While the idea is handled provocatively in philosophy literature, in practice, animals are envisioned as plaintiffs, not defendants, in animal rights cases.
I have written here several times about the attempt by the Nonhuman Rights Project (NHRP) to “break the species barrier.”
This misanthropic drive among the elites to is not only wrongheaded, it is dangerous.
Imagine: pet ownership made a formal legal guardianship complete with enforceable fiduciary duties — that is, if we can have pets at all.
Think cattle herds suing ranchers or lab animals suing universities — not to improve care but to liberate from all human use.