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Evolutionary biologists have long studied how the Mexican tetra, a drab fish that lives in rivers and creeks but has...
Victorian astronomers spent countless hours laboriously charting the positions of stars in the sky. Such sky mapping,...
In an ambitious project to study 1000 years of sickness and health, researchers are excavating the graveyard of the now...
Stefan Behnisch has won awards for designing science labs and other buildings that are smart, sustainable, and...
The iconic 125-year-old Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton near San Jose, California, is facing the threat of closure...
Recent results from the Curiosity Mars rover have helped scientists formulate a plan for the next phase of its mission...
A new, remarkably powerful drug that cripples the hepatitis C virus (HCV) came to market last week, but it sells for $...
In pretoothbrush populations, gumlines would often be marred by a thick, visible crust of calcium phosphate, food...
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Live Chat: Is it Ethical to Study Dolphins in Captivity?
27 April 2011 11:40 am
See below for the chat box. Join us each Thursday at 3 p.m. EST for a live conversation with leading scientists and expert reporters.
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.
Lori Marino, Ph.D.
Lori Marino is Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and a Faculty Affiliate of the Center for Ethics at Emory University. She serves as an expert witness and consultant on the effects of captivity on animals in a variety of cases and recently testified at a session of The House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife, about the educational claims of the zoo and aquarium industry.
Richard C. Connor
For more than 25 years Connor has worked on a unique population of Indian Ocean bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) in Shark Bay, Western Australia. Connor also has a long-standing interest in theory, especially on the evolution of cooperation, altruism and mutualism and the evolution of social systems.