Did you know that your version of Internet Explorer is out of date?
To get the best possible experience using our website we recommend downloading one of the browsers below.

Internet Explorer 10, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.

India Declares Dolphins ‘Non-Human Persons’

Like us on Facebook:
The current article you are reading does not reflect the views of the current editors and contributors of the new Ecorazzi

In a groundbreaking decision, India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests has declared dolphins as ‘non-human persons’ and as such has forbidden their captivity for entertainment purposes.

In a statement, the ministry advised state governments to reject any proposal of any entertainment complex that would house dolphins “by any person / persons, organizations, government agencies, private or public enterprises that involves import, capture of cetacean species to establish for commercial entertainment, private or public exhibition and interaction purposes whatsoever.”

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

The effort to categorize cetaceans as non-human persons has been gaining traction since 2011 when a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which included a group of philosophers, conservationists, and animal behaviorists, attempted to gather wide support for a Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans from the scientific community.

It seems that the law was passed sometime last year, but only now have a handful of blogs and online publications picked up the story.

For such a revolutionary decision, we are surprised that it hasn’t garnered as much media attention as it should have. We can only hope that more countries (most particularly Japan where thousands of dolphins are slaughtered annually) become aware of India’s innovative law and quickly follow suit.

Via Buenos Aires Herald

Photo: Shutterstock

Like us on Facebook:
  • daltojn

    I think this is very true that dolphins should not be house kept by anyone for entertainment. And they might be human but treat them as if they are cause they were here a long time before us. And the population of dolphins went down cause these dolphin killing countries.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z sell out veganism for ticket giveaway

Veganism deserves better than constantly being considered something to be bribed, dared or loosely entered into.

Month one of “the year of the vegan”

News outlets are abuzz with the promise of new vegan products, celebs, and services and how that is somehow a fresh affirmation that our world is one turn closer to being fully free from animal use.

What About: “No-Kill” Eggs?

The reason for these advancements is not a sense of justice – because that can only mean going vegan – but is primarily driven by economics.

Vegandale Brewery offers the ultimate vegan night out

This brewpub helps veganism shed its stay-home-and-eat-tofu stereotype.

Don’t blame vegans for the shame you feel about using animals

The shame Carly Lewis claims veganism casts over her is more likely the ghosts of moral uncertainty, spectres that are more likely fish than cows, wondering how morality can possibly be used as ammunition in favour of murder.