Our brains have vastly more ability than is needed for survival, most notably the capacity for language and abstract thought.
Hammering home the lesson about “our own evolutionary history” was exactly the purpose behind displaying and humiliating an African man with monkeys.
Most media with which I interact on this issue assume that advocating personhood for nature must be a fringe meme.
“Animal standing” would open the courts to lawsuits brought by animals.
Maxim Loskutoff recounts the time he and his girlfriend were threatened by a grizzly bear while hiking in Montana.