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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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Is he/she sexist, ageist, racist, speciesist, lookist?
Living consistently with my values means working toward creating fair food systems that challenge a speciesist mindset that perpetuates domination, control, and violence toward animals who suffer like us.
In this and in countless other ways, Reclus clashed directly with the conservative and deeply speciesist moral codes of the society in which he lived (Clark and Martin, 2004, p33).
They are also postcolonial in their identification of this dominance as both a cultural and a speciesist imperialism.
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.
This reading of Buddhism is in accord with arguments by scholars such as Paul Waldau who maintains that Buddhism is a speciesist tradition, including only human animals within a moral community that excludes other types of animals (38).
The next section of this article reviews the critical research published to date on the role think tanks have so far played in shaping public opinion and policies on three narratives favoring inequality: the contrarianist climate discourse, the austerity discourse, and the speciesist discourse.
Some argue that to avoid attributing "higher" characteristics to distantly related animals because it is speciesist and anthropocentric may not be justified (Gosling, 2001).
An approach to habitat protection based upon protecting the interests sentient beings have in their environment offers stronger protection than existing systems, and is morally preferable to ignoring those interests on speciesist grounds.
We enjoy the arguments among vegans, for instance--especially when they discuss being speciesist themselves.
Rippin views the fact that IEQ did not include human beings in its discussion of animals in the Qur'an as a "speciesist" offence (p.