In my experience — as a once-practicing trial attorney — when the smell of money is in the water, ideology is generally not the first priority.
The “Ocean rights” approach would make the creatures of the sea co-equal with humans.
If anything is a “war on science,” it is publishing ideological articles like this in what is supposed to be a science journal.
Science goes badly off the track when it succumbs to ideological pressures — as it did with the eugenics movement.
Not surprisingly, the transition from ape to man is the first, second, and third image produced by a Google image search for the term “evolution.”