The ending to this article sounds a little radical, but the arguments are sound. Why should human beings be the only creatures or living things on earth that have legal "rights"? What right do we really have to pollute and destroy the world that so many others live on, not just people but animals too? How is it that someone who kills another is a criminal, but someone who poisons water in the name of industry isn't?
As the author so succinctly put it, "We are not gods." Every time we get a new technology to make our lives "better", we get some disadvantage from it too. We are not omnipotent, and we can't see all of the affects that each of our decisions has so it's probably best to mess with natural systems as little as possible. The more I learn about ecosystems, the more I am in awe at how perfectly Nature works on its own. I just wish others felt the same.