Are dolphins “persons”?

A Public Lecture by Professor Thomas I. White
Mansfield College, Oxford
Garden Building Seminar Room East
Wednesday 24th March 2010 at 5.30pm.

This lecture is held under the auspices of the Oxford University Animal Ethics Society and VERO (Voice for Ethical Research at Oxford),

Professor White is the Conrad N. Hilton Professor in Business Ethics and Director of the Centre for Ethics and Business at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. His book In Defense of Dolphins (Blackwell 2007) addresses the ethical issues connected with human/dolphin interaction – in particular, the deaths and injuries of dolphins in connection with the human fishing industry and the captivity of dolphins in the entertainment industry. The book argues that dolphins should be considered nonhuman persons and that the current state of dolphin/human interaction is ethically indefensible. Professor White is a Scientific Adviser to the Wild Dolphin Project, a research organisation studying a community of Atlantic spotted dolphins in the Bahamas. He is also an Ambassador of the United Nations’ Year of the Dolphin programme. He was the 2007 Verizon Visiting Professor of Business, Ethics and Information

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