Salish Sea Cetacean Bill of Rights

In May 2013, India became the first nation on Earth to recognize dolphins as non-human persons under law. This law means that it is now illegal to own, sell, imprison, kill or otherwise harm dolphins in India. Doesn’t that sound pretty reasonable? Perhaps even long overdue?

If we treat corporations as non-human persons, with an array of rights and privileges under the law (as we do in most countries throughout the world), why not Flipper? And if Flipper, why not Shamu? And if Flipper and Shamu, why not all the rest of the whales while we are at it!?

The ten rights listed in this proposed Salish Sea Cetacean Bill of Rights are modeled after the ones proposed at the Cetacean Rights: Fostering Moral and Legal Change conference held in Helsinki, Finland in May 2010.

We propose that Coast Salish First Nations accept the great honor and responsibility of being the First Nations on Earth (pun intended) to proclaim the following Cetacean Bill of Rights. What’s good for the cetaceans is good for the other 5,000 species living in and around the Salish Sea!

Did You Know: Chile, Uruguay and Brazil have all designated their entire territorial waters as “Whale Sanctuaries.” Furthermore, they established these Whale Sanctuaries based upon overwhelming public support (98% in Chile!). Will the Salish Sea be the next Whale Sanctuary in the Americas?

Cetaceans Returning to the Salish Sea

In recent months and years, many species of whales, dolphins and porpoises have returned to the Salish Sea in numbers not seen in decades.

Here’s a nice new idea: what if we all come together in unprecedented unified action to restore Cetacean populations throughout the Salish Sea to more than 50% of historic levels as soon as possible?

Cetaceans Returning in the Salish Sea  
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