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  • Jul
  • 15

PC for ‘Pets’

Posted by at 8:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (5)

Oops! Excuse me—companion animals. Words can be weapons. The words we choose and how we use them underline or undermine our arguments for the rights of animals. Never say “it” when referring to an animal. Always use “his” or “her,” even if you aren’t sure of gender. After all, you can’t always lift up the […]

  • Feb
  • 13

Speciesism and Social Justice

Posted by at 3:06 AM | Permalink | No Comments

It’s common to see comparisons where an animal’s intelligence is measured against that of a human. To some, the nonhuman animal’s own, innate intelligence and sentience is not sufficient and is considered only relevant as it compares to our own. Quite the self-preservation strategy for humans, isn’t it? Would we as a species ever really […]

  • Apr
  • 18

Trayvon Martin Case Reminds Us: Never Be Silent

Posted by at 9:43 AM | Permalink | Comments (4)

With George Zimmerman’s upcoming trial in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, the role that racism may have played in this incident will continue to be a heated topic of debate. And while these discussions may be uncomfortable, they should be welcomed since only by bringing prejudices to light do we have any hope of […]

  • Feb
  • 22

Are Speciesists Stupid?

Posted by at 3:34 PM | Permalink | Comments (8)
Are speciests stupid?

Excuse me for stating the obvious, but racists are dumb. That’s not just my opinion. It’s the conclusion of a provocative new study published in the journal Psychological Science. Gordon Hodson, a psychologist at Brock University in Ontario, and his colleagues found that children with low intelligence are more likely to grow up to be […]

  • Dec
  • 29

Speciesism: Anti-Animal Bias

Posted by at 6:48 AM | Permalink | Comments (22)

Recently, I’ve been thinking about how entrenched the use and abuse of animals really is. From grocery stores to clothing to the very words we speak, evidence of bias against animals is everywhere. Speciesism is the belief that humans are superior to other animals, used as a justification for any kind of discrimination against nonhuman […]

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