22 Jun '11, 4pm

Since Elephants Are As Smart As Great Apes & Dolphins, Isn't It Time For Elephant Rights? via @matmcdermott

Since Elephants Are As Smart As Great Apes & Dolphins, Isn't It Time For Elephant Rights? via @matmcdermott

Huffington Post quotes lead research Joshua Plotnik: [Elephants] help others in distress. They seem in some ways emotionally attached to each other, so you would expect there would be some level of cooperation. [But] I was surprised how quickly they learned. The HuffPo piece goes into the sort of experiments done, largely similar this time around (and frankly it's not clear if this is a new round of research or just a reiteration of what was publicized back in March). Either of the two links above take you to accounts of the sort of tests the elephants were put though in Thailand. What all this brings to mind, on second and most recent read, is what this means for the nascent movement to grant non-human animal species the equivalent of human rights, inherent rights of being. If elephants really have the cognitive ability, the emotional capacity, social grouping at the same...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/06/isnt-it-time-for-...

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