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Today in Speciesism: Desmond Tutu Seeks Social Justice For Animals

I have seen firsthand how injustice gets overlooked when the victims are powerless or vulnerable, when they have no one to speak up for them and no means of representing themselves to a higher authority. Animals are in precisely that position. Unless we are mindful of their interests and speak out loudly on their behalf, abuse and cruelty go unchallenged.

It is a kind of theological folly to suppose that God has made the entire world just for human beings, or to suppose that God is interested in only one of the millions of species that inhabit God’s good earth.

Desmond Tutu

I love this quote. I love that he says we have to be mindful of animals’ interests. Animals do, in fact, have interests of their own — interests in being free from suffering and to continue their life. Rejecting or refusing to acknowledge this idea allows people to continue to exploit animals. Furthermore, believing that humans are the only species on this planet who matter is a speciesist attitude that also promotes animal exploitation.

Source [huffpost]


About The Paw Report

I graduated from St. John's University School of Law in 2012, and am admitted to practice law in New York State. I was a member of the New York City Bar Association's Animal Law Committee for three years. I was born and raised in Rhode Island, but moved to New Mexico when I was 18. After dabbling in film for two years, I graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Anthropology. I've been living in New York City since 2008, and currently reside in Brooklyn with my boyfriend and our two cats. I am a former organizer with Direct Action Everywhere - New York City.


5 thoughts on “Today in Speciesism: Desmond Tutu Seeks Social Justice For Animals

  1. Well said!


    Posted by GarryRogers | December 28, 2013, 1:45 pm
  2. Is Desmond Tutu a vegan?


    Posted by beth | December 28, 2013, 10:08 pm

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