The day we have waited for has finally arrived somewhere. Hopefully it will soon spread much farther.
India Has Just Enacted The Following Governing Declaration:
1. Every individual has the right to life.
2. No individual should be held in captivity or servitude; be subject to cruel treatment; or be removed from their natural environment.
3. All individuals have the right to freedom of movement and residence within their natural environment.
4. No individual is the property of any State, corporation, group or individual.
5. Individuals have the right to the protection of their natural environment.
6. Individuals have the right not to be subject to the disruption of their cultures.
7. The rights, freedoms and norms set forth in this Declaration should be protected under international and domestic law.
And what does it mean to say an all Indians have such “rights”?
Unlike former positive rights, such as the ‘right’ to education or health care, these rights are, at bottom, a right to be left alone.
This new declaration does not call for a government to tax others in order to provide people with food, shelter, and veterinary care. It only requires each of us to stop killing each other and making each other suffer.
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Wait a minute. I got the text of the declaration wrong. Wherever you see the word individual, substitute the word cetacean.
India is still as oppressive for human sentient beings as anywhere else in the world.
It is only its dolphins, porpoises, and whales who enjoy these simple rights we’ve been seeking to obtain for so long now.
Cetacean Rights. Fostering Moral and Legal Change.
Bottlenose dolphin in Hawaii asks human to rescue it from a fishing line it had become entangled in.