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A city council in Australia takes action for ‘plant rights law’

Located on the Mornington Peninsula in Australia, the Shire City Council announced that it has prepared guidelines to define the legal rights of plants, breaking new ground in history.

According to the Herald Sun’s report, Councilor Debra Mar noted that while there is a biodiversity plan in place, there should be a policy that protects the unique ecosystem in the region.

“We are losing our tree shadows,” Mar told the newspaper. The sound of chainsaws is coming from everywhere… I look out my window and where I once saw trees now have roofs,” he said. “Our future depends on what we do now for nature and people…”


While the new policy may seem bold on paper, the idea that trees can sue people seems a bit odd to many, the report said. While we wonder exactly how this will happen, Council Member Mar explains:

The law stipulates that nature’s rights should be taken into account when vegetation is pruned or destroyed. Permission is also required for the management of shrubbery in fire-hazardous areas, but vegetable gardens and crops are excluded from the list.


On the other hand, the initiative was undoubtedly not welcomed by everyone. From the Institute of Public Relations, Dr. In a statement to the newspaper, Bella d’Abrera described the idea as “weird” and accused her council of caring more about flora than people.

“Unfortunately, strange ideas like these imagined in universities have important ramifications, especially when it comes to bushfire season,” D’Abrera told the Herald Sun.