An extended protection of animals without egregious sentimentality, taking into account all parties and understanding the necessity to sustain multiple-living communities for their own sake as well as human beings, is a just cause.
These are issues for all of us to be sensitive to, whether conservative or liberal or in-between.
Ships and corporations are treated in United States courts as “fictitious” persons, so this is not as far-fetched as it might seem. If a corporation is entitled to due process, why not the Greater Sage Grouse that is facing a retreating habitat in California and Nevada? Or, other living, sentient beings?