If you want to see what is going so badly wrong in society, read the professional and intellectual journals.
Of course, we know that insects are not inanimate. A fly senses when you try to swat it.
Our suffering phobia has triggered a harmful societal neurosis that has both subverted human exceptionalism and undermined societal common sense.
This isn’t some outlier bioethicist or animal-rights activist being given a few pages of ink.
While the idea is handled provocatively in philosophy literature, in practice, animals are envisioned as plaintiffs, not defendants, in animal rights cases.