Twitter’s Stand Against Hate Speech Wins PETA’s Anti-Speciesism Support

Published by PETA.

Today, PETA responded to Twitter’s call for feedback on a proposed new policy that would prohibit users from posting tweets containing “dehumanizing language” with a letter wholeheartedly endorsing the policy, but for two reasons, not one.

PETA notes that using expressions that suggest that humans are superior and that it’s somehow demeaning to be compared to nonhuman animals—who live complex, meaningful lives without soiling the environment or waging wars—is supremacist and speciesist. To attempt to disparage fellow human beings by calling them “a pig” or “a snake,” for example, has repercussions that extend far beyond the hurtful intention of the words. This language normalizes violence against nonhuman individuals and desensitizes otherwise decent humans to their suffering.

“The words we choose and the way we phrase things influence how humans and nonhumans are regarded and treated,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “Given that it’s a biological fact that we are all animals, PETA urges people to stop using language that denigrates others who happen not to be human, and we commend Twitter for doing the same.”

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind