“Nature rights” and “animal rights” activists will keep trying. And there is no denying they are making incremental inroads.
Imagine: pet ownership made a formal legal guardianship complete with enforceable fiduciary duties — that is, if we can have pets at all.
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.
Why the alarm? Remember, it only takes one judge.