Re: Should dolphins be considered non-human persons?
Originally Posted by Le Marteau
The rights of a dolphin do not infringe on the rights of an adult human. The hypothetical rights of a fetus (which, I might add, has less intellectual capability than a full-grown dolphin), DO infringe on the rights of an adult human.
Thus the distinction.
When you give "rights" to dolphins they could infringe on the rights of humans. What about their right to privacy? What about their right to the ocean without human intrusion. Would they have a right not to have their waters fished? Fish are their food source. Do we have the right to take someone's food from them? You see the problems endangered species cause to humans. Personhood for dolphins could be much worse.
Catawa is my favorite bleeding heart liberal.