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Dolphins granted personhood by government of India
India: Dolphins declared non-human persons - English pravda.ru
India Bans Commercial Dolphin Entertainment | NationofChange

It's about ****ing time. I hope every other country follows suit.


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Dolphins have been granted "non-human personhood" status by the government of India, making India the first nation in the world to recognize the unique intelligence and self-awareness of the cetacean order (a class of aquatic mammals).
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Dolphins are extremely intelligent mammals with a highly-developed social structure. Recent research shows that dolphins call each other by name and can remember the unique name whistles from old "friends" heard just one time 20 years ago.
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Cetaceans should be regarded as non-human persons with their own rights and therefore it is morally unacceptable to keep them in captivity - this is the new ruling by the Government of India, which in a landmark decision has taken an important first step in establishing global animal welfare rights.

The decision was taken by India's Minister of the Environment and Forests, who banned dolphin shows. All Indian states have been warned by the Government to reject proposals to hold dolphin shows or open dolphinariums, be these requests public or private
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The Central Animal Authority issued the following statement: "Cetaceans...should be seen as 'non-human persons' and as such should have their own specific rights." The direct result is that dolphin parks which have opened recently in India will close and proposals for new ones will be shelved. The move makes it illegal to capture or confine cetacean species, which include whales and dolphins, the reasoning being that these animals are highly intelligent and sensitive.

India thus takes an important first step in establishing a universal code of animal ethics and rights. The heroine in this ruling is Puja Mitra, a leading Indian animal rights activist, whose research drive focused on, and introduced, the concept of non-human persons. Other countries to have banned the use of cetaceans for entertainment are Costa Rica, Hungary and Chile.
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Any time any animal is accorded the status of person is the right time to call the butterfly net guys on the fools so doing it.

TRANSLATION---what a crock of shlt!
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Any time any animal is accorded the status of person is the right time to call the butterfly net guys on the fools so doing it.

TRANSLATION---what a crock of shlt!
Humans are animals, dummy

Personhood doesn't require or solely consist of human dna.
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Humans are animals, dummy

Personhood doesn't require or solely consist of human dna.
Please! Talk to me like I'm on planet Earth, eh?

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I can see the headlines now, if the fools of America get this crap passed here.

Man Executed by Lethal Injection for Dolphin Murder

I can hear the peanut gallery scrambling around the internet for jewels justifying this silly law.
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Which kind of dolphin? The Difference Between Dolphin Fish & Dolphin Mammal | eHow
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They are obliviously referring to the cetacean dolphin, and not the mahi-mahi.
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Please! Talk to me like I'm on planet Earth, eh?

So on your version of 'earth', humans aren't animals? What are we? Plants? Minerals?

And why do you erroneously believe that personhood consists solely of human dna? Can you explain your reasoning behind that?
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They are obliviously referring to the cetacean dolphin, and not the mahi-mahi.
No doubt but just be careful how you (or India) write the laws
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The article stated cetaceans. ALL cetaceans.
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