Cetacean Commonwealth is a commonwealth of the Cetacea Nations
comprising all species of Cetacea, the mammalian order of whales
and dolphins and the humans that support them.
is now scientifically proven that the dolphins are self-aware,
a trait shared with humans. Since other Cetacea have even larger
brains, we conclude that the other species are self-aware as well.
Cetacea also transmit information culturally across generations
and are the longest lived of all species. The Cetacea have the
largest brains, include the largest creatures on Earth and have
a long history of friendship, cooperation and partnership with
humans which makes us co-species, sharing the planet.
territory encompasses the 75% of the Earth covered by oceans as
well as inhabiting several major rivers.
therefore qualify as a people and with their intelligence, culture,
and sentience, are entitled to full recognition under human laws.
Cetacean Commonwealth is hereby established this day March 7,
2002, 1:34 AM Pacific time.
who would like to see proper treatment of the people of the sea,
and wish to join in this co-species venture are invited to participate.
suggested first by Dr. John Lilly, M.D., the Cetacea are worthy
of recognition as a people, and are entitled to recognition and
proper treatment under human law, just as any other sovereign
to Francis Boyle, Attorney, University of Illinois, recognition
as a people has been necessary to stop genocide of other humans.
One example is the Australian aboriginal people, who were legally
classed as game animals until 1967 when they won their rights
as human beings in a court action.
a similar process, applied on behalf of the Cetacea will gain
their rights and proper treatment as well. Currently, in the United
States, the National Marine Fisheries Service of the Department
of Commerce administers the Cetacean policy under the Marine Mammal
Protection Act. In this venue, they are treated in the same class
as fish, and as resources, food, etc.
peoples of the sea, the Cetacean Commonwealth, we move them to
proper position, as members of old global indigenous cultures
of self-aware, sentient, sovereign beings. As such, other nations
will then recognize them and accord them proper diplomatic treatment.
In the United States, this would mean that the Cetacea should
be dealt with by the State Department, with full honors accorded
them, as are other nations and their members.
the moment, our communication with the Cetacea is limited, at
least in an objective, verifiable way. Research to remedy this
is underway. Until this work is completed, humans can choose to
speak for them and represent their interests, just as one might
represent someone who is mute before the court. Therefore, we
invite other humans who agree with the above Cetacean Commonwealth
to come forward as ambassadors and spokes-persons.
Cetacean Commonwealth is a way for ALL of our voices to be heard
- the peoples of the sea and the peoples of the land.
it is crucial for our voices to be heard and heeded. Our planet
is being plundered by vested interests that care little for the
state of our world. Hundreds of thousands of dolphins are killed
each year. We may have already lost 60% of the Spinner Dolphin
population in the eastern Pacific because of tuna fishing that
kills them. Thousands more are killed by pollution, starvation
caused by over fishing, Navy sonars, geological prospecting, and
a plethora of other causes. It is time we respect the Cetacea,
the oceans, our planet and treat it as worthy of our love.
benefits to the Cetacea and ourselves include cleaner oceans,
cleaner rivers, restoration of the ecosystems on which we all
depend. The knowledge of our planet, our history that the Cetacea
can share is of immense value, and by integrating the Cetacea
into our human society, we will learn of each other, and share
our lives. Already, at this early stage of the process, we have
found that the dolphins can remedy conditions that are beyond
the capability of current medicine. We would be wise to learn
more. Certainly this is only the beginning of what we will learn
from each other.
should you resonate with this, contact us:
are seeing an idea like the Cetacean Commonwealth as a way to
give the People of the Sea a voice through us humans. And also
a Voice of WE, the People having a say at these meetings. So far,
it is mostly vested interests.
we be successful in having an opportunity to present at the IWC
we would have some interspecies music. And hopefully petitions
or 'treaties' between as many people as we can and the Cetacea
Nations, thereby having the signatories be part of the Commonwealth.
intend to have a live audio link to the Humpbacks in Hawai'i and
broadcast it to Earth Day, Santa Monica, California, April 19-22,
2002. We further intend to have a similar link at the International
Whaling Commission meeting in Japan, May 23, 2002. The Cetacea
will have a voice. It is time to stop the genocide of the people
of the sea and begin a time of honor, respect and restoration.
It is time that all of us that are called to be with the dolphins
and whales as friends and helpers to claim our sovereign right
to do so.
did a historical first live link to the humpbacks with the aid
of Whalesong.net for Earthday 2004 at the University of Hawaii,
principle of the Cetacean Commonwealth:
right of free assembly among consenting species.
is our right to associate with the Cetacea on a respectful basis.
And there is abundant evidence that some Cetacea feel the same.
They have been offering their cooperation for thousands of years,
and it time now that we recognized their efforts and join them,
meeting them with our finest efforts.