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.

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. To combat speciesism and work toward justice for sentient nonhumans, we must change our minds, our language and our behavior.

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On "Pets" and "Its"

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Steve Best on The Left's Ignorance of Cognitive Ethology

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Tags: Activism Current Affairs Language animal rights Culture Ecology Ethology speciesism The Left veganism

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On a Replacement for "Bullshit"

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Does it perpetuate linguistic-based speciesism? Any thoughts on the speciesism or un-veganness of "bullshit"? Here's an e-mail from a linguistics junkie for your consideration. Is using the word "bullshit" un-vegan? Ditto with horseshit, chickenshit, dogshit -- they're speciesist by default, if not always used in a speciesiest context. I never associate the word with actually shit from a bull. we need new words that are cut free from exploitation.

On "Discarded" Greyhounds

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On the Banning of Eating Cats and Dogs in China

Animal Person

It seems like the answer to most questions/responses to most issues is one of these: Speciesism. Yes, it is hypocritical (speciesism), but who said that we either protect humans or animals?

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On ANIMAL EQUALITY, by Joan Dunayer

Animal Person

And now that I've read Animal Equality and begun Speciesism , I think I know why. A handful Animal Person readers since May of 2006, when I started this then-daily blog, have asked me if I've read Joan Dunayer.

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On Food for the Soul

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I suppose speciesism/human exceptionalism is at the heart of the matter. The New York Times ' Nicholas D. Kristof frustrates me. His passion and compassion for humans is immense, but he appears to have some kind of mental block with nonhuman animals. He comes so close to grasping the concept of justice based on sentience, but his thinking is all muddled by tradition and culture.

On the Land Grant University Meat Problem

Animal Person

A key reason RPA's 10,000 Years Is Enough campaign to get our universities out of the meat industry "exemplifies animal rights advocacy" -- as scholar & author Joan Dunayer put it her important book Speciesism -- is that people cannot understand basic autonomy rights applied to nonhuman animals without a critical perceptual shift, and it is universities' responsibility to provide the knowledge that makes basic change possible.

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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.

Deconstructing Slate's "Pepper" Series

Animal Person

This one addresses the decreasing number of dogs and cats being experimented on and, without mentioning it, discusses speciesism and our affection for dogs--pet dogs particularly (and especially purebreds)--which leads to our revulsion with the idea of snatching, vivisecting and killing them.

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. To suppose otherwise would be a form of kingdomism, no different in principle from the speciesism, racism, and sexism that this argument condemns.

John Benson on Peter Singer's Argument

Animal Ethics

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). Singer's supreme principle is that all sentient beings are entitled to equal consideration of their interests. A being has interests if it is capable of suffering and enjoyment.

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 1 of 13

Animal Ethics

It would be argued that to suppose that a bird’s life is less valuable than a human life is a form of speciesism, a doctrine of prejudice analogous to racism and sexism. Michael Martin is a professor of philosophy at Boston University. He is the author of several books, including Atheism: A Philosophical Justification (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1990) and The Case Against Christianity (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1991).