The Ghosts In Our Machine

The moral conversation of the 21st century?

The Ghosts in Our Machine poses the moral question:
Are animals property to be owned and used, or are they sentient beings deserving of rights? 
Dolphins deserve rights Kathryn Blaze Carlson  Feb 21, 2012 – 11:01 PM ET |
The National Post
Dolphins and whales should be considered non-human “persons” with basic rights such as life, liberty and well-being, the world’s largest science conference heard in Vancouver. “Science has shown us that cetaceans have most, if not all, the characteristics that humans have, including intelligence, self-awareness, autonomy and social complexity,” said Lori Marino, one of four scientists who presented the Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans: Whales and Dolphins at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting on the weekend …While the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver generally supports the ethical treatment of animals, a spokesperson said conferring personhood on dolphins and whales distracts from larger rights-based issues. “I sometimes wonder whether we’ve got our priorities mixed up when we treat animals and the environment with more respect than human beings,” Paul Schratz said. “There are billions of people around the world who deserve our attention.”


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