New Zealand's Maori King calls for whales to be given personhood

March 31, 2024

WELLINGTON -- The King of New Zealand's Indigenous Maori people made an impassioned call Thursday for whales to be granted the same legal rights as people in a bid to protect the hallowed yet vulnerable species. New Zealand has previously passed laws granting legal status to natural features such as rivers and mountains that are important to the Maori people. The Mount Taranaki volcano and Whanganui River, both in New Zealand's North Island, are seen by the Maori as both ancestors and of spiritual importance. King Tuheitia said granting whales the same status would act as "a cloak of protection for our taonga (treasure), our ancestor -- the whales". But it also granted the Maori the same rights as British subjects and authority over "taonga" or treasures that can be intangible.

The source of this news is from Tuoi Tre News