@Regrann from @openyourhearts - Credit: @veganforlifenz 🍃
When you say that you're entitled to fundamental rights because you're human, doesn't it seem like there's something missing? How would you explain the origin of those rights, beyond simply attributing them to your humanity? What exactly is the logical connection between the fact that you're human and the fact that you have the right to life, the right to be free from torture and, above all, the right not to be enslaved? I know these are questions which have been debated by philosophers for a long time, but there's a really simple, intuitive way to answer them.
I have the right to live because I want to live.
I have the right to be free from torture because I feel pain.
I have the right not to be enslaved because I'm NOT an object.
In other words, my most basic rights are all derived from the mere fact that I am sentient. Well, guess what? Humans are not the only sentient beings on this planet. Those animals whose exploitation, torture and slaughter you choose to fund every day are sentient too. Why should they be denied those rights which you believe yourself to be entitled to? How can you justify the enslavement of those beings by simply claiming they're not human? You can't. Speciesism cannot be justified.
Claiming that you have fundamental rights simply because you're human is very convenient, but it's arbitrary, just as it would be arbitrary for me to attribute my rights to the color of my skin or to my nationality. Once you understand that the most important of your "human" rights are actually connected to your sentience, speciesism reveals itself for what it is: a toxic, morally abhorrent belief which underpins the biggest system of oppression this world has ever seen. You should reject speciesism for the same reason why you should reject racism, sexism, xenophobia, heterosexism or any other form of discrimination – and that means, at the very least, going vegan.
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