Favored by the animal-rights movement, the idea is misanthropic, and I would say, implicitly racist.
The potential deleterious consequences to humankind from “nature rights” are beyond measuring — except to trial lawyers.
Thomas Hills argues that we will accord human-style rights to robots because we will come to empathize with them.
He thinks we are just a collection of carbon molecules and certainly of no intrinsic value simply and merely because we are human.
Human exceptionalism holds that every one of us is inherently equal, in moral value, and properly, under the law.