Speciesism?

English Lamb, Prior To SlaughterWe’ve all heard of sexism, racism and religious discrimination, but how many of you have ever heard of speciesism? What does it even mean? The spell checker in my blog writer doesn’t know the word, it suggests specialism, which is strangely ironic. Let me explain why I want you to know.

Speciesism is the act of assigning varying rights and considerations to creatures, including ourselves, based on the species to which they belong. It is an old idea, we are told that God put animals on the Earth for the use of man, and god, we have been using, or misusing them ever since.

You will know that apart from being Buddhist, I am also vegan. I refuse to eat any product that is part of, or has come from any other living being. So no meat or fish, no milk, cheese or eggs and nothing that contains any of these either.

A little like being Buddhist in a predominantly Christian country, being vegan is definitely considered to be swimming against the tide. We are all told, right from childhood, that food from animals, lamb, beef, pork, milk, cheese, the list is endless, is good for us. In fact, when I was at junior school, I was the class milk monitor.

Sadly, we weren’t told the whole story, as you may have read in previous posts. What we were never told as children, was how cows become beef, baby sheep become lamb, pigs become pork, or how the chickens who laid our breakfast eggs where kept in disgusting conditions, and still are.

We hear about Animal Rights groups, usually when they have committed some illegal act in their quest to release animals from scientific establishments or disrupting whale or fox hunting. But they are right.

Just because we have learned to use our large brains to develop societies around which we can farm animals, doesn’t make it right. Animals, as members of the family of Earth dwelling beings, have just as much right to be here, and exist in peace, as we do.

Other people can, and have put the case far more eruditely than I possibly can in this post, so please can you take the time to watch the video Earthlings. Be aware, it is not for the faint hearted.  It will shock and quite likely disgust you, but if it makes you think about our fellow creatures and maybe change your lifestyle, even a little, as a result, it will be worth your suffering.

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. WisconZen
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 04:48:02

    Great post! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Indrajit Rathore
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 12:29:54

    thanks (tears) for that horrific exposure of brutality towards animals – I myself became a vegetarian after a visit to a ‘modern’ poultry farm – seeing the film EARTHLINGS an alien visiting this planet might well conclude that the species Homo Sapien exibits traits that can only be described as Monstrous from the nethermost hells of ones imagination – while we are all culpable for tolerating such barbarity those directly engaged in the slaughtering, and ‘research’ must be people who have no souls and a blemish on humanity and mankind – it is a little solace for me that in India the vast majority are vegetarian and birds never fear man and come as close as within hand’s reach everywhere one goes – As I believe in reincarnation and Karma I strongly believe that the butchers of the butcheries get reborn as animals or fowls to experience the horrors that they have inflicted – alas even after the Holocaust there are numerous Hitlers on our sad planet – I also believe that the meat of a tortured animal has hidden toxicity induced by pain which must impart pain in some form eventually on the consumer – witness the ‘humane’ killing of prey by most predators where life is quickly extinguished – we need to learn from them if we must consume flesh.

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    • Anupadin
      Jan 27, 2014 @ 15:34:06

      It is truly horrific, the acts that humans are capable of, and all having a good excuse behind them, in the mind of the perpetrators at least. It almost makes one believe in evil as an entity, almost. Namaste ~ Anupadin

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      • Indrajit Rathore
        Jan 27, 2014 @ 16:13:47

        there is nothing more evil than inflicting horrendous cruelty on living sentient beings no matter what the explanation – those images in the film deserve the law to ACT and punish the crimes of the perpetrators who are a shame on the name of mankind, proving finally that we may indeed be worse than animals in our degeneration – mark you, nature will never tolerate this and if we go on the death knell of our species may be sounded in ways we will never understand – but can we be surprised with all the mystic understandings we claim ( hypocrisy/), cerebral achievements and all – when will we get civilized to create a law that forbids and punishes such acts of inhuman (hehe) acts? Guru nanak of the sikh faith said ”do not O man kill to consume for nutrition, do not o man, that which you are not even able to create”. – and i wonder who said that fish dont have feelings – i keep fish in an aquarium, and National Geographic has shown how dolphins and whales among others have feelings similar to our own – how then can we dismiss even fish from the category of beings requiring utmost empathy and sensitive concern? – alas man you will never learn till you are fitfully reprimanded for eating the forbidden fruit of arrogance and self righteousness – the scenes you showed of beastly slaughter should be shown on all major television channels – mind you i have nothing against consumption of meat – cats, hawks lions and all meat eating animals can only be sustained by eating and killing to eat – that is nature’s sanction – but it is the manner of killing to eat that is abhorent – and man really takes the cake in having no respect for nature’s laws – can you dwell a little philosophically on the nature of predatory animals when compared to the human predator from buddhist or any other philosophical source – for i confess i am a little confused – what of the cat that mercilessly plays with its victim sadistically or the Hyena that tears its victim limb from limb eating it while it is still alive – of course they have no presumption of understanding what the victim suffers as we with our cerebral understanding do – do help in throwing some light on that

  3. Indrajit Rathore
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 16:26:53

    furthermore, I am surprised that despite the ‘likes’ there are no comments beyond mine – or maybe it is because no one really cared to see that film, or noticed your invitation to see EARTHLINGS – would you be so kind then sir to make the invitation to see that film more compelling??

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    • Anupadin
      Jan 27, 2014 @ 16:39:07

      I know that at least a further 4 people have viewed the film, they have called me personally to talk about it. The link is also being promoted on FB vegan groups, and I plan to ‘dare’ meat eaters to watch it from my personal FB page. Feel free to share it from your own sites too. Namaste ~ Anupadin

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