Racism and sexism; both problems that everyone is all too aware of and most people openly condemn. But speciesism? How much do people really think about that? By default, of course most vegans do. The fact that humans set themselves so far apart and above other animals is a complete mystery and a huge frustration to me. It is this very belief that leads to such devastating and abhorrent treatment of other sentient beings. It is indeed the root of the problem as far as I am concerned.
This is the subject matter tackled in the latest thought provoking documentary working it's way through the animal rights world at the moment; Speciesism: The Movie. Most films that tackle the subject of animal abuse often employ the shock factor of the cold hard visual facts to convey the intended message. By all accounts Speciesism has a different approach. Although not avoiding the visual abhorrence entirely, the film takes a more light hearted and questioning stance; more of an exploration of the thought pattern behind the discrimination of humans which ultimately (and hopefully) will lead the viewer naturally into a rethink of their own beliefs and reality. Vegans are already there on that one but if it can reach a wider audience, it could literally lead to a life changing understanding for both humans and animals.
We are fortunate enough to have the opportunity of seeing this film here in Cornwall at a special screening at Falmouth University on the evening of Friday 20th March. Book your place at Eventbrite here or visit the Facebook page for this event for more details.
Perhaps you could take a non-vegan friend and open up a whole new way of thinking to them! Either way, please spread the word.