If a squirrel or mushroom and all other earthly entities somehow possess rights, the vibrancy of rights withers.
Around 1970 Michael Denton was a young researcher at Kings College London, thinking about how mammalian red blood cells could become anucleate.
Peter Thiel assailed the “Atheist Church,” as he calls the universities, calling for outsiders to push for a reformation that the academic priesthood will never undertake on its own.
A “manifesto” in the science journal Human Evolution declares that chimpanzees and bonobos should be considered legal “persons” with legally enforceable “rights.”
The point here isn’t to prevent abuse, if it exists. We have animal-welfare laws for that.