On SPECIESISM, by Joan Dunayer

Animal Person

I finally read SPECIESISM , by Joan Dunayer, which was published a couple of years after ANIMAL EQUALITY , which I wrote about a couple of weeks ago. Hunters kill members of endangered species.

SPECIESISM, by Joan Dunayer, Part Deux

Animal Person

I realize that in writing about "old speciesism" I failed to define this term that Dunayer uses. I think of "old speciesism" as analogous to racism and sexism in that it is exploitation based on species. The advocacy component of old speciesism isn't the campaign to end that exploitation, however. Here are some of the my favorite quotes: In reality, species don't evolve toward greater humanness but toward greater adaptiveness in their ecological niche (105).

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Steve Best on The Left's Ignorance of Cognitive Ethology

Animal Person

In each case, "rational man" had to rethink human identity ¯ his species identity common to all other humans, or rather, all those counted as "human" and as part of the valuer´s community. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Language animal rights Culture Ecology Ethology speciesism The Left veganism Steve Best's verbal presentation of his ideas sometimes irks me. It's over-the-top, for me, and I often resent the time I must spend working through the ranting.

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Dogs as Smart as 2-yr-old Kids

Animal Person

When I saw the Live Science article about dogs being as smart as 2-year-old kids I knew that if there were any talk of ranking, my beloved greyhounds would be at the less-desirable end of the list (not from personal experience, but from reputation), and I also knew that there would be a whiff of speciesism. Because when you compare two species, or rather a nonhuman animal species to the human animal, the humans almost always come out on top.

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 7 of 13

Animal Ethics

The Argument from Speciesism If there is some doubt whether the arguments from monkeys and from glass walls should be considered moral arguments, there can be no doubt about the moral import of the argument from speciesism. Just as racism and sexism are to be morally condemned, so is speciesism. Animal species per se is not a morally relevant distinction. But is species suicide really necessary?

John Benson on Peter Singer's Argument

Animal Ethics

Equal interests must be equally respected, without regard to the species of the creatures whose interests they are. One may treat two creatures differently because one is less sensitive than the other to some kind of suffering, but two equally sensitive creatures may not be treated differently merely because they belong to different species. To treat the dog's pain as less important because it is a dog not a man is speciesism (a nasty word for a nasty thing).