This article discusses some recent scientific findings about the intelligence of dolphins and their ability to communicate and learn. The researchers conclude that “it is morally unacceptable to keep such intelligent animals in amusement parks or to kill them for food or by accident when fishing.”
That’s nice, of course, but one wonders how many more such studies will be required before the obvious becomes too blatant to ignore. Quite a few, apparently, if the comments to the piece are any barometer. My personal favorite:
Intelligent? Pretty much all they [dolphins] do is swim, eat, & talk to each other. Oh, there is one more thing they do…
For those who think of dolphins as oh-so-sweet, innocent cuddly creatures, um, male dolphins often gang-rape females.
Liberals are always trying to minimize the distinctions between man & beast, man & woman, man & God, as well as good & evil.
It’s hard to know where to begin with this one. Certainly, all those liberal zoologists must be feeling pretty silly right about now. Imagine the depravity of a species that gang-rapes. What kind of a sick mind would compare such foul creatures to humans?
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