petroleum, nuclear power, USA, Iran and dolphins

At a first glance the title of this post doesn’t make any sense at all. What, for God sake, could possibly relate dolphins with the Iran-USA crisis in the Persian Gulf? The fact is that as a retired US Admiral, Tim Keating, said US Navy has trained about 80 dolphins to detect mines and that they’re ready and willing to use them in the Strait of Hormuz, a strategically important sea passage out of the Persian Gulf.

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This is not the first time that dolphins are trained to be used in conflicts to drop transponders near the mines in readiness for naval disposal teams or to trigger the mines and die in the explosion. As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle the invasion of Iraq was the last time the minesweeping capability of dolphins was widely-touted, and the Seattle Times reported that the Navy has 80 bottlenose dolphins in the San Diego Bay alone. But actually, the Navy has trained dolphins to protect U.S. troops and ships and has used them in Vietnam and the Persian Gulf before since 1960.

The Navy identifies the following animal species as having been used or studied by the U.S. Marine Mammal Program various times:

Cetaceans:

Pinnipeds:

Other:

Peter Singer, professor of bioethics at Princeton University accused on the Guardian, the US Navy of “speciesism”. How to disagree with Professor Singer point of view?

Petitions have been proposed to stop the use of dolphins in military activities and to formally declare rights for whales and dolphins.

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