The afterword, on “Totalitarian Science,” published in 2015, shows John West as a prophet of things to come.
“It’s my opinion” is not a strong ground on which to take a moral stand.
Scientists aren’t like “everyone else”: because of the prestige they enjoy, the impact of their being “uncritical of things that [they] want to believe” is tremendous. It can be quite corrosive, quite malign.
Do not expect logic or consistency from nature-rights activists.