Nature rights apply to individual animals. And, one would assume, to be consistent, to individual plants, insects, water, and (what the hell) germs too.
I can write those words. I understand their meaning. But I can’t comprehend such an utter rejection of human exceptionalism.
This kind of thinking drives me nuts. First, we don’t treat animals as mere things or as being akin to inanimate objects.
A “manifesto” in the science journal Human Evolution declares that chimpanzees and bonobos should be considered legal “persons” with legally enforceable “rights.”
Our care and treatment of animals arise from human duties, not conjuring rights for animals out of ideological zeal.