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n. The belief that one species is superior to another (similar to the beliefs of racism- the belief that one race is superior to another)

;Human intolerance or discrimination on the basis of species, especially as manifested by cruelty to or exploitation of animals.
Nearly everyone supports speciesism without realizing it. By eating meat meat or supporting animal cruelty in other ways (buying products tested on animals, going to circuses with animals, etc.) people support this.
by goVeg April 16, 2005
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Speciesism was coined in the 1970's. It is used by animal rights activists and is usually meant as a derogatory term for humans that eat meat and is suppose to mean that humans care more about their species then they do other species, although it usually is for animals humans eat or affect on a large scale: fish to primates. The true definition is favoritism for your own species over others, so this termed can be applied to nearly every organisms humans know to exist.

When called this, the person is usually say that you use animals as entertainment, food, testing, or as pets (usually more extreme cases).
Radical Vegan: You meat eaters practice speciesism! You only care about your stomachs!

Omnivorous Human: You also practice speciesism, you care only about animals, what about the plants that produce oxygen for you?
by BLH Productions February 01, 2010
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