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    The basis for peace is respecting all creatures. We know we cannot be kind to animals until we stop exploiting them -- exploiting animals in the name of science, exploiting animals in the name of sport, exploiting animals in the name of fashion, and yes, exploiting animals in the name of food.

Cesar Chavez, American Civil Rights Activist

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Speciesism (coined by British psychologist Richard Ryder in 1973) refers to an attitude of superiority or domination that is acted upon in a way that oppresses the members of a group--in this case, nonhuman animals. It would be considered speciesist, for example, to say that the desire for the taste of animal flesh is justification enough for humans to take the lives of other animals, who are viewed as having no inherent worth or reason for being beyond their use to humans. Speciesism, as with racism, often involves a failure to recognize that others have a right to such things as respect, bodily integrity, and freedom from confinement.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Given that we domesticated these animals, doesn’t that give us the right to use them?

What about indigenous people who kill and eat animals, but do so in a way that respects the animal's spirit?

My religious tradition doesn't forbid killing and eating animals, so that makes it okay, doesn’t it?

Conscientious objection
Non-violent social change
Path of conscience
Privilege of domination
Values-based activism


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