Language & animals

We discuss language and animals and how by design, language acts as a weapon against animals perpetuating speciesism through demeaning terms like ‘you cow’or by laundering terms that hide cruelty, for example, a 'processing plant' instead of a slaughterhouse. We also have categories of language to label species as belonging or not belonging - for example, native, pest or feral - and a species can switch category depending on our human agenda for the landscape.  Speciesism means the assumption of human superiority leading to the exploitation of animals. Addressing this language can be a powerful form of activism. Our guests are Alex Vince from Animal Liberation NSW and Alana Bacon, Melbourne based animal activist & Animal Justice Party member.

For more work on language and animals by Alex Vince from Animal Liberation NSW see his talks below: (& stay tuned for his most recent at the 2018 Animal Activist Forum!)

The Pest Epiphet:

Animal Activicts Forum (scroll to bottom:)

Joan Dunayer links: