There's an amazing article in the NYT Sunday, Whales Watching Us. Whales have a much deeper intelligence than we ever have given them credit for. They might have both awareness of self and of others, which we now are recognizing in an increasing number of animals. Maybe far beyond what we even can fathom. With this growing understanding, what we are doing to the planet, and how to we treat animals in general, becomes increasingly hard to accept. It's akin to the growing realization that homosexuals should, OF COURSE, have the same rights as heterosexuals (future generations are just going to shake their heads at our narrow-mindedness). Just as slavery could no longer be accepted when consciousness shifted, or when enough people (men) accepted that women should have the same rights as men. I believe the next frontier will be in how we treat nature and the animal kingdom. We can no longer look away, when it's so apparent that they are mirror-images of us, watching us, and remembering what we've done to them. The time when we will treat all living beings with respect is further down the road, but there's no doubt; it's coming!