Originally Posted by Limey Linda
Remember that cows, horses, pigs etc. have very small brains. Dolfins have ones that may be larger than yours or mine.
mmm... animal brain sizes are commonly referred to in weights in which case a bottle nose dolphin is as you suggest marginally larger than a human brain. http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/facts.html
but justifying barbaric killing of an animal on the grounds of its brain size is completely bizzare. Look at the link above - that would make killing a new born baby more acceptable than killing a cow! And killing your pet dog or cat more acceptable than a sheep!
I think you have to accept that people, rightly or wrongly, have an emotional attachment to some animals more than others. Generally it is the cute ones, the ones that do tricks or appear to show intelligence etc but it has very little to do with brain size.
If you meant "intelligence" rather than brain size then perhaps you should put the bacon back in the fridge too - as it is generally accepted that pigs are more intelligent than dogs (although what is meant by animal intelligence could probably get a forum of its own!).
I'm not in any way condoning the behaviour in that film. i'm also not a vegy, tree hugger or animal rights activist but what surprises me about this thread is that people seem so disgusted/surprised/aghast at the capabilities of "mankind". Codprawn's comment about clubbing seals was in many ways valid - he finds that disturbing as would many people who are not from "that culture". But perhaps when you look at what people do to other people (Rwanda, Guantanamo Bay, Abu Graibh, Bloody Sunday, 9/11, Holocaust, Beslam, etc * delete as applicable according to your polical persuasion!).
And Limey - you might not think this is the time/place to be PC - but if you use unnecessarily emmotive, offensive or abusive language it won't reinforce your arguments at all.