Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Human intolerance or discrimination on the basis of species, especially as manifested by cruelty to or exploitation of animals.

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  • n. An ethical stance that assigns different worth or rights to beings on the basis of their species membership, such as assigning vastly different rights to animals and to humans.

Etymologies

1975, species +‎ -ism. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In Animal Liberation, Singer argues against what he calls speciesism: discrimination on the grounds that a being belongs to a certain species.

    rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

  • In Animal Liberation\, Singer argues against what he calls speciesism\: discrimination on the grounds that a being belongs to a certain species.

    rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

  • His own personal ethics, yes, they call it "speciesism".

    Dawkins, Hussein, and ALF

  • But there's a lot more to the 43-year-old Miller, who calls himself a "recovering suburbanite," an anarchist and has an anti-capitalist Web site promoting "veganism" and denouncing "speciesism" - the belief that humans are the dominant species and can do whatever they want to animals.

    KansasCity.com: Front Page

  • As pointed up in several articles about this phenomenon, including by Dr. Pepperberg, any time experimental evidence is presented of animal learning and cognition, those who are invested utterly in "speciesism" thanks Dr. Singer simply move the bar or redefine what "intelligence" is.

    February 2010

  • If, as isn't unlikely given his views on "speciesism", Dawkins rules out animal research on ethical grounds, then he doesn't see prevention of animal research as "destruction of research"; just as he wouldn't see an ethics committee's refusal to permit vivisection of a human as "destruction of research".

    Dawkins, Hussein, and ALF

  • "If, as isn't unlikely given his views on" speciesism ", Dawkins rules out animal research on ethical grounds"

    Dawkins, Hussein, and ALF

  • His 1960s manifestos got the whole thing going by drawing attention to the negative treatment animals have historically received at human hands, and he introduced the term "speciesism," a curiously SFnal concept.

    Current Affairs

  • She is in favor of women's rights, and to some extent in favor of animals rights, too, but she thinks certain terms like "speciesism" is stupid, because it means that we can't prefer our own children to cockroaches.

    Coffeehouse and vlog.

  • But he also using fallacious concepts like 'speciesism' to downgrade humanity and provide intellectual ballast who for those who prefer children dying of leukemia to rabbits dying in their sleep.

    Dawkins Still Won't Defend Science

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