I believe that time is growing short to throttle this advocacy thrust.
Do not expect logic or consistency from nature-rights activists.
Favored by the animal-rights movement, the idea is misanthropic, and I would say, implicitly racist.
Novelist Barbara Kingsolver seriously asserts, in her review of a novel in which trees are characters, that they are people too.
Anti-humanism permeates the modern environmental movement. That misanthropy can lead to decisions that create risk to human life and well-being.