Of course, we know that insects are not inanimate. A fly senses when you try to swat it.
In other words, we, flora, fauna, and, indeed, geological features such as rivers and granite outcroppings are equal.
Our suffering phobia has triggered a harmful societal neurosis that has both subverted human exceptionalism and undermined societal common sense.
“Nature rights” and “animal rights” activists will keep trying. And there is no denying they are making incremental inroads.
Nature-rights laws generally allow anyone who believes that nature’s “rights” are being violated to sue to prevent the violation and to seek redress.