Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans: Whales and Dolphins
Based on the principle of the equal treatment of all persons;
Recognizing that scientific research gives us deeper insights into the complexities of cetacean minds,
societies and cultures;
Noting that the progressive development of international law manifests an entitlement to life by
We affirm that all cetaceans as persons have the right to life, liberty and wellbeing.
We conclude that:
1. Every individual cetacean has the right to life.
2. No cetacean should be held in captivity or servitude; be subject to cruel treatment; or be
removed from their natural environment.
3. All cetaceans have the right to freedom of movement and residence within their natural
4. No cetacean is the property of any State, corporation, human group or individual.
5. Cetaceans have the right to the protection of their natural environment.
6. Cetaceans have the right not to be subject to the disruption of their cultures.
7. The rights, freedoms and norms set forth in this Declaration should be protected under
international and domestic law.
8. Cetaceans are entitled to an international order in which these rights, freedoms and norms can be
9. No State, corporation, human group or individual should engage in any activity that undermines
these rights, freedoms and norms.
10. Nothing in this Declaration shall prevent a State from enacting stricter provisions for the
protection of cetacean rights.
Done, 22nd May 2010,