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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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Davidson's ecofeminist commentary on chauvinist and racist stereotypes of women and Aboriginal Australians parallels her observations of people's reductive speciesist assumptions about an animal that was introduced to Australia as a service animal but later abandoned.
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.
17) I do not think that these concerns, although true in some cases, show that Buddhism is speciesist, unless speciesism means that animals and humans should be treated identically.
Like the concept of human dignity, however, an analytic framework that starts with the human body could be problematic because it perpetuates a perspective on personhood that is speciesist in nature.
being that speciesist assumptions condone such blindness.
Years ago, Peter Singer argued that our treatment of animals was based on speciesist attitudes, i.
My goal in this essay is to defend a speciesist attitude or outlook on morality.
I hold that all living beings have interests, as evidenced by their efforts to flourish and survive, and to disregard these interests would be arrogant, self-serving and speciesist.
By comparing the relationship that Wells and Brin, respectively, have to the feminist critique of science, I argue that, despite Brin's explicit desire to present humans and animals as equals, his failure to question the speciesist assumptions that have shaped Western science and metaphysics undermines the ability of his work to achieve this goal.
teleological centres of life, processes and products of evolution, have interests of their own--whether conscious or not), then all have intrinsic value, all have it equally, and any claims that humans have more of it or humans have it and others do not are purely speciesist or anthropocentric biases.
Moreover, in spite of the current popular view that Buddhist has a kinder, gentler view of nature, and that its focus is on the interdependence of all beings, it, like Christianity, is rampantly speciesist.
Shortly after the September 2001 terrorist attacks, for example, one Karen Davis, president of an outfit called United Poultry Concerns, took to the pages of Vegan Voice to opine, "I think it is speciesist to think that the September 1 x attack on the World Trade Center was a greater tragedy than what millions of chickens endured that day and what they endure every day because they cannot defend themselves against the concerted human appetites arrayed against them.