Ethan and I were fortunate enough to attend the world premier of Speciesism The Movie in New York City last week. This fantastic documentary follows writer, director and star of the film, Mark Devries’ journey from what began as an investigation into PETA and their activist campaigns to an exploration of factory farming in the United States. When Devries first encounters the term, “speciesism” it changes the thrust of his search to a journey of understanding and ultimate awakening. Simply put, speciesism is a belief system that assigns different values, rights, or special considerations to individuals solely on the basis of their species membership. Specifically, speciesism is an assumption of human superiority. Throughout the film, Devries attempts to understand the rationale human beings use to justify their consumption of animal products.  While watching Devries’ exploration I couldn’t help but see the parallels between speciesism and homophobia. Both of these concepts

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