But less cool that this is based on how intelligent (by our standards) they are compared to humans. What does it matter that they are intelligent? That certainly doesn't mean less intelligent species deserve to suffer at our expense. Few would ethically argue against human rights for people who are a bit fucking stupid. And who would suggest severely mentally disabled people be kept in a cage for us to experiment on?
All animals naturally want to live their own lives and avoid death, and unless it's necessary for our survival, why is granting that so complicated?
Don't forget to read the article's comments if you're in the mood for frustration.
Edit: Oh, it appears there are some even better comments on this dolphin link.
I'm not even going to talk about "Human accomplishment and happiness is what matters." But I do wonder how many Sistine Chapels he painted to get his rights. Or how he enjoyed his trip to the moon.
Posted by Katrina, Tuesday, January 5, 2010, 6:01 pm
You know, my kitty cat is a person. She is my family, so I think she should get a free education, unemployment, health care, food stamps, and a drivers license. Idiots.
Yep, your kitty cat deserves to have a nice life right? You don't want people testing chemicals in her eyes or injecting her organs with diseases. Where did this bullshit about food stamps, free education and driving licences come in?
This whole intelligence thing makes you wonder - how are these people confusing animals having rights with them also voting for president?
After reading those comments I doubt a dolphin cares to get his free education from these bright sparks....