“Nature rights” and “animal rights” activists will keep trying. And there is no denying they are making incremental inroads.
Based on the chat-room comments, I was viewed by the college students who watched as the skunk at the party for defending human exceptionalism.
The activists are right about one thing. Rights of nature would be far more effective in impeding development and extracting wealth from the land than the current system.
If “nature rights” laws become widespread, there will be plenty of money to pay lawyers to sue developers and resource-using enterprises into the dirt.
Be it noted that “nature rights” is not aimed primarily at preventing pollution.