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nature rights

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Common house mouse  looks out from a mink in the wall

About Those ‘Synthetic Embryos’

Israeli researchers appear to have created what they are calling “synthetic mouse embryos,” using embryonic stem cells — without fertilization — and developed them about halfway through a normal mouse period of gestation. Read More ›
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Suwannee River, Gilchrist County, Florida

Local ‘Water Rights’ Law Invalidated in Florida

I have written here previously of several attempts to enact “nature rights” kinds of laws, specifically targeting water, in the State of Florida. The threat became so real — with Orange County passing a “rights of water” ordinance — that a law was enacted at the state level prohibiting granting rights to nature. Read More ›
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Elephant in the savannah, in Namibia, Africa, concept for traveling in Africa and Safari

Court Rules Elephant Does Not Have Rights

I have written here several times about the attempt by the Nonhuman Rights Project (NHRP) to “break the species barrier” by having animals declared “persons” entitled to enforceable rights. The first cases involved chimps. The latest attempt involved Happy the elephant, a denizen of the Bronx Zoo. Read More ›
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Spectacular view of the sacred Ganges river flowing through the green mountains of Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India.

India State High Court Rules That Nature Is a ‘Living Being’ with ‘Rights’

The Madras High Court in India, which has jurisdiction over the state of Tamil Nadu, has declared that nature is a living being with rights. Read More ›
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The river is covered by the fog of a mountain forest. Skagit river, North Cascades

Seattle Power Company Sued for Violating the Rights of Fish

When we give up human exceptionalism, we go a bit mad and soon are eating our own tails. The green movement — which thinks it is attacking capitalism and fighting global warming — will find that out sooner rather than later if they succeed in granting rights to the natural world and its various elements. Read More ›
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Homemade sign at environmental rally. A colorful cardboard placard is viewed close up, saying the climate is changing, why aren't we, in the hands of ecological activists as they protest in the city

Stop ‘Authoritarian Climate Governance’ Before It is Too Late

If COVID has taught us anything, it is that the technocratic class has little compunction about restricting freedom. Moreover, once they grab power, they are very reluctant to give it back. Read More ›
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Large yellow trucks used in modern mine Western Australia. Bulldozer moves rock towards digger which fills trucks which transport ore from the open cast mine.

Environmentalists Oppose Lithium Mining in Nevada

So, we can’t mine and burn coal. We can’t drill and burn oil or natural gas. We need to end the use of internal-combustion engines. And now, we can’t mine lithium. Sometimes I think these anti-modernity throwbacks won’t be satisfied until we return to the caves. Read More ›
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Swimming African Elephant Underwater. Big elephant in ocean with air bubbles and reflections on water surface.

NO to ‘Elephant Rights’ and ‘Water Rights’

The anti-humanists are on the march! Today, I want to discuss subversive advocacy campaigns to expand rights from the human realm to animals, and indeed, the rest of the natural world. Read More ›