There’s some big news out there for water-dwelling creatures! Dolphins and whales have human advocates at work to draw up a Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans (2010) which states:
Every individual cetacean has the right to life… no cetacean should be held in captivity or servitude, be subject to cruel treatment, or be removed from their natural environment…no cetacean is the property of any state, corporation, human group or individual.
This Declaration has already been accepted in India and in Toshima (an island in Japan) where dolphins have all the above legal rights, under the title of “non human persons”. You have to admit this is a pretty big deal. Their “citizenship” is predicated on a few important factors.
We’re saying the science has shown that individuality, consciousness and self-awareness are no longer unique human properties. — Tom White
For a detailed review of how dolphins and whales have proven…
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