Target: Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission
Goal: For the European Union to legally recognize dolphins, whales, and porpoises as “non-human persons.”
It is widely known that dolphins and whales are very intelligent creatures. Recently, scientists have started to understand exactly how intelligent and complex dolphins can be. Dolphins are obviously very different from humans, but that does not make them inferior. Dolphins have been found to engage in complex play, use of tools, and cross-species cooperation, which includes helping beached whales and aiding human swimmers. In 2005 in the Australian Pacific, bottlenose dolphins wrapped a piece of sponge around their faces to prevent abrasions from searching the sea floor for food.
This year a large group of people comprised of activists, scientists, and conservationists have banded together to ask the European Union (EU) to legally recognize cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) as “non-human persons.” This legal status would protect the cetaceans from exploitation and grant them a fundamental right to life. In practice this would mean an end to whale hunting and keeping these intelligent beings in aquariums. Giving the cetaceans high intelligence their current treatment is especially barbaric.
The intelligence and self-awareness of cetaceans more than justifies a need for ethical treatment. They should not be hunted and locked up. Please, tell the EU to legally recognize the cetaceans and guarantee their freedom.
Dear Jose Manuel Barroso,
Whales, dolphins, and porpoises (cetaceans) are intelligent and self-aware beings. It was not until recent times that scientists started to understand the extent of their intelligence and complexities. Dolphins engage in a number of behaviors that demonstrate their intelligence. Some of these behaviors include complex play, use of tools, and cross-species cooperation, which includes helping beached whales and aiding human swimmers. Bottlenose dolphins in the Australian Pacific used sponges to prevent abrasions while searching the ocean floor for food.
A large number of people, including scientists are asking that the EU legally consider cetaceans “non-human persons.” This legal recognition would grant them a fundamental right to life and prevent their exploitation. This would put an end to the atrocities of whaling and cetaceans in aquariums. Giving the cetaceans high intelligence their current treatment is especially barbaric.
These self-aware and intelligent creatures deserve more ethical treatment. Hunting them and keeping them locked in cages is inhumane. Please, legally recognize them as “non-human persons” and guarantee their freedom.
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