"What is being called for is listing dolphins as "non-human persons", not as humans. Saying they are humans would be saying they are Homo-sapiens. That's a scientific designation that they clearly aren't. Calling them 'persons' is geared towards having them recognized as individuals creatures, with thoughts, feelings, and culture, and that they shouldn't be treated as simply an animal, or a resource to use as we please. What the article said was simply incorrect, and actually makes people who support this ideas seem crazy. No one is arguing that dolphins can vote, or have free speech, and those are the inane arguments that we're going to deal with when people who aren't into conservation read about people wanting to label 'dolphins as humans'. "