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    Romania Considers Awarding Dolphins Human Rights

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    A member of the Romanian parliament has proposed legislation that would give dolphins human rights.

    A member of the Romanian parliament has proposed legislation that would give dolphins human rights.

    That means intentionally killing one would result the same legal proceedings and sentencing that murdering a person would.

    According to the proposal, dolphins would also be assured, “to be protected in their own living natural environment, and not to be separated from the group or family he or she belongs.”

    Practices that would become forbidden as a result are keeping them for entertainment purposes and in captivity for any reason other than medical or for their own protection.

    The man responsible for putting the bill together was inspired to do so in part because of the animal’s natural intelligence and heightened sensitivity.

    He also hopes the measure will help protect Romania’s indigenous population of them, which live the Black Sea.

    Despite being championed by the Academy Award winning filmmaker who made ‘The Cove’, a documentary about dolphin hunting in Japan, many say the bill’s outlook isn’t good.

    The creator of it himself says he’s been having a hard time getting support, given the many other issues that need to be addressed in the country, including corruption and public service issues.