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India Bans Dolphin Captivity

Posted on July 25, 2013 at 5:40 AM

The Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests’ decision to ban dolphin captivity within India has been making waves around the world. The unprecedented decision is particularly significant because it reflects an increasing global understanding that dolphins deserve better protections based on who – rather than what – they are.


The decision, outlined in a circular released by the Central Zoo Authority, states that because dolphins are by nature “highly intelligent and sensitive,” they ought to be seen as “nonhuman persons” and should have “their own specific rights.” It says that it is “morally unacceptable to keep them captive for entertainment purposes.


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11:55 AM on August 2, 2013 
Wonderful news ... lets home this is a landmark decision and the rest of the world will begin to accept that all living creatures have sentience and should not be farmed for humans to exploit