I'm so confused. Dolphins kill sharks for sport. They eat fish as they are pure carnivores. Should Dolphins have more rights than animals of lesser
intelligence? If it is wrong for us to kill animals of less intelligence, why is it not wrong for Dolphins to kill animals of less intelligence,
especially for sport as they do with Sharks, many of whom are also endangered?
Herbivores get all of the B vitamins they need to stay alive through the eating of insects on their forage and browse. Should they be stopped from
eating animals of lesser intelligence even if it is their natural food?
The hippocracy in these debates is breathtaking in its absurdity.
Bonobo Chimps, who by the way are considered the second most intelligent Mammals by many scientists, engage in wars, cannibalism and prefer meat when
available. Should we perhaps open up Primate Courts of Law and Primate Prisons?
Polar Bears are pure Carnivores. They kill and eat anything that moves. There numbers have increased from a few hundred to over 20,000 individuals
over the last few decades. Before long they will pose a real threat to the endangered Seals in their habitat they feed upon. Which one lives, the
Polar Bears or Seals? Who decides.
The over-protection of Otters and Seals along the Pacific Coast is endangering the mollusks they feed on as their numbers increase dramatically. Who
lives? The Otters and Seals or the Mollusks?
Without the availability of animal protein and meat in our diets, millions if not a billion or more would die if we suddenly stopped eating meat. Who
makes that decision?
My personal belief is that where animals are concerned, we should only kill what we eat and never kill for sport. As long as fisherman are as careful
as current technology allows to not kill or injure other animals like Dolphins, they should be protected from irrational extremists and left alone.
As to the right or wrong of commercial aquariums or related theme parks, they will always represent the majority point of view or they will go
bankrupt. If people stop going, they cease to exist. Simple economics.
In this list, Primates and Elephants are listed as being
smarter than Dolphins.
This site lists only the Chimps as being smarter than
Jane Goodall listed the top three as Great Apes, Whales & Dolphins and
Elephants in that order.