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Speaking with some friends, somehow the topic of which animals it’s okay to eat came up. My friend suggested an intelligence-based metric, allowing for cows and chickens to be eaten but not, say, dogs and cats.
Someone asked, “what about dolphins?”
My friend replied that they’re very intelligent, and may be capable of savings and investment. He related a story in which a dolphin was trained to retrieve a piece of paper in order to receive a reward. On a later iteration the dolphin was observed to take the paper, tear it into scraps and hide them under a rock, and later present the multiple scraps in hopes of more rewards.
My friend asked, “now, you couldn’t possibly want to eat an animal that can do that, right?”
And I said, “heck no! I think that dolphin should be given a job at Goldman Sachs!”