Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/08/31/could-rights-nature-laws-help-save-endangered-orcas
Unfortunately, USAmerica is at the forefront of destruction with its military burning infinite amounts of carbon, and its Navy maiming whales with unendurable megasonar tests, just for the hell of it.
In this country, there’s scarce hope from the courts for human beings (whom the courts weren’t really set up to assist), let alone any other species. Think of the legislature, the courts, the DA, and the police all being pretty much on the same side (except in rare instances where there are rich White folks on both sides) all the time. Why do we have lifetime appointments to the Supreme Court? To make sure rights the founders sought to guarantee – privileges to prey on everyone and everything else – are sealed in stone.