“Truely man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds theirs. We live by the death of others: we are burial places! I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look on the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.” – Leonardo da Vinci
Deckard: All right, I’m going to ask you a series of questions. Just relax and answer them as simply as you can. — It’s your birthday. Someone gives you a calfskin wallet.
Rachael: I wouldn’t accept it. Also, I’d report the person who gave it to me to the police.
Deckard: You’ve got a little boy. He shows you his butterfly collection plus the killing jar.
Rachael: I’d take him to the doctor.
excerpt from the script “Blade Runner” based on the book
“Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”
“If I could make everyone in the world see one film, I’d make them see Earthlings” – Professor Peter Singer
David Nibert seeks to expand the field of sociology “in order to understand how social arrangements create oppressive conditions for both humans and other animals”. He compares speciesism to racism and sexism.
Speciesism is the assigning of different values or rights to beings on the basis of their species membership. The term was created by British psychologist Richard D. Ryder in 1973 to denote a prejudice against non-humans based on physical differences that are given moral value.
“I use the word ‘speciesism’,” he wrote in 1975, “to describe the widespread discrimination that is practised by man against other species … Speciesism is discrimination, and like all discrimination it overlooks or underestimates the similarities between the discriminator and those discriminated against.”