The Uncomfortable Link Between Animal Cruelty And Human Out-Group Prejudice

An psychological exploration of the available literature on the subject of speciesism, social identification, and outgroup prejudice

“The separation of ‘us’ and ‘them’ creates a false picture and is responsible for much suffering. It is part of the in-group / out-group mentality that leads to human oppression of the weak by the strong as in ethnic, religious, political, and social conflicts”

— Marc Bekoff


“In their capacity to feel pain and fear, a pig is a dog is a bear is a boy.” — Philip Wollen

Human Social Identification with Animals

Out-group Prejudice

“When animals do something noble we say they are behaving “like humans.” When humans do something disgusting we say they are behaving “like animals.”

— Philip Wollen


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