23 Feb '12, 7pm

Do We Have The Language Needed To Grant Dolphins Non-Human Rights?

At the largest annual science conference in the world, finished a few days ago in Vancouver, the call was again made for a Declaration of Cetacean Rights , with the emphasis this time on the fact that dolphins' level of self-awareness is such that they should be considered non-human persons, individuals with an innate right to exist. It's really a pretty big mouthful conceptually, "non-human persons". But before we delve into attempting to break that down into more manageable bites, here are some of the statements made by the presenters. Professor Tom White of Loyola Marymount University and author of "In Defense of Dolphins: The New Moral Frontier ": 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 killed a human being. We're saying the science has shown that indiv...

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