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May 24, 2007
New Speciesist Advocacy
http://speciesism.wordpress.com/2007/05/05/new-speciesist-advocacy/


New Speciesist advocacy demands personhood for particular nonhumans- usually those exhibiting human like traits or genetic closeness to humans. When this happens, like with the Great Ape Project, speciesism is perpetuated.

Dunayer takes an interesting term when addressing the idea of endangered species. She says we violate the principle of equal consideration of individuals when we give members of endangered species greater moral consideration than members of highly populous species. This is a somewhat troubling, or potentially troubling line of thought. While I understand her motivations, I also think that from an environmental and long term perspective it is reaaallly important to keep species from being annihilated in the mean time, before we acheive liberation. I bet though that there are ways to give endangered species protections which don’t infringe upon any others except for humans. It does make sense that we need to be conscious of how we go about this. If we are dismissive of populous groups they will one day be in the hot seat of being endangered thanks to years of dismissal and inconsideration.

It is ok to fight for one cause because it would be easier to acheive rights for the relative few than for the many- as long as your arguments aren’t speciesist and you aren’t arguing for one group at another animals’ expense. Don’t make it harder for others down the line.

This sort of advocacy is not promoting that non humans share in power, but rather that they be protected/shielded from it.

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