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Speciesism is a termed coined by animal rights advocate Richard Ryder, who defined it as “a prejudice or attitude of bias in favour of the interests of members of one’s own species and against those of members of other species.”
It is based upon the assumption that humans are superior to other animals, and that we have a right to use them for our own purposes. It also applies to our arbitrary division of species: we love dogs, but eat cows; we care for our cats, but kill and consume pigs.
Speciesism presumes that humans determine the value of other sentient beings. In some cultures, cows are holy, while in others, they are viewed as “food animals”. In other cultures, dolphins are hunted and eaten, which others cultures view as barbaric. These distinctions we draw have nothing to do with the inherent value of the animals themselves.
Even in our valuing of animals we call “pets” over those we deem to be “food animals,” we are still defining their value (negative or positive) by what they can provide us, rather than recognizing the inherent value of all living beings.
The rights of all beings do not depend upon our recognition of them. They are intrinsic. And their value is not defined by their benefit to us.
Speciesism is the oldest form of discrimination on this planet. An increasing body of research indicates it is strongly linked to other forms of prejudice and oppression.
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