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Live Chat: Is it Ethical to Study Dolphins in Captivity?

Postby Shiva » Thu Apr 28, 2011 1:37 am

Live Chat: Is it Ethical to Study Dolphins in Captivity?

The more researchers learn about the intelligence and sentience of the animals they study, the more they're forced to confront the ethics of keeping these animals in captivity. This has proven especially true with chimpanzees, elephants, and now dolphins. Some researchers argue that dolphins are too smart to be kept in captivity. Others argue that ending captive research will prevent us from learning anything new about the minds of these animals. Where does one draw the line between ethics and knowledge, and is it possible to have both?

Join us for a spirited live chat with researchers on both sides of the issue at 3 p.m. EDT on Thursday, 28 April on this page. You can leave your questions in the comment box below before the chat starts.
~Shiva , Chief Troublemaker
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