Speciesism, like sexism and racism, is an oppressive belief system in which those with the most power draw boundaries to justify using or excluding their fellow beings for personal gain. Bigotry begins when categories such as race, sex, sexual orientation, or species, for example, are used to justify discrimination against entire groups.
Many humans consider themselves entirely different from and superior to other animals, which lays the foundation for exploiting them.
Of course, all animals are different, but we have important similarities, too. We’re all able to experience feelings such as love, sadness, pain, and joy. And we all want to live. Just because humans have the ability to enslave and exploit others and ignore their suffering doesn’t mean it’s morally OK to do so.
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What You Can Do
Animals exist for their own reasons—they’re not here for us to eat, wear, experiment on, or use them for entertainment. We owe it to them not to allow our consumer choices to fund those who abuse them. We are all animals, so let’s start giving other species the respect that they deserve.
Together, we can create a society that allows all individuals to live free from exploitation.
Check out our inspirational campaign, Like You, Only Different, to learn more about animal intelligence and how you can help stop companies from exploiting other animals.