posted on Sep, 8 2011 @ 07:15 AM
reply to post by LordBucket
"1) If there were a serious movement to grant dolphins legal protections, for example, criminalize the killing of dolphins by levvying fines,
incarceration or execution of humans who killed dolphins...would you support it?"
Yes, but the reason I would support it are not because of the recent research.
I have always believed that all of the cetacea are far more intelligent than we (humans) give them credit for. One of the primary indicators of a
mammals intelligence is brain surface corrugations, of the terrestrial (land-based) life on earth, humans have the most corrugations per CC yet
discovered, but many of the greater cetacea have more than us, including dolphins (lesser cetacea), orca, blue whale, sperm whale, and the humpback. I
believe that the only reason we "rule the planet" is because we have the tools, means, and desire to adapt our environment and other intelligent
species do not.
"2) If some number of dolphins were genetically adapted, or given technological aids...such that they could communicate verbally with humans...would
your answer to #1 change?"