Speciesism ?

SOS is the universal symbol for distress.

SOS also stands for a growing youth movement in North America, called ‘Students Opposing Speciesism’.

I confess that I had to research the meaning of speciesism, but I learned that in these days of politician correctness, speciesism is another form of discrimination that we are being asked to avoid.

First coined by Animal Activist Peter Singer, the term refers to the ‘error’ of considering some species more valuable than others. For example, we should not discriminate and say that a dog or cat is more valuable than a frog, or a mouse.

We must be careful, according to SOS, never to use animal names as slurs.

If we rudely call a greedy person a ‘pig’, or a lazy person ‘slothful’, then we are discriminating against pigs and sloths.

According to SOS, backed by PETA, a growing animal rights group, I should feel a constant low-grade sense of shame, since I live on an island that was founded on the cod fishing industry.

Fish have feelings, and have been observed playing. Therefore they should not be eaten, claim animal rights activists.

I remember, however, standing at the site by the sea of Galilee where Jesus made a fish breakfast for his disciples, several of whom were fishermen.

We live in times where animal rights are increasing, while respect for human rights, especially the unborn, and the elderly, is decreasing.

Certainly God expects us to treat his creation with respect.

However, we need to ask whether all the goals of animal activists conform to the Word of God.

Nevertheless, I will remind myself to use the word ‘greedy’, rather than the word ‘piggish’.

The photo is courtesy of Getty Images.

49 thoughts on “Speciesism ?

  1. When I notice myself hunching instead of sitting up straight, I remember what my dearly-departed, farm-raised mother used to say: “Carole, you looked like a hog going to war.” SOS! Poor piggy;-)

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  2. This poor generation, every day some ‘new rules to live by’ fall from the clouds somewhere..and they’d better conform lest they find themselves “cancelled.” No wonder so many suffer from anxiety.

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    1. Yes, Cindy, I totally agree with you.
      Interesting that SOS targets young people between ages 13 and 24.
      For sure, when we make truth relative, anxiety levels are sure to increase.
      Thanks for your comment. 🌼

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      1. The absolute truth is in the divine …
        Life is a balance …
        You see in nature balance and the larger fish ear the smaller ones , the smaller ones eat sea herbs and sea herbs eat from the sea bottom lands and the lands feed from the animal du***…
        There is a cycle and balance …

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      2. Just to mention , it is good to treat people and animals with love and the best we can .
        Just take from nature what is necassary for your food and living for nature to replenish itself and renew life for more sustainability.
        We should give nature back

        Recycling wastes is not only environmentally friendly but also economically feasible, rewarding and more sustainable …
        Β Β  Reduce using non-reusablesΒ  , reuse when possible and recycle …
        Have you heard that plastics can be turned into fuels ?

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  3. I thought about this recently. God made animals with His Word, they materialized on His demand. However, people He formed on purpose out of dirt HE had made already to take care of His creation. And He breathed His breath of life into people and it does not say He did that with animals. An interesting thought. But this is comparing apples to oranges because people who choose the “Speciesism” way of looking at life deny God as Creator in the first place. 😁

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    1. Yes, exactly.
      Ingrid Newkirk, founder of PETA, is an atheist.
      She has great love for animals, but does not recognize their creator. 🌷


  4. β€œWe live in times where animal rights are increasing, while respect for human rights, especially the unborn, and the elderly, is decreasing.” A really good point you make here Sally.
    I understand the need to care for animals but this really sounds silly πŸ™„.

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  5. Wow I had never heard of this! I feel like it boils down to people not focusing correctly on God and worshipping Him. Along with that, typically comes a lack of love for one’s neighbor.

    People are created to worship God, and when they don’t correctly worship Him, they worship something or someone else and get themselves fixated on movements and causes that vary in relevance.

    I totally respect God’s creation. I value human life above other created beings. I’m generally an animal lover. I wouldn’t want to offend anyone, but no… I do not see a horse in the same way I see a cockroach.

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  6. I would debate whether pigs are actually particularly greedy. That pig is adorable. Still, I don’t think that SOS is a particularly large movement (PETA is still widely hated by people). I think there are greater threats to Chrstendom which exist at the moment.

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    1. I often wondered why pigs are stereotyped as being greedy. SOS is a relatively new movement, supported by PETA. I agree with you that there are many threats to Christendom at the moment, but it is good to be aware of what PETA is doing these days. Thanks for your comment. πŸ€—πŸŒ·

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      1. Hi Sally,
        I was raised on a farm and no matter how much you feed them, pigs will run over the top of one another to be the first to the trough, stand on each other and stand in the trough with their hooves all covered with pig doodoo. (They were never truly hungry as my dad was very generous with the feed as he was raising them to sell). When a baby pig or feeder pig dies, before you can get into the pen to remove it, they attack it’s carcass and tear it to shreds and eat it! It’s too dangerous to get into the pen with them when they’re in a frenzy or you’ll be attacked an eaten too! Because my dad didn’t care for the horrible smell of a small pen, He kept a dozen or so pigs at at time in our fenced orchard about 3 acres or so. They had all kinds of room to move around so there was nothing inhumane about their living conditions, but I was always very relieved when Fall came round and they were taken to the farm auction to sell. It didn’t help that I was scared of them as when I was about 4 years old, I had a cruel cousin hold me by the heels over the pig pen threatening to drop me in so the pigs could eat me, thankfully, my uncle rescued me and my cousin who thought it was very funny was punished.
        However, on another note, I do refuse to eat pork products because of the inhumane way that it’s raised in this country and around the world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_vqIGTKuQE
        This is just one of many videos of the way pork is raised…very sad testimony to the life of any animal…even a pig.

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      2. Wow, this is fascinating. Now I know why pigs have their reputation.
        Thanks for sharing your experience, your insight, and the link.
        I don’t eat pork products either. I try to follow a biblical diet. πŸ€—

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  7. Hi Sally,
    Interesting post, thanks for sharing! Whatever else this SOS movement is, it is most certainly in opposition to God’s word. There is zero question that God created man in His image. The beasts were named by Adam, who was given authority and stewardship over them, but from the Fall, animal sacrifice was God’s ordained method for sinful men to approach a holy God, and from the Flood, God commanded men to use animals for food.

    God’s word makes abundant use of metaphors involving animals and animal behavior, principally because men should not be acting like them. That’s no fault of the animals, because they are also victims of the Fall and are not morally accountable for behaving in accordance with their inborn natures. Frankly though, the animals are not offended by humans using them as examples of flawed human behavior, LOL.

    All that said, it is also a certainty that animals should not be treated cruelly or subjected to needless suffering. There is plenty of biblical precedent for kind treatment of animals, and no regenerate heart would do otherwise, but I won’t be changing my vocabulary in response to such flawed and unbiblical thinking as this SOS business.

    My heart breaks for young people who are so morally confused and raised without plain common sense or any foundational worldview. Even 20 years ago things like this would be seen by most young people as absurd. Anyway, thanks for a thought provoking post that has brought another new thing into my awareness.
    God bless!

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    1. Thanks so much, Craig, for explaining how SOS contradicts God’s Word, and how man has stewardship over animals.

      As you point out, truth has become so ‘relative’ to so many young people, that they can , unfortunately, wander into areas of moral danger.

      We know your great tenderness and affection towards animals. They bring humans so much enjoyment. I have a great fondness for animals as well.

      You are right that even twenty years ago, young people could not be so easily led.

      Let us continue to pray for young people, that they will come to know the truth of God’s Word. πŸŒ·πŸ€—

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  8. I think it is important to be kind to animals, but we need to respect human needs and become Jesus’ hands and feet to feed the hungry and help the homeless, the unborn, and the elderly. Your post made me think of the spider and pig in Charlotte’s Web. 🌺

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  9. I have never heard of speciesism until now although I was aware of the growing animal rights lobby and the work of Peter Singer (from my Uni days). In my humble opinion speciesism is a load of “codswallop” – excuse my pun. Such ideologies are the evidence of a lost sinful world looking for a moral anchor, trying to replace the one true God. They are a dangerous distraction for the faithless and the weak of faith, driving many towards a lost hellish eternity. Thank you for highlighting this Sally so that we can be more aware. God bless you sister.

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  10. Oh my! What a world we are living in! I do not believe in cruelty to animals but their rights cannot supersede those of humans. This is the first time I heard of that term. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Thank you for sharing this Sally. I found both the article and comment thread extremely interesting. This is the 1st I have heard of speciesism. It led me to looking up the actual definition on dictionary.com which reads, “a belief of humans that all other species of animals are inferior and may therefore be used for human benefit without regard to the suffering inflicted”.

    As a Christian, I have so much respect for God’s creation, and am very saddened with poaching and exploitation. Also sad as I was reading in a comment above, that there is becoming less and less value on the unborn and the elderly! πŸ™

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    1. Hi Wendi ! Nice to hear from you. I was suffering from ‘writer’s block’.

      Probably, most of us experience ebbs and flows of creativity from time to time.
      Thanks for your comment. βš˜πŸ€—

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  12. I don’t doubt this for a minute, but it is quite unbelievable! I think these people are looking for meaning for their lives, but in all the wrong places! Thanks for sharing, Sally. Blessings!

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    1. Thanks, Cindy, I agree. This movement, SOS, is geared towards young people, who have been raised in a culture where truth has become relative.

      Without knowledge of what God’s word teaches, people are easily led into areas of moral danger. πŸ€—βš˜

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  13. Sadly too many take being created in the image of God as a license to do whatever they like to God’s creation. If mankind abuses animals, it is a short step to abusing each other. We are called to be good and faithful stewards of all that mankind has created. Thank you for this thought-provoking post.

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  14. Hi Sally,
    Thank you for this post! I am so focused on studying the Bible and doing what I believe God wants me to do that I lose track of what’s going on in the world around me.
    SOS seems to be just another rung on the ladder of the worship of animals, a new name for an old concept to draw in another generation of the uneducated in the truth (Bible). Unfortunately for mankind, this behavior has been going on for thousands of years and probably to the surprise of those involved in SOS, it’s already had entire religions formed around the concept…chilling if we let it sink in.
    I’d be the first to say that here’s no doubt that Heavenly Father created animals…they’re beautiful, interesting, confounding at times and very useful to mankind and this Earth without them would be a sad place indeed.
    The atrocities of abortion and the elderly (most likely it won’t be long before there’s a death penalty for becoming old) are particularly alarming when we see how the generations who hold our future in their hands have no love or respect for God and no love or respect for humanity.
    I believe that those of us who have a true love of Heavenly Father and believe in and trust Jesus Christ, treat animals with a kindness that even the so called “animal lovers” couldn’t grasp.
    Blessing In Christ

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    1. Hi !
      It is so nice to hear from you.
      Thank-you for these wise comments.
      I agree with you how the ‘animal lovers’, such as the SOS movement fail to understand that humans are created in God’s image, and are thus morally superior to animals. Blessings to you as well. πŸ€—βš˜

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  15. “If we rudely call a greedy person a β€˜pig’, or a lazy person β€˜slothful’, then we are discriminating against pigs and sloths.” Oh, yes. I’m very mindful not to offend animals while insulting other people 😏 (joking)

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