Dolphin Ethics

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Case Discussion
The Ethics of Dolphin--Human Interaction

In case 12.1 Thomas I. White brings to attention the human and dolphins history of interaction with one another concerning research, commonalities, human caused dolphin deaths and more. The more researchers learn about the intelligence and conscience of the dolphins they study, the more researchers and society alike is confronted with new questions. Questions which directly relate to the ethical and moral nature of human and dolphin interaction. Some of those questions are: Do dolphins deserve rights, liberties, priority over human self interest, do they have ethical justification for their right to freedom outside of captivity? In my opinion dolphins interest and rights go no further than a reasonable respect to their right to life which is in no degree comparable to a human life.

The knowledge that is believed to be fact by some, and to some have consider conclusive fact on dolphins does not fit the bill with everyone. Much is unknown about dolphins, although there are facts that are true such as the large size of their brains, their intelligent behavior, etc. the similarities of neurological functions and structure of the dolphin and the human brain is speculative and not conclusive. The origin of intelligence in the human brain is not agreed upon by science, so to claim that dolphins deserve rights, or dolphins interest are more important than our own is an irrational belief. Dolphins are an amazing, smart, water dwelling mammal but I do not believe to any extent outside of animal protection rights, which we decide upon, do they deserve rights or liberties that mirror image human rights or liberties.

Some “activists” believe that dolphins in behavior and thought processes resemble that of a human child. Going further to say that due to dolphins ability to learn keyboard notes to request toys, to recognize themselves in a mirror, hold a well developed system of communication amongst...
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