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In Defense of Dolphins: The New Moral Frontier (Blackwell Public Philosophy Series) [Kindle Edition]

Thomas White
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Have humans been sharing the planet with other intelligent life for millions of years without realizing it? In Defense of Dolphins combines accessible science and philosophy, surveying the latest research on dolphin intelligence and social behavior, to advocate for their ethical treatment.
  • Encourages a reassessment of the human-dolphin relationship, arguing for an end to the inhuman treatment of dolphins
  • Written by an expert philosopher with almost twenty-years of experience studying dolphins
  • Combines up-to-date research supporting the sophisticated cognitive and emotional capacities of dolphins with entertaining first-hand accounts
  • Looks at the serious questions of intelligent life, ethical treatment, and moral obligation
  • Engaging and thought-provoking

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"Everyone who is interested in Cetaceans and respects them has to read this book." (Mammalia, 2011)

“This humbling book is a must–read for anyone who respects cetaceans and would like to step back from preconceived anthropocentric notions to learn more about these ‘people of the sea.’” (Animal Welfare Institute, June 2009)

"Thought–provoking … very readable and well laid out … (White) raises some important issues regarding the way we view other species."
Universities Federation for Animal Welfare

“White is a distinguished, well–published philosopher…His book is clearly written, carefully reasoned, and easily read. Summing Up: Highly recommended.”
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"Everyone who is interested in Cetaceans and respects them has to read this book." (Mammalia, 2011) “This humbling book is a must-read for anyone who respects cetaceans and would like to step back from preconceived anthropocentric notions to learn more about these ‘people of the sea.'" (Animal Welfare Institute, June 2009) "Thought-provoking … very readable and well laid out … (White) raises some important issues regarding the way we view other species." Universities Federation for Animal Welfare “White is a distinguished, well-published philosopher…His book is clearly written, carefully reasoned, and easily read. Summing Up: Highly recommended." Choice

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2478 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (18 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001QCXV70
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #914,082 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great primer on the issue of dolphin rights 25 May 2013
Format:Paperback
Thomas White has created an excellent primer on the issue of dolphin rights. With the recent decision of the Indian Government to outlaw whale and dolphin captivity based partly on the the recognition of cetaceans status as 'non- human persons', Tom's vision is seeming to be coming true.

Tom takes us through both the science and the philosophical underpinning of the arguments of why dolphins deserve their own rights. He does not claim they should have human rights as some mistakenly claim of him, but he calls for specific 'dolphin rights'.

Here is an inspiring book that takes the issue of whale and dolphin rights forward on a firm foundation and should be read by all those seeking to understand the worlds oceans and their inhabitants, as well as those who want to understand us humans in a new and revealing light.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 16 Dec. 2012
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Bought it for myself, couldn't put it down. Every time I picked it up I found out something new and interesting about these creatures. Bought another one for my dad this christmas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligence on Intelligence 27 July 2009
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Excellent, fantastic, a book that should be on the compulsory reading list in all the schools of the world, but particularly for Japanese politicians and anybody else involved in the fishing industry. The book is well researched, well written and well thought out in that it unfolds very nicely. White creates a water-tight arguement in favour of our growing up a little as a species and accepting the fact that we are not the only intelligence on the planet. Our inability to accept the intelligence of others in the face of such overwhelming evidence is a poor comment on our own intelligence. Read it and tell others about it, you will enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!! 11 Feb. 2014
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A brilliant read. Well worth the money.
Very scientific so if that doesn't grab you then choose something a little less technical. But for me was great!
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I had the pleasure of seeing Thomas I White lecture at Mansfield College, Oxford. This book will pave the way to provide a better understanding of these wonderful creatures, and I hope better welfare standards around the world. In Japan, dolphins are regarded as pests, but it's Japan's overfishing that is causing fish stocks to decline. Japan needs to understand this before it's too late.
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