The historical origins of ‘whales as people’

In an attempt to garner attention and raise awareness regarding the problematic use of orcas and other marine mammals in captivity for entertainment, PETA, an animal rights group, has sued Sea World, a corporation that builds and manages aquariums and marine parks. Opposition  to Sea World’s brand of entertainment-driven aquariums is nothing new, but this fresh lawsuit adds a novel twist to the boilerplate “intelligent animals don’t belong in captivity” – PETA is suing Sea World for violating these oceanic dolphin’s constitutional rights under the 13th amendment.

The 13th amendment to the United States Constitution explicitly outlaws slavery or involuntary captivity:

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Welcome three new blogs to our network!

As Science Online kicks into high gear, I’d like to give a shout out to the three new blogs that have joined the Gam this week!

First up is the long-awaited People, Policy, Planet by Lyndell. The blogs focuses on environmental policy, science research, and ecology. Read her introductory posts Politics and Policy.

Next up we’ve got Neuromancy, written by Craig Bertram. It’s about neuroscience, psychology, and science in general. Check out his extensive and exceptional research blogging posts here.

And finally, we’re pleased to introduce The Birds, the Bees, and Feeding the World, a group blog written by current and former PhD students Rebecca Nesbit, Emma Wright, Trish Wells, and Nichola Hawkins. They discuss all science related to our survival on this planet.

Head on over to theses three exceptional blogs and give them warm southern fried welcome!