Nature rights apply to individual animals. And, one would assume, to be consistent, to individual plants, insects, water, and (what the hell) germs too.
This misanthropic drive among the elites to is not only wrongheaded, it is dangerous.
Imagine: pet ownership made a formal legal guardianship complete with enforceable fiduciary duties — that is, if we can have pets at all.
I have no complaint against people who refrain from consuming animal products. Making choices based on one’s moral view is an aspect of human exceptionalism.
Me? I don’t care what people eat. That’s a personal choice — kind of like taking the COVID vaccine should be.