India recognizes dolphins as non-human persons
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Dolphins gain unprecedented protection in India http://www.dw.de/dolphins-gain-unprecedented-protection-in-india/a-16834519
India has officially recognized dolphins as non-human persons, whose rights to life and liberty must be respected. Dolphin parks that were being built across the country will instead be shut down. In a statement, the government said research had clearly established cetaceans are highly intelligent and sensitive, and that dolphins "should be seen as 'non-human persons' and as such should have their own specific rights."
If only the Japanese were aware enough to understand this...