But can they be persuaded to vote Democratic?

Posted: May 24, 2010 by datechguy in oddities, opinion/news
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When I see stories like this one I’m convinced that the only reason why the current White House hasn’t gotten behind this idea is that they can’t be sure how they will vote:

“We affirm that all cetaceans as persons have the right to life, liberty and wellbeing,” they said in a declaration after a two-day meeting led by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS).

Oh and it gets better wales have ethics

He said that sperm whales have sonars to find fish that are so powerful that they could permanently deafen others nearby if used at full blast. Yet the whales do not use sonars as weapons, showing what Whitehead called a human-like “sense of morality.”

Liberty pundit adds the snark:

Right to life, liberty, and well-being? You mean, like, health care? Do we give them food stamps if the schools of smaller fish they so mercilessly eat by the hundreds thin out for a season? Do we require colonoscopies and breast-cancer screenings? Do we make abortion services available? Shouldn’t killer whales be culpable for their criminal acts when they kill a dolphin?

Are we going to stop at whales? Here’s the indication that we won’t: Participants at a University of Helsinki conference said ever more studies show the giant marine mammals have human-like self-awareness, an ability to communicate and organize complex societies, making them similar to some great apes.

Apes. Monkeys. Whales. Dolphins.

Is this going to lead to voting rights? Is that what’s behind this?

How long before the Massachusetts Supreme Court gets a brief concerning Whale Rights? Will they be eligible for heathcare and drivers licenses?

It takes an awful lot of education to be this foolish.

  1. What next? Whales filing suit over the BP oil slick? Or is the water too warm for them in Louisiana? If so, I suppose they could file their own Amicus Curiae brief on behalf of their shrimp cousins.

  2. Roxeanne de Luca says:

    I’m a dog-owning, animal-loving vegetarian who will be the first to point out that these are sentient, intelligent beings, and that the vast array of complex life on this planet is amazing.

    I’ll also point out that most housepets, gerbils included, are smarter than Joe Biden. (One day, we’ll look back and say, “Joe Biden was a heartbeat away from the Presidency?!?”)

    That does not mean that we give animals our human rights – rights that are designed to help humans live together in a complex society. If we did not recognise those rights, we would be living in caves and beating each other with pointed sticks, not sending rockets to Mars and developing cancer treatments. There is no reason to give animals those rights, because they are never going to be participating members of our society.

    Now, we can have guidelines on how we treat animals in research labs, but that’s a far, far cry from allowing someone to go to court on behalf of a whale. We can have hunting and fishing bans, but those are the result of our stewardship of animals, not their inherent rights.

  3. The tastier animals have less rights than the yucky ones.