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Thomas I. White of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles :

"Like humans, dolphins appear to be self-conscious, unique individuals with distinctive personalities, memories and a sense of self, who are vulnerable to a wide range of physical and emotional pain and harm, and who have the power to reflect upon and choose their actions."
To truly be at the "top" of the animal kingdom; then surely it is incumbent upon us to recognize non-human persons.
by Guido1 February 24, 2010