It’s a particularly crude example of how confirmation bias works — how else would you explain this story? — not only among lay people but among top researchers.
That’s the “new path” I’d recommended, as a counter to the prevailing pessimism of our culture.
“Animal standing” is really a Trojan horse to allow animal rights extremists to seek court rulings enforcing their own ideology.
In seeking to explain what makes humans exceptional, current evolutionists convert guesswork into a methodology, as humans did for long ages in the pre-scientific past.
This is where all assisted suicide and euthanasia legalization laws eventually lead.