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 (spē′shē-zĭz′əm, -sē-)
Intolerance or discrimination on the basis of species, especially as manifested by cruelty to or exploitation of animals by humans.

spe′cies·ist′ adj. & n.


(Environmental Science) a belief of humans that all other species of animals are inferior and may therefore be used for human benefit without regard to the suffering inflicted
[C20: from species + -ism]
ˈspeciesist adj
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Thus, vegetarian ecofeminists have used a variety of feminist structural analyses to show that speciesism is integral to both feminist and ecofeminist theories.
The neglect and abuse of these rights is seen by authors such as Singer as a form of speciesism.
Bodies such as the Wildlife Trust and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds should stop this blatant speciesism and leave the ruddy ducks alone.
13) Social ills such as racism, sexism, nationalism, caste-ism, and speciesism arise because souls falsely identify with their temporary bodies.
Nurturance without consistency prioritizes care toward "one's own" and "shades into racism, nationalism, tribalism, or speciesism -- in short, into fascism" (p.
This is the heart of Singer's argument against speciesism.
For her, personality implies anthropomorphism and even speciesism, the dangerous doctrine that people are more precious than other forms of life.
They "barely mention what is the most important emerging property of Western interest systems," says Schmitter, "namely, the explosion of activity on the part of organizations that claim to represent `causes' and `rights': feminism, consumerism, environmentalism, pacificism, vegetarianism, animal protectionism, ethnicism (and sometimes, racism), familism, communitarianism, speciesism, and so forth" (170).
Articles illustrate the connections between women and animals in diverse ways, such as the following: women-battering and animals; hunting; pornography and hunting; abortion and animal-rights; farming practices; and, the junction between speciesism, racism and nationalism.
Carol Adams continues the critique begun in her first book, The Sexual Politics of Meat (1990), in which she argued that speciesism and sexism are "interlocked" forms of oppression; hence, vegetarianism is the necessary counterpart of any true feminism, and "corpse eating," the consumption of meat, is the most egregious of all forms of animal exploitation.
Yet the tension in this textual reencoding of species enables the reader to problematize the process of zoomorphesis, to learn from the humans' unintentional hypocrisy and speciesism.
Ryder, Animal Revolution: Changing Attitudes Towards Speciesism (Basil Blackwell, 1989), pp.