And what progress this could be!
Perhaps humanity is at a turning point, understanding what the moral community really is, not our blinkered view of history.
You're spot on Philippa. These rights have existed all along. We just need to recognize them. That's not such a huge leap!
I agree, Philippa: these are not rights FOR whales but rights OF whales. This is a sea-floor-breaking declaration. The fact is that we simply know too much about whales to continue killing them and destroying their habitat. It is time for a new relationship, and a formalized recognition of cetacean rights.