In our very first blog post of 2019, we talked about speciesism--discrimination against other individuals based on which species they were born. It’s not always easy to decipher how exactly we can go about removing speciesist tendencies from our everyday lives, but thinking about the language we use--and what we say before we say it--can help us move away from exploiting animals and raise awareness about their wants and needs.
We all must continue to unlearn the prejudice of speciesism that we have been taught our entire lives. An excellent way to unlearn speciesism is by learning anti-speciesist language.
We could blab on, but how about we just let you watch this awesome video from challengespeciesism.com
Because it is ingrained in our society, it can be difficult to unlearn speciesist language, but it’s not impossible! Here are some common phases that we have reworked to be friendly to all species!
These are only a few examples of how we can start changing our language to help individuals of all species. If you can think of another term and a way to replace it to not be speciesist, let us know at email@example.com
Speciesist language exists in more than just phrases. It’s calling someone a pig when you want to call them disgusting, or calling someone a snake when you want to call them deceitful or untrustworthy. Pigs are not disgusting and snakes are not deceitful--those traits are simply what humans have decided to label those groups as, in order to remove the individual. When we do not see an animal as an individual, it is easier to exploit them.
Be sure to check out challengespeciesism.com for other helpful videos about unlearning speciesist language!