Trees and animals are also human beings
Since the end of the 1980s, when the VVTT vegetarian club was still based in Calcata, we have collected thousands of signatures so that the status of "human beings" was recognized for all animals.
Obviously, if this happened, it would immediately lead to the closure of all farms and slaughterhouses. I remember that I sent that request to the rulers at the time, trying to sensitize the then President of the Republic, Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, who replied by saying that it was not his prerogative to intervene in this sense. Well, later, also to silence public opinion, at least the law against the mistreatment of pets passed, which by now have become in effect "life companions" and affective substitutes for many humans.
Unfortunately, the same consideration is not addressed to the other animals that are still tortured and vivisected, abused in all ways, killed for culinary purposes or for fun and games. Here I note that even the Catholic Church does not consider "pietas" towards our fellow men as an ethical-philosophical (not to say religious and moral) necessity.
The same disrespect is directed towards the plant world: trees. Plants - as the botanist Stefano Mancuso said - are the first forms of life, endowed with intelligence and consciousness, that appeared on the planet and it is they that allow the existence of all living species on the planet, including man. Plants constitute the rib, the base, on which the whole world in which we live is built. Believing to be above Nature is one of the most serious dangers for the survival of our species.