Dec 5, 2013
Dolphins Are ‘People’ Too
Posted on Jul 30, 2013
In countries such as Hungary, Costa Rica and Chile, dolphins have been recognized as nonhuman persons. India’s government recently followed suit and is now starting to close down dolphin parks and has prohibited catching and importing the animals for entertainment purposes.
As early as 1993, the United Kingdom, Mexico and Thailand, among others, shut down dolphinariums (aquariums for dolphins) and made an effort to ban the capture and commercial trade of these beloved marine mammals, since it’s becoming increasingly apparent that such practices are animal abuse.
Other nations, however, are still far behind in recognizing the rights of dolphins and other cetaceans, such as whales. The U.S. still has 30 facilities holding cetaceans captive, while Japan keeps 600 dolphins in 65 facilities.
In 2010, several scientists wrote the Declaration of Rights of Cetaceans in which they stated that all cetaceans as persons “have the right to life, liberty and wellbeing.”
Taking all this research into consideration, dolphins, in many ways, seem more humane than humans do. It’s a real shame then that the U.S. is still so far behind in asserting these noble beings’ rights.
—Posted by Natasha Hakimi
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