No such thing as non-human personhood

Letter writer Cherryl Katnich wonders if columnist Jack Emberly is still mind-linked with a fruit bat

Editor, The News:

Re: You can talk to animals if you listen (Along The Fraser, Aug. 16).

Jack Emberly writes, “I mind-linked with a fruit bat in my big sister’s back yard.” It seems they are still connected.

No one disputes some animals respond to repetitive words, are social and far more complex than we can ever imagine. But  the scientist Mr. Emberley mentions, Dr. Con Slobodchikoff of Northern University who is “working on a digital device that will translate the vocalizations of prairie dogs sound like he was in on the mind meld as well.

As far as India declaring dolphins, (amazing creatures)  “non-human personhood” there is no such thing. Persons are an individual human being; a man, woman, or child; bodily form; human frame. As well India has a history of treating their animals better than their citizens.

Cherryl Katnich

Maple Ridge

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