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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.
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(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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Editor-in-chief Stephen Meyer and guest editor Rachel Mundy explain that "to teach ecomusicology is to teach through and with critical approaches to anti-speciesism, antiracism, anti-sexism, anti-homophobia, and anti-xenophobia." The issue features four research articles, two reports and practices, and three reviews.
In fact, in the philosopher Peter Singers edited volume In Defense of Animals, Tom Regan persuasively argues in that this anti-speciesism movement, rather than undercutting the case for human rights, is actually aligned and consistent with support for the dignified treatment of humans as well.
To arrive at this formulation, he provides a thorough review of relevant literature, particularly of the anti-speciesism critique, which takes its vantage point from the Darwinian argument that, biologically speaking, there is no essential threshold marking the difference between humans and other animals.