Anti-Speciesist Rhetoric

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The various laws protecting animals that were established in Nazi Germany (but for the most part were never put into effect) had, among others, the aim of marking the taxonomic and ontological distance between pure animals and impure sub-humans (Jews, homosexuals, the Roma). The attention to and respect for the alpha predator and noble animals was a vertiginous ignoratio elenchi of the concentration camps. With analogous fallacy, today’s anti-human and anti-speciesist eco-fascism, which regularly makes use of the reductio ad Hitlerum (“meat-eaters = Nazis”), avails itself in an irrational and populist way of the rudimentary argumentum ad personam typical of xenophobic and racist propaganda. An extreme case is a well-known PETA cam-paign against eating meat.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSemiotics of Animals in Culture. Zoosemiotics 2.0
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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