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World Day Against Speciesism

Written by PETA | June 4, 2010

How do you plan to observe the third-annual World Day Against Speciesism on June 5? The day is designed to remind people that speciesism, like racism and sexism, has no place in a civilized society. Prejudice toward animals is no more acceptable than prejudice toward humans.

If a person truly believes that kindness is a virtue, how could it be possible to justify scalding chickens alive, forcing chemicals down rats’ throats, keeping elephants in chains, or electrocuting foxes and stripping off their fur—all simply because they’re “just animals”?

Animals are made of flesh, bone, and blood, just as you and I are. They feel pain and joy, just as we do; they form friendships, grieve for lost loved ones, communicate with one another, raise families, and use tools. But whether or not they are “like us,” they deserve respect, compassion, and empathy. In the words of philosopher Jeremy Bentham, “The question is not, ‘Can they reason?’ nor, ‘Can they talk?’ but, ‘Can they suffer?'”

If you need ideas for honoring World Day Against Speciesism, please check out PETA’s Web sites listed above or visit our Action Center. Any one—or two or three—of the suggested actions will make a difference!

Written by Heather Moore

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  • Sally Jay says:

    I love all animals there are many cruel disgusting humans on this planet but there are NO CRUEL DISGUSTING animals on this planet. What a wonderful world it would be if it got rid off all those cruel greedy humans. PEACE AT LAST

  • Saucy says:

    Wht a beautiful beautiful poem Christina. Cafe Press anyone?

  • christina says:

    From beasts we scorn as soulless In forest field and den A cry goes up to witness the soullessness of men! One of the greatest poems ever written!

  • Aneliese says:

    Speciesism is why I began being an animal advocate I don’t see why some species should be more important than others. Almost everywhere I know thinks I made the word speciesist up.