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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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Privilege of domination

The socially-sanctioned and often even legally-protected prerogative of one group to exert arbitrary control over members of another group, often in the context of some widespread form of exploitation. This term helps distinguish those forms of domination that are socially deviant, such as kidnapping and confining another citizen, from those that receive broad support. For example, during the era of human slavery in the US, especially in slaveholding states, the utter domination of enslaved people was considered "normal" and was protected under the law. Similarly, the use and killing of animals for many purposes is now legally protected and for the most part socially-accepted, making this situation one of inherent privilege for those in the dominant group. In many cases, the privilege of domination is the gateway to financial gain through exploitation of those being dominated, as in the case of human exploitation of nonhuman animals.

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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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