Save a Dolphin - Grant it CitizenshipBy Worldwide News Ukraine, PRNE
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
KIEV, Ukraine, November 17, 2010 - Volodymyr Boreiko, a Ukrainian ecologist, came up with an idea
to grant citizenship to dolphins. According to him, this will prevent the
dolphins from extinction, largely caused by the brutal behavior of humans.
This conviction impelled Boreiko to address the President of Ukraine. Also,
the Ukrainian ecologist plans to raise the issue internationally.
"The attempts of endowing animals with human rights in order
to protect them are scant and do not carry the international scale. I believe
that calling to the public concern and collaboration should be the first step
towards the future reforms and changes for the better," stressed Boreiko.
Several countries have already acknowledged the legal rights
for the animals. Spain, for instance, became the first state to extend
certain human rights to the apes. In New Zealand the Animal Welfare Act
prohibits the involvement of great apes for experiments that would be of use
to humans. In Ecuador the legal protection is envisioned both for flora and
fauna and is stipulated in the state's Constitution. Meanwhile, Volodymyr
Boreiko intends to launch a national and then an international movement to
ensure that the rights of dolphins and other extinguishing species are
recognized by much greater number of countries and international
Latest scientific research of dolphins' brain proved that
these mammals are more mentally advanced than chimpanzees and are considered
to be the most intelligent creatures after humans. Dolphins can distinguish
themselves in the mirror and learn the basic language of symbols.
According to the 2008 International Union for Conservation of
Nature Red List of Threatened Species, out of 37 species of dolphins that
live today, 8 subpopulations are considered critically endangered while 2
species and 3 subspecies are classified as endangered. Dolphins all over the
world are currently suffering dramatic declines because of marine pollution,
illegal dynamite fishing, entanglement in the fishing equipment etc. With
only a couple of dozens of individuals left, Baiji Dolphin is one of the
world's rarest mammals listed among 10 most endangered species on the planet.
Others include the Pinta Island tortoise, Iberian Lynx, Red Wolf etc.
All three species of dolphins which inhabit the Black Sea
today are listed in the Red Book of Ukraine.
For more information, please contact Natalia Shulevska +380633776645, news at wnu-ukraine.com, Project Manager at Worldwide News Ukraine
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