99% of all nonhuman animals killed in the US are killed by the flesh, chicken egg, and animal milk industries. Consumers who buy flesh, eggs, and animal milk products financially support the animal slaughter industries and demand that irreplaceable individuals be killed for their taste buds. If you care about our fellow animals and don't want to support needless cruelty and violence, the most important thing you can do is stop eating animals and stop consuming products that contain items stolen from our fellow animals.
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Speciesism is a violent belief system that views all other species of animals as inferior to humans. Speciesism asserts that because they are inferior, non-human animals may be used for human benefit without regard for the non-human's suffering or needs.
Because of speciesist beliefs, other living beings are legally defined as property and denied the most basic of rights. On farms of all sizes--including so-called "humane," "cage-free," "organic," "free-range," etc.--individuals are born into slavery, mutilated, confined, sexually assaulted, forcibly impregnated, separated from their families, and brutally murdered.
Speciesism isn't simply similar to other violent belief systems such as racism and sexism. Rather it is a necessary foundation for other violent belief systems. After all, before we can "dehumanize" and treat our fellow humans "like an animal," we first require speciesism's lie that humans are superior to other animals. All oppression is inextricably connected and in order to dismantle sexism, racism, and other violent belief systems, we must also dismantle speciesism.
Peoria Area Voices for Animals is a volunteer-run group for anyone interested in animal rights, anti-speciesism, and/or veganism in the Peoria, Illinois, area. Through peaceful activism (demonstrations, leafleting, food sampling, letter writing, speaking out on behalf of non-human animals, and tabling at local events), we work to:
1) Educate people about the extreme suffering and oppression of non-human animals caused by speciesism and the speciesist decisions humans make every day;
2) Inspire people to align their actions with their values by rejecting speciesism, adopting a vegan diet and lifestyle, and ending their financial and moral support of animal use and exploitation; and
3) Provide social support to those sincerely interested in becoming vegan, living an anti-speciesist life, and becoming active for our fellow Earthlings.
We promote peace and compassion for all living beings--human as well as non-human animals. It is our goal that all animals be recognized as living beings who have inalienable rights to live a natural life free of harm at the hands of humans.
We recognize that, despite what any outdated law states, no individual—of any species—is a thing or piece of property to be bought, sold, owned, used, abused, or discarded. We recognize the fact that an individual's body, her milk, her eggs, her flesh, her skin, her hair, and her life belong to her—not to us.
We reject and oppose speciesism, the violent ideology based on the lie that human animals are inherently superior and more worthy than other animals. We reject the lie that we human animals have the right to use other animals and we reject and oppose the violence that results from this lie.
We reject speciesist language that reinforces speciesist lies about non-human animals. Therefore, we accurately refer to individuals of all species as "he" or "she" rather than "it" and as "someone" rather than "something."
We recognize that we are “guardians” but never “owners” or “masters” of our non-human companions. And as guardians who rescue or adopt those in need but do not buy, sell, or give someone as a gift, we welcome our non-human animal companions into our families and commit to providing healthy food, needed medical care, and a safe, loving home for the life of our companion.
Anyone interested in learning more about veganism, anti-speciesism, and animal rights is invited to join us. Anyone who is already vegan or sincerely striving to become vegan is welcome to attend our meetings/vegan potlucks. Anyone who shares our goals and is already vegan is welcome to join us at our protests and other outreach/educational events. Please join us, become educated about speciesism, and use your voice to amplify the voices of our fellow animals until they are no longer ignored and silenced.