While the idea is handled provocatively in philosophy literature, in practice, animals are envisioned as plaintiffs, not defendants, in animal rights cases.
In other words, we should redefine our self-understanding as being just another species in the forest.
As we learn more from research about how various life forms respond to experiences, a more complex picture may raise political issues.
“Nature rights” and “animal rights” activists will keep trying. And there is no denying they are making incremental inroads.
Earlier this month, just in time for the release of Robert J. Marks’s book Non-Computable You, the story broke.