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"Speciesism, in applied ethics and the philosophy of animal rights, the practice of treating members of one species as morally more important than members of other species; also, the belief that this practice is justified. "
- Encyclopaedia Britannica
Coined in 1970 by Richard Ryder, the term has recently made an increasing appearance in the media mainly thanks to animal rights activists. It has roughly two forms:
i) the notion that humans are superior to other animal species
ii) assigning different moral values to different non-human animal species based, e.g., on how closely related they are to us
The antispecism movement argues that forms of specism are morally unjustifiable. Some even compare this to other forms of discrimination like racism or sexism. Veganism can be considered a (radical) application of antispecism, although I'm not entirely sure just how much the two relate to each other. Either way, I thought this might be an interesting topic to discuss, especially since it concerns us all, as individuals as well as a society.
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