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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

"Almost" Isn't Close Enough

There's the old saying - "Almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades". But if some scientists get their way, dolphins might be added to the list.

From the Daily Mail online: Dolphins Are Almost As Clever As Humans - So Treat Them Like People, Scientists Say

Dolphins are so intelligent they should be given the same status as humans, scientists are recommending.

The aquatic mammals are the world's second brightest creatures after humans - leapfrogging chimpanzees who have been pushed down to third in the cleverness stakes.

Experts say it is now time for dolphins to be treated as 'non-human persons' after research showed their brains have many features associated with high intelligence.

They claim it is cruel to keep such intelligent animals in amusement parks, or to kill them for food or by accident when fishing. Some 300,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises die in this way every year.