Can you "prove" they aren't? Dolphins, whales and elephants show countless indications of being on our level in every way other than tool building ability and knowledge of science that we gained with our tool building ability. Some seem to exceed us in common sense and compassion. Our shortcomings at being able to communicate with them shouldn't give them a death sentence. They grieve extensively over the loss of loved ones, thats all we need to know in order to realise killing them is pure evil, at least as sinister as killing a human. And then there is the aspect I personally find overly disturbing due to my respect and admiration of evolution. The move from land to water would have been an intense struggle for the ancestors of whales. Having to learn to sleep in water when they lost their legs, they have learned to sleep half awake out of necessity, from this we can gather the stressful lives the whales ancestors had to endure were extreme, but they struggled through and only the absolute ultimate individuals who put everything they had into surviving would have lived to pass on their genes. All this struggling and over coming of adversity and for what? These multi million year old rich and noble lineages that required so much effort and pain and struggle get stomped on so bald apes can make money? The whale holocaust was the the pinnacle of tragedy in earths history. Its the event an impartial outsider would select as the most disgusting and depraved injustice this world has ever known. And the worst part is whales like us, they are kind animals that seek our company to befriend us. The sperm whale moby dick was based on defended his family from ruthless violent attackers and risked his life, knocking himself unconscious by ramming the assailants boat in half with his head to thwart their attack Who is the overly diabolical villain in this scenario and who is the hero? Keep in mind if that same sperm whale wasn't having his family brutally murdered in front of him he would have frolicked with those people and made an attempt to have a peaceful interspecies connection. Really think about that, even though it is incredibly depressing. Who's the more admirable creature? Only recently have a certain few homo-sapiens reached that level of reverence. Where they will meet another animal and want nothing more than a "firm handshake" out of respect for the fact they are both experiencing life. Thats all whales have ever wanted from us, a peaceful acknowledgement and showing of respect for eachother, we've wanted their oil and their parents and children to bleed infront of themPlease Register or Log in to view the hidden image! I'd say whales are far more advanced than us in many ways. I don't think killing them for any reason whatsoever is anything less than baby-rapingly disgusting and it takes away any doubt as to who is the more admirable animal.