Sea Change: Transforming Attitudes and Ethics Towards Marine Life
Animal rights have come a long way over the last century, providing, of course, we're not talking about fish. While other vertebrates have slowly been recognized as social, feeling, even sentient beings, fish remain good for three things: owning, catching and eating.
But recent scientific discoveries are starting to change the way fish are regarded: Some recognize human faces, use tools, care for their young, and even like to be pet. This hour, we talk about the surprising new research on fish and hear why we aught to change our attitudes towards, as author Jonathan Balcombe puts it, "our underwater cousins."
- Jonathan Balcombe - Director of Animal Sentience with the Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy; author of What A Fish Knows: The Inner Lives Of Our Underwater Cousins
- Nancy Knowlton - The Sant Chair for Marine Science at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History; author of Citizens of the Sea: Wondrous Creatures from the Census of Marine Life
- “Gone Fishin’” by Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby
- “I wish I were a Fish” from The Incredible Mr. Limpet
- “Pray For The Fish” by Randy Travis
Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.