The Disparity Between Experiments that Suggest Sophisticated Cognition in Animals and Those that Find Hard Limits to Animal Intelligence Has Created A Debate Over Animal “Personhood”

 By Dave Munger from Seed. 

"The recent fatal attack of a SeaWorld trainer by the orca Tilikum has led to renewed questions about how humans should deal with potentially intelligent animals. Was Tilikum’s action premeditated, and how should that possibility influence decisions on the animal’s future treatment? Orcas, like their close relatives, dolphins, certainly seem smart, though researchers debate just how intelligent these cetaceans are and how similar their cognition is to humans. Should we ever treat such creatures like people?"

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