We owe the first step to downgrading animals to the commodity level to the theory and conviction of the Church.
“Animals have no soul, animals only have instincts and are therefore automatically not the same as people who have mind and soul – given by God”!
This idiotic theory of the church still has its fatal consequences for animals til today.
But much earlier, on 486 BC the brilliant Greek philosopher Protagoras, who was not under specific belief, has made the primitive moral saying a manifesto of humanism: “The human being is the measure of all things “!
To date, this has given the human species the fascist right of the superior race, the right to torture, enslavement, exploitation and murder when and how it suits them.
And thus, everyone who belongs to the human species has rights, the “others” do not.
In order to morally justify our crimes against animals, over the years we have invented a number of pseudo-scientific explanations, such as: animals have no soul, animals have an underdeveloped brain, animals do not have highly developed thinking skills like humans, animals can not speak … principles, wich are nothing else, as an ideological bullshit without real importance.
“It is not a question of whether they can think or speak. The only question is whether they can suffer”. (Jeremy Bentham)
A nice quote.
Which, incidentally, makes the quotation from Protagoras unusable.
Unless we change that.
“The measure of all things is the life”!
My best regards to all, Venus