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Dolphins recognized as non-human persons

Posted on Tuesday, 28 May, 2013 | Comment icon 104 comments | News tip by: redhen


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India has moved to classify dolphins as non-human persons whose rights and liberties must be respected.

The change is a major victory for animal welfare advocates who had been protesting against marine mammal entertainment facilities across the country. The Indian government has stated that new research shows that dolphins "should be seen as 'non-human persons' and as such should have their own specific rights." As a result of the announcement, dolphinariums and other similar venues will now be banned.

India is now the fourth country to ban the capture and import of cetaceans for entertainment purposes, the others being Costa Rica, Hungary, and Chile. "This opens up a whole new discourse of ethics in the animal protection movement in India," said animal rights campaigner Puja Mitra.

"India has officially recognized dolphins as non-human persons, whose rights to life and liberty must be respected."

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Comment icon #95 Posted by Yamato on 7 June, 2013, 0:35
That is the difference that I was pointing out we manipulate the environment so we may achieve what we want, it sets us apart. Airlines and submarines give us access to the areas you say we cannot access. And we can access them all. I think you just want to be disagreeable, you said : we do not swim through the earth's crust a mile deep After saying we live in 2D. With submarines we do. What that has to do with population only you know at this stage. We can put a tank of water on land and put whales in it just like I can put a cylinder of air in the water and put people in it. Don't tell me wh... [More]
Comment icon #96 Posted by jaguarsky on 7 June, 2013, 2:47
Good job, now if India could just recognize women as people with rights and liberties that must be respected.
Comment icon #97 Posted by ciriuslea on 7 June, 2013, 3:13
That some deion, I don't know if I would describe Dolphins as such but there's no denying they're intelligence...I guess the next step is to create an intelligence barrier to incorporate 'persons of all species' and kick the rest back to the wild.
Comment icon #98 Posted by psyche101 on 7 June, 2013, 5:57
We can put a tank of water on land and put whales in it just like I can put a cylinder of air in the water and put people in it. We can, they cannot, that is the thread remember Yam? Dolphins are Persons? Don't tell me what I said. I did not say we "cannot access them", I was the one who introduced airplanes inferring that we could. I did not say "we live in 2D". I never told you what you said Yam, I quoted you. And here it is again. Humans number over six billion and live on a 2D plane. Did you forget typing that? We live on the planet's surface. The difference between the volume of the plane... [More]
Comment icon #99 Posted by Yamato on 7 June, 2013, 6:27
What does us living on land got to do with Dolphins being classified as persons? You make up all kinds of words for me and deny it. We do live on a 2D plane, that's what a surface is. I don't sink into the ground and I don't float away. We don't live in submarines 100 miles across and we don't live inside floating continents. We live on land. Operative word "on". What does any of your obfuscation and banter have to do with the subject? Nothing whatever that I can tell. What do my comments have to do with it? If they're persons, then let's oppose those who treat them like they're anything but.
Comment icon #100 Posted by psyche101 on 7 June, 2013, 6:32
You make up all kinds of words for me and deny it. We do live on a 2D plane, that's what a surface is. I don't sink into the ground and I don't float away. We don't live in submarines 100 miles across and we don't live inside floating continents. We live on land. Operative word "on". What does any of your obfuscation and banter have to do with the subject? Nothing whatever that I can tell. What do my comments have to do with it? If they're persons, then let's oppose those who treat them like they're anything but. The surface is not 2D, I dont think you understand dimensions. Your a walking fac... [More]
Comment icon #101 Posted by Yamato on 7 June, 2013, 6:59
The surface is not 2D, I dont think you understand dimensions. Your a walking face palm Yam. Every-time you try to dig out of a hole you hit a sinkhole. I do not know how you get that out of your comments, they do not fit the definition of person. To be a "person" one has to be human by definition. It's that simple. Just like how we call Bananas Bananas and some people do not call them apples. The subject of the OP is non-human persons so obviously, it's not that simple to everyone. Various debates have focused on questions about the personhood of different classes of entities. Historically, t... [More]
Comment icon #102 Posted by psyche101 on 7 June, 2013, 8:05
The subject of the OP is non-human persons so obviously, it's not that simple to everyone. Various debates have focused on questions about the personhood of different classes of entities. Historically, the personhood of animals, women, and slaves has been a catalyst of social upheaval. In most societies today, living adult humans are usually considered persons, but depending on the context, theory or definition, the category of "person" may be taken to include such non-human entities as animals, artificial intelligences, or extraterrestrial life, as well as legal entities such as corporations,... [More]
Comment icon #103 Posted by Yamato on 7 June, 2013, 8:17
So there is no meaningful mathematical difference between 149,000,000 square kilometers and 1,347,000,000 cubic kilometers, because of submarines and the usual litany of personal attack against me caused by soreness from debates in the past. You'll have to get back on topic by yourself, psyche. We're done here.
Comment icon #104 Posted by Timonthy on 8 June, 2013, 5:28
LINK - Mapping Earth's surface in 3D This is very cool!


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