As I said in the other thread, this has nothing to do with “rights”. It’s about what kind of planet we humans want to live on. Do we want to live in a barren wasteland with nothing but weeds, rats, and humans? Of course not.
Do dolphins have more right to live than humans? Of course not. If an endangered dolphin was attacking my child, would I kill the dolphin to save my child, even though it would mean the extinction of the species? Yes, I would. That doesn’t mean that I would intentionally wipe out any species just because I could. It doesn’t mean I’m in favor of exterminating bears, tigers, sharks, or dogs just because those animals sometimes kill humans. It doesn’t mean I’m in favor of banning automobiles, just because car crashes kill more children every day than are killed by wild animals in a year.
It has nothing to do with rights. I like animals, I want to live in a world that’s beautiful and diverse, not one that’s impoverished and homogenized. I wish dodos were still alive, I wish moas were still alive, I wish woolly mammoths were still alive. And in the future, I’m going to wish these river dolphins were still alive, and so are many thousands of people in the future. Except we can prevent species from becoming extinct today, what we can’t do is resurrect species that have gone extinct in the past. Extinction, as they say, is forever. So when you won’t lift a finger to save an endangered species, that means you are fine with impoverishing the planet by that one tiny little amount.
Sure, one species of river dolphin might not mean that much to you. But it doesn’t stop with one speices of river dolphin, it goes on to elephants, tigers, pandas. Would you lift a finger to stop the extinction of elephants? What if your child comes to you one day and wishes he lived in a world where elephants still lived? What are you gonna tell him?
This isn’t about rights, it’s about humanity.