“Two legs good, four legs bad” :  Exposing speciesism and hypocrisy in the theoretical and practical conception of human rights, by Charlotte Flores

“Two legs good, four legs bad” : Exposing speciesism and hypocrisy in the theoretical and practical conception of human rights, by Charlotte Flores

We value our rights to autonomy, life, and wellbeing; we protect these rights because we believe all humans deserve them, but whether we exclusively deserve rights is questionable. Human rights are conceptually universal and regulated through governmental bodies and social leverage; they were created with the goal of promoting equality and protecting human interests. Unfortunately, by preserving our implementation of human rights, we may inadvertently make "a powerful statement about human capabilities and potential"[1]. In enacting and maintaining these privileges, we continuously fail to combat, address, or adequately mitigate the charge of 'speciesism.'…continue reading →