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India Declares Dolphins 'Non-Human Persons' and bans captive dolphin shows

Paris Marron

“Whereas cetaceans in general are highly intelligent and sensitive, and various scientists who have researched dolphin behavior have suggested that the unusually high intelligence; as compared to other animals means that dolphin should be seen as ‘non-human persons’ and as such should have their own specific rights and is morally unacceptable to keep them captive for entertainment purpose,” reads the ministry's statement.

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  • Ben Goldhirsh

    I think the use of Zoos as a means of understanding the environment (the utilitarian argument for captivity) is a bit challenged by how awesome the internet is for people to learn about animals. Anyhow, I agree with this move.