…referring to these beautiful creatures as nonhuman persons may be damning them with faint praise if the measure of personhood is -- us. Superior technology and a willingness to commit animal and human genocide for fun and profit hardly makes us a worthy standard by which to measure our brethren in the animal kingdom. If they're half as intelligent as we now believe they are, most self-respecting dolphins would bitterly resent the comparison, anyway. Perhaps a more reliable measure of intelligence is an ability to live in harmony with nature as much as possible. Actually, that would give the advantage to dolphins -- and every other nonhuman creature that swims, creeps or flies over the surface of the Earth.