30 Nov '13, 5am

Behind-the-scenes interview of #Speciesism: The Movie director - (via @MotherNatureNet)

Behind-the-scenes interview of #Speciesism: The Movie director - (via @MotherNatureNet)

That approach never changed, but my mindset certainly did. When I interviewed philosophers such as Peter Singer of Princeton University, they confronted me with a simple argument: "Among the most fundamental ethical principles we hold is that causing harm, especially in the form of suffering, is a bad thing. Since nonhuman animals are capable of suffering, the same principle should extend to our treatment of them." Singer and his colleagues conclude that our common assumption that human interests matter more reflects a form of prejudice, similar to prejudices against groups of humans, such as racism — which they have termed "speciesism." I realized that if they are right, it would make what happens to animals on factory farms one of the most important ethical issues of our time. So, part of my goal became to find out whether there really is something to what they say.

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/speciesi...

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