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Dolphins are seen at the Dolphinarium in the Black Sea coast town of Constanta, 226 km east of Bucharest February 14, 2014. Romanian politician Remus Cernea is pushing a cause that he acknowledges few of his fellow Romanian lawmakers care about: giving dolphins the same rights as humans. The 39-year-old activist politician introduced a bill in parliament last week that would recognise the marine mammals as "non-human persons", on account of their highly developed intelligence, personalities and behaviour patterns. The bill, which will be debated in the Romanian upper house in the coming weeks, would make humans and dolphins equal before the law. Dolphin killers would be given the same sentences as murderers of human beings. The bill would also ban the use of dolphins in live entertainment shows.  REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel (ROMANIA - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY POLITICS) - RTX18UGA Dolphins are seen at the Dolphinarium in the Black Sea coast town of Constanta, 226 km east of Bucharest February 14, 2014. Romanian politician Remus Cernea is pushing a cause that he acknowledges few of his fellow Romanian lawmakers care about: giving dolphins the same rights as humans. The 39-year-old activist politician introduced a bill in parliament last week that would recognise the marine mammals as "non-human persons", on account of their highly developed intelligence, personalities and behaviour patterns. The bill, which will be debated in the Romanian upper house in the coming weeks, would make humans and dolphins equal before the law. Dolphin killers would be given the same sentences as murderers of human beings. The bill would also ban the use of dolphins in live entertainment shows. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel (ROMANIA - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY POLITICS) - RTX18UGA  

Ukrainian dolphin spies defected to join the Russians

Both the Russians and Americans trained dolphins to work for their navies during the Cold War. When the USSR fell in 1991, their squad of trained aquatic mammals were turned over to the Ukranians. However, they’ve now defected back to Russia.

Ukraine mainly used the trained Russian dolphins for therapy swimming for disabled children until 2012 when it relaunched the military use of dolphins, reports the Telegraph. The dolphins primarily used buoys to mark the sites of lost weapons or obstacles underwater.

Now, however, the Russians have developed new technology for the dolphins and have taken ownership of them back. An employee of the Russian Navy said, “Our experts have developed new devices, which convert the detection of objects by the dolphins’ underwater sonar to a signal on an operator’s monitor. But the Ukrainian Navy lacked the funds for such know-how, and some projects had to be shuttered.”

There have been reports of a few dolphins escaping in order to find a mate, but hopefully these trained, and vicious, animals won’t be swimming amongst the general population (SEE RELATED: Dolphins will rape and kill you).

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