I think when we call non-human animals animals it makes it sound like we are not animals.
We should call them people, because they persons.
Or if you're talking to a bigot who wouldn't understand you, you could say non-human people.
I think this would encourage people to think about their actions against non-human people more ethically.
There is a legitimate hierarchy but there's no room for arrogance but only love and respect.
'Legitimate Hierarchy'. Those are quite loaded words.
Only if we selfishly choose to base that hierarchy on the thing we supposedly do best at (intelligence). If we choose to base hierarchy on other basis, then we might come very low down, such as speed, strength, ability to swim. So again, with our intelligence we can choose to impose hierarchy, which many humans choose to do, not only to other animals but to fellow humans, or we can intelligently and compassionately choose to not place hierarchy on any living sentient being, or other animal for that matter.
If such hierarchy exists, then all humans who are less intelligent than me, must be below me? and I below humans who are more intelligent than me? That's not in my view of the world, although I appreciate some humans do try and impose this line of thought.
I talk about a different level. Speaking of body abilities, brain included, we are not that different from animals. I talk about spirit, which is something else.
Edd, Im sorry you didn't understand what Im talking about, it's really not about 'intelligence'.
Hi Maja, no worries. Your experiences sound interesting, nothing I have personally experienced. Perhaps one day hey. :)
Thank you for these words Edd :)
Edd...I like the way you think :)
Markus...I agree with you totally :)
I absolutely love this idea because it will probably make people more aware that the 'animals' they are consuming are also people in their own right. The world 'animal' is synonymous to being something lesser than us or having lower intelligence, or even deserving of pain. Just because we can't communicate with them like we can with other 'people' doesn't mean they can be treated like animals have been historically treated by us. How long it will take for every last human to change their perspective is a difficult concept, though. But if we start with ourselves, even in small numbers, then hopefully this will influence others. :)
No, because they ARE animals. So are we. It's easier to include ourselves in their category than stop calling the other animals, ANIMALS.
Ya i call humans animals, but a lot of people don't think that non-human animals have feelings, so I think calling them non-human people would make them think more about that.
basically what Markus said xD