Why do we treat dogs and cats with love and respect, but condemn cows, chickens, and pigs to horrific violence for the sake of our taste buds? Each species has an immense capacity for personality, intelligence, relationships, and the ability to feel pain.
Speciesism is a form of discrimination based on species, and represents the belief that animals’ lives have no worth beyond their benefit to humans.
Sentientism is the position that sentience, the ability to have subjective experiences, is the basis of morality. It is an extension of humanism, but is more consistent because it includes companion animals, farmed animals, and wild animals.