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Do Dolphins, Whales, Chimps and Elephants Deserve "Human" Rights?

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Nobody who grew up watching Flipper reruns has any doubt about the intelligence of dolphins, but Andy Revkin at Dot Earth looks at it, and the issue of animal intelligence a lot more seriously. He discusses the issue with Thomas I. White, a professor

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Christeen A (371)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 5:01 pm
Yes they do.

Freya H (357)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 5:33 pm
Well, I don't know about the same rights as us - can you imagine registering dolphins and chimps to vote? But seriously, they do have certain rights as intelligent and sensitive creatures.

Past Member (0)
Friday April 19, 2013, 6:57 am
YES. All animals need a bill of rights similar to the one humans enjoy and take for granted. Let us not forget the billions of farm animals which are an afterthought but in my opinion are some of the most exploited and abused for our dinners. This should not even be a discussion as all marine life, wildlife, lab animals,domestic and farm animals all need protection from humans!! We gotta keep fighting for them....thx Agnes.

Tom K (6)
Friday April 19, 2013, 7:12 am
Why not, we're animals too just much more deadly and dangerous.

. (0)
Friday April 19, 2013, 7:19 am
Of course they do! They should not be used for food, research, entertainment or any other sort of event that puts them in harm's way.

Chee Siong Tan (2)
Friday April 19, 2013, 7:29 am
Yes All Animals Deserve Human Rights. They All Should Be In The Wild Where They Belong And Not In Captivity And They Are Not Meant To Entertain us.

cecily w (0)
Friday April 19, 2013, 8:10 am
I agree with Laura Saxon. Do not eat them or hunt them. Do not use them in research or entertainment unless the individual animal gives his or her express consent.

Suzanne L (99)
Friday April 19, 2013, 8:25 am
If I ruled the world they'd have all the same rights as people except they couldn't own guns.

Judith Hand (55)
Friday April 19, 2013, 8:31 am
Noted. No, animals are not human. But they certainly deserve every effort we can give them. It's our responsibility as humans.

Robert O (12)
Friday April 19, 2013, 12:54 pm
Yes of course! They need all the rights and protection they can get from the harmful, negligent stupid actions of human beings who insist upon making peaceful coexistence in this life and on this planet next to impossible. Thanks Agnes.

Jo S (619)
Friday April 19, 2013, 1:12 pm
I agree with Natasha Salgado!
Thangs again Agnes! Noted & shared.

John B (185)
Friday April 19, 2013, 3:34 pm
Thanks Agnes for posting the link to the article by Lloyd Alter. Great interview, very thought provoking! Read and noted.

Birgit W (160)
Friday April 19, 2013, 4:11 pm
YES, absolutely! They are just living beings like us.

Alan Lambert (91)
Friday April 19, 2013, 5:22 pm
It is our responsibility as the dominant intelligence on the planet to learn how to communicate with our lesser beings. Once we do, THEN we can truly determine what rights and responsibilities each species should have.

. (0)
Friday April 19, 2013, 6:38 pm
All animals deserve the right to live out their lives without being abused or killed by humans.

Victoria Hall (129)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 3:54 am
I see animals, particularly whales and dolphins on the same level as humans, we owe it to Earth to protect them as we would protect ourselves.

Julie W (32)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 4:04 am
No - but they deserve animal rights. Animals may be smart, but they are nor humans (thank goodnes!). You want them to have the right to marry, vote, own land or take someone to court?

Marcel E (347)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 5:17 am
Yes of course

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 8:25 am
Noted thanks

Ruth C (87)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 11:03 am
All animals deserve rights, love, care and respect!

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 11:15 am
absolutely Agnes !!!!!! all the animals need , and deserve all !!!!! noted , thnx for the informazzione!!!!!

Inge B (202)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 11:22 am
Yes, absolutely

Charlene Rush (79)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 8:41 pm
AND, for those who believe in god, this should be especially true.

Marie Therese Hanulak (30)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 7:53 am
They certainly have their god given right to live freely for as long as possible. They don't belong to humans though we seem to think they do.

Sue Clayton (8)
Monday April 22, 2013, 1:33 am
Life is life and was all created by the ONE Creator. All life deserves the same rights.

Klaus Peters (14)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 6:28 am
Yes, I do and there are many more animals that deserve human rights treatment and most of all protection from evil animals like poachers.

Melania Padilla (122)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 3:31 pm
Yes. Period.
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