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

Thomas White
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4 July 2007 1405157798 978-1405157797 1
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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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (4 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405157798
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405157797
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 549,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Everyone who is interested in Cetaceans and respects them has to read this book." (Mammalia, 2011) "An interesting read which raises some important issues regarding the way we view other species … [A] thought–provoking book." ( Animal Welfare , May 2008) “White is a distinguished, well–published philosopher…His book is clearly written, carefully reasoned, and easily read. Summing Up: Highly recommended.” ( Choice ) "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 )


"Tom White′s book is a superb intellectual achievement. It combines mastery of the scientific evidence together with acute ethical analysis. It is a seminal contribution to the literature on animal ethics." – Andrew Linzey, Director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics "Thomas White does the research and brings the evidence for psychological complexity in dolphins to his readers in a compelling manner. Amidst the ongoing worldwide exploitation of dolphins in drive hunts and captivity he challenges all of us to rethink how we treat these beings. This wonderful and important book could not have come at a better time." – Lori Marino, Emory University   "In Defense of Dolphins is a much needed look at the current status of ethics and treatment of dolphins in a variety of conditions. Dr. White reviews current research to argue that we should reanalyze and reconsider some of the treatment issues around dolphins and human activity. As research and education strives to improve our world and our treatment of the inhabitants in it, so does this extensive exploration of the issues around another intelligent species." – Denise Herzing, Wild Dolphin Project "‘Alien intelligence’ or ‘nonhuman person’, or...? You will never think about dolphins the same way after reading this insightful and thought–provoking new book." – Jerry R. Schubel, President and CEO, Aquarium of the Pacific " In Defense of Dolphins is the most important book ever written about these animals. This is a book that has been crying out to be produced, but one that could only be properly written now. Professor White has carefully, indeed painstakingly, taken the latest scientific research and used it to address the key questions that make the case for dolphinkind to be given ′moral standing′ or ′rights′. His case is compelling and the book is both fascinating as an exercise in the systematic distillation of information, as well as its status as the key document that makes a case for the better treatment of dolphins. It is also highly readable and rich with remarkable insights into dolphin intelligence and behaviour." – Mark Simmonds , International Director of Science, WDCS, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A great primer on the issue of dolphin rights 25 May 2013
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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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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