Whether it is polar bears, primates or parkland, the belief that all living things deserve equality of rights is heating up. In fact, a group of scientists now want dolphins to have the same status as humans based on their intelligence.
Lori Marino, a zoologist at Emory University in Atlanta, is making international headlines for her recent work on dolphin intelligence. Using MRI scans, Marino compared the brains of dolphins to primates revealing that dolphins are the second most intelligent creatures on earth after the human.
“'Many dolphin brains are larger than our own and second in mass only to the human brain when corrected for body size,” explained Marino in a Daily Mail UK interview. “The neuroanatomy suggests psychological continuity between humans and dolphins and has profound implications for the ethics of human-dolphin interactions.”
Marino’s findings have created a renewed interest in granting dolphins ‘non-person human’ status with similar rights as humans. However, since dolphins are routinely captured for use at marine parks, aquariums and dolphin swim tourist attractions and even by the US Navy, in an estimated multi-million dollar industry, the ability to recognize their intelligence is extremely problematic when so many institutions are reliant on their continued exploitation for profit.
Granting animals, or mammals, rights based on human-defined intelligence may also present future difficulties for animals deemed unintelligent by human standards or criteria.
Via: Daily Mail