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Life and dignity with Wesley J. Smith.

Elephant Ruled to be “On Par” With Humans



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An Indian court has granted damages to the owner of an elephant killed in an auto accident because the pachyderm was "on par" with a human because it could obey commands and do tricks, etc.

Well, then the owner had better be charged with slavery, because you can't own humans but you can elephants.

I am not saying the owner should not have been compensated for his loss, but this gets awfully close to the idea of "wrongful death." Sure, it's India. But it is also a denial of human exceptionalism.


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