This is not as radical an idea as it may sound. The law is fully capable of making and unmaking "persons" in the strictly legal sense. But that would be unlikely to happen with whales, dolphins, or even great apes.
Animals -- marine or otherwise -- do not confine themselves to national boundaries. It's vital that all governments take ownership and pride in their biodiversity and ecosystems, and live up to their responsibilities both moral and legal.
My new book about killer whales in captivity -- Death at SeaWorld -- does not hit stores for another five months, and already there are two online petitions (here is one) to boycott the title and urge booksellers and the media to ignore and reject the book.
On February 8, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Miller dropped his gavel and declared whales are not entitled to constitutional protection against slavery. This ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed last October by five orcas currently being "held in slavery and involuntary servitude" at SeaWorld.
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Want to just solve the problem? They estimate that whaling makes about $31 million in profits. Anti-whaling spends $25 million. If the anti-whaling money directly paid whalers not to hunt -- problem solved.
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On December 10th, Ric O'Barry, star of the Academy Award-winning documentary film The Cove, took part in a momentous lighting ceremony at the Empire State Building to honor the thousands of dolphins slaughtered annually off the coastal waters of Taiji, Japan.
Hammerheads are easily viewed at close range at "cleaning stations" and inquisitive green turtles commonly approach research divers.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, what follows is a five thousand word essay about Megaptera Novaeangliae, one of my favorite animals.
People can now volunteer with wildlife conservation projects while traveling or see and learn about wild animals in their natural habitat while supporting efforts to protect them.
I'm gently squishing the top of a 1,400 pound Beluga whale's head.
When it comes to whaling, Iceland is an international outlaw. Years of global negotiations and declarations have failed utterly to end its illegal slaughter of whales. It's time to send Iceland a message it can't ignore: trade sanctions.
"Daddy, why do they kill the whales?" Moved by such an innocent question from a child, the team decided to fly to the Faroe Islands to offer an international perspective on the annual bloodbath as showcased in Confessions of a Eco-Terrorist.