Interesting essay from friend of Batten, Lee Hall:

Animal rights activists. Everybody’s heard about them. They talk a lot about what they don’t want. But what do they want? What kind of rights, exactly, does an animal-rights activist have in mind?

Let’s start by thinking about why we use the term “rights” at all. Our law treats everything and everyone on Earth as a person or as a piece of property. To our law, there’s no meaningful category in between those two classifications — or beyond them. There’s property here, persons there. Things, and owners.

Not only are water and seeds and trees and beaches for sale, but conscious beings too are classified as property, available to be owned by persons. Persons may be those ubiquitous apes known as human beings, or, in certain circumstances, persons might be the businesses concocted by these same ubiquitous apes…

Read the rest here.