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Published on Aug 3, 2013
This is a video of a presentation by Thomas White at the November 27, 2012 meeting of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Cetacean Society. Professor White is the author of the seminal book, 'In Defense of Dolphins: The New Moral Frontier.' This talk explains: why dolphins are 'nonhuman persons'; what it means to say they have 'moral rights'; and why killing, deliberately harming and keeping cetaceans captive is ethically indefensible. It also briefly discusses the 'Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans.' Professor White is a philosopher who holds a chair in ethics at Loyola Marymount University. He is also a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and Scientific Adviser to the Wild Dolphin Project. He has spoken about his research at a number of major scientific conferences.