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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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In the marginalisation of animals with a speciesist attitude, the assumed superiority of human beings over other species as part of the humanistic thought in collaboration with the anthropocentric approach plays a significant role.
We enjoy the arguments among vegans, for instance--especially when they discuss being speciesist themselves.
Such language may sound strange to many, but this is because words shape us, and the dominant linguistic paradigm is deeply speciesist in nature.
Journal of Qur'anic Studies 12 [2010]: 167-87), who raises well-reasoned objections to the speciesist reading of this word, unquestioningly adopted in the above IEQ entry.
Since the 1980s, scholars have been reading English literature and other world literature according to the anthropocentric, ecophobic, and speciesist projects that humans embarked upon in deadly earnest in the period of modernity beginning in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.
1) What these writers emphasize in their ecofeminist projects is that the widespread speciesist dismissal of the belief (and evidence for the belief) that nonhuman species possess language, knowledge, capacity for suffering, and ability to empathize with members of their own species as well as members of other than their own species, is ideologically linked to the subordination and oppression of women and violence against women under patriarchal conceptual frameworks and institutions.
euro]e arrogance of Mr Walker and his specist/ speciesist belief ill behoves him - stating that murder is specic to people and to killing imprisoned, sentient animals.
This humanist subjectivity, fueled precisely by the likeness / difference paradigm, fails to acknowledge the uniqueness of animal species and individuals, for it only assimilates the 'other' on account of kinship to humans, hence redistributing different species "within our ethical consideration, but ultimately refraining from imploding the speciesist structure itself, whereby there will always be some species at the bottom and more privileged ones at the top.
State Violence and the Execution of Law addresses the formidable task of diagnosing the relationship between state violence and law through an analysis of the speciesist and racialised histories of the ways in which the techniques and procedures of state law and violence are intertwined and how they function in our time in the war against terror.
Thus Victor Frankenstein's creation, a murderous 'monster' made from discarded slaughterhouse parts and 'already once alienated', may be seen as less destructive and, indeed, more 'human' than his (carnivorous) human creator, an ironic twist that threatens meat-eating hierarchies and challenges the speciesist order of human-animal relations.
Highlighting the ways in which non-speakers challenged speciesist, racist and ableist hierarchies, Esmail covers a vast amount of material in this chapter, including analyses of the following: the intersections between indigenous American gestural language and American deaf signs; the transatlantic public battle over evolution between philologists F.
A form, for instance, that would not respond to--in modal terms that is, that wouldn't have to respond to--a problem of transmissibility inscribing the transmission and the transmissible productivity of a humanistic tradition in the very possibility of its betrayal by another tradition, by another form of expenditures (R&D for instance), or even by another species or other speciesist claims.