"A tree that falls makes more noise than a forest that grows." - Chinese Proverb
India has, along with Costa Rica, Hungary and Chile, banned captive dolphin and orca shows. India has declared that cetaceans' high level of intelligence grants them the status of "non-human persons," which elevates the animals' rights. The new law partly stems from the fact that cetaceans do not historically fare well in captivity. India's Ministry of the Environment and Forests stated in the ban, "Confinement in captivity can seriously compromise the welfare and survival of all types of cetaceans by altering their behaviour and causing extreme distress." According to Treehugger, the statement also bans "any person / persons, organizations, government agencies, private or public enterprises that involves import, capture of cetacean species to establish for commercial entertainment, private or public exhibition and interaction purposes whatsoever."
Sacred Cows and Golden Geese: The Human Cost of Experiments on Animals by C. Ray Greek, MD and Jean Swingle Greek, DVM
"In this comprehensive, compelling, and troubling book, the Greeks make one point absolutely clear: the necessity is not animal experimentation; the necessity is to stop it." – Carol J. Adams, author of The Sexual Politics of Meat
Animals deserve rights, regardless of how they taste or how convenient it is to experiment on them. Like humans, animals are capable of suffering and have an interest in leading their own lives. They are not ours to use for food, clothing, experimentation, or entertainment.
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