The word speciesist comes from speciesism, which is the assumption that you as a human are superior to animals.
Being speciesist separates you from the innate connection you share with the world. You and every animal, plant, and other life forms have something in common—you share life together on this planet.
Here are four legitimate reasons to stop being speciesist.
1. Animals Have Feelings
If you’ve ever had a pet, you know that animals have feelings.
They feel pain and sorrow. They feel excitement and joy. Many thrive with companions, others love to be solitary. You don’t need to be a scientist to recognize and understand that these majestic creatures feel.
Animals feel scared. They feel threatened. They feel happy and loved. Although you can’t always communicate to an animal how you’re feeling with words, you can by your actions.
2. We Are Not Superior
Ok seriously, how are you superior to some of the most beautiful and intelligent creatures on this planet? This turtle has been around for 150 million years and can hold its breath for five hours.
Your ancestors existed for what, 6 million years and you can eat a Big Mac? Big woop.
How can we be superior to other life forms when we all share the same life and planet? When you become conscious of the life that you are, you realize that you are superior to nothing and to no one. You are one with all life. We are not superior.
3. Become Conscious of Your Impact
When you stop being speciesist, you begin to understand more about your impact on the world.
If you are not superior, you must be the same. If you are the same, then how can you show such disregard for a life that you share with other species?
Recognize that others are impacted by your presence. The planet is impacted by your presence. Forget about being better or more or superior, be one. Realize how huge your impact is and what a difference you can make simply by shifting your worldview and making a conscious choice not to support animal torture.
4. Create a Better World
You don’t need to be in a position of power to make an impact.
For example, the food you buy. Where is it coming from? Is it from places that treated their animals with love and care? Is it from a place that began dismembering the animal before it was even dead?
The purchases you make have a huge impact on the planet. The realization that you are no better than other life forms changes the way you perceive and interact with the world. We can make a better world when we stop being speciesist.
Are You Speciesist?
Since we have a right to be humans, animals have a right to be animals too. Even bugs. Are you speciesist? Let’s find out:
- Do you discriminate against other life forms that you perceive to be lower than you?
- Do you smash beetles or spiders when you see them for no reason?
- Do you never stop to pick up worms when they absently crawl onto pavement and sidewalks after a healthy rain?
- Do you buy products that were tested on animals?
- Do you think it’s totally fine to torture and kill animals for the sake of pharmaceutical products?
- Do you believe that animals were made for people?
- Do you believe it’s ok for animals to be used for entertainment purposes?
If you answered yes to four or more of these questions, you are probably speciesist. Being speciesist is being prejudiced against other life forms.
Why should we treat animals differently? Why should we discriminate against different kinds of animals? People also have a right to their opinions, but consider how you impact others and the planet.
Give animals a little leniency. Be aware of your behavior as well as the animal’s behavior. I get that some people have had bad experiences with animals that they testify to. I’m just saying that we shouldn’t be so quick to judge and we should love and accept all animals and creatures without smashing them upon first sight or assuming they’re aggressive without giving them a chance.
Wouldn’t you do the same with people?