’t know where I came across the article originally, but I bookmarked it to return to and read through at my leisure, because the title and bit I skimmed were so intriguing. I’m so glad I did.
Dolphins Are ‘People’ Say Scientists; and given that assertion as true, a movement is afoot to change how cetaceans are treated by humans. Here’s the lede and then some details further on in the report:
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. ....
Ethics expert Professor Tom White, from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, author of In Defence of Dolphins: The New Moral Frontier, said: “Dolphins are non-human persons. A person needs to be an individual. If individuals count, then the deliberate killing of individuals of this sort is ethically the equivalent of deliberately killing a human being.
“The captivity of beings of this sort, particularly in conditions that would not allow for a decent life, is ethically unacceptable; commercial whaling is ethically unacceptable.
“We’re saying the science has shown that individuality, consciousness, self awareness, is no longer a unique human property. That poses all kinds of challenges.”
The declaration, originally agreed in May 2010, contains the statements “every individual cetacean has the right to life”, “no cetacean should be held in captivity or servitude, be subject to cruel treatment, or be removed from their natural environment”, and “no cetacean is the property of any state, corporation, human group or individual”. ....
[Psychologist Lori Marino] argued that whaling was an example of mass murder rather than a commercial operation.
“Once you shift from seeing a being as a property, a commodity, a resource, to a person, an autonomous entity that has a right to life on his or her own terms, the whole framework shifts.. this is not about harvesting resources, this is about murder,” said Dr Marino.
Wouldn’t it be splendid if governments worldwide stopped treating individual humans as “a property, a commodity, a resource”? That is exactly what the ’crats do in all their calculations regarding skimming some of our wealth for their use. Who on this planet would not see an immediate benefit from all those thefts and dismissive attitudes vanishing?
Is it cynical or mean of me to strongly suspect that none of the people participating in this campaign has ever noticed, much less thought about, this disparity?