Speaking of nonhumans


When humans discuss animal communication/languages they inadvertently reveal how reductive the applied analytical frameworks they believe in factually work.

All complexity of nonhuman animal communication/language that is going beyond any of the concepts we might use, can’t be fathomed at the moment in which you decide to set the standards, instead of leaving the subject open to stand for itself and acknowledging your limitations in comprehension.

Understanding nonhuman animals is not a playground for humanity to show how omniscient their understanding of the world is.

We should be able to respect borders, differences, uniqueness – we don’t have to define others in order to respect them as “whole” equally complex yet different beings.

Ecosocial Schisms, April 2020

Notes on Animal Rights and politics (1)

Subordinating animality under any of our most promising political systems, somehow misses the point, since they all base on humancentered ideals so far.
Politics for animality will have to evolve on foundations of spatial and bodily freedom from destructive human interference and definition – on all levels.
Political tangents between new and common approaches can be a helpful path, but yet all political ideas that we know imply anthropocentric objectifications of nonhuman co-existence. The dominant strains in our histories of knowledge themselves purport the bases for the typical ethical shortcomings that mark the Anthropocene.
Gruppe Messel / Tierautonomie

Differences in activism

Where activism for nonhumans divides: You can either name the fundamental wrong of speciesism or remain criticizing only the symptoms of a cause. The discourse about nonhuman concerns evolves through naming injustices on all the levels on which they occur.
Antispeciesist Animal Sociology

A habitualized recourse on speciesist thinking patterns by animal rights activists > “animals are instinctual beings” > is communicably compatible with society’s speciesist norms, yet it’s mere continued biologistic discrimination against nonhuman animality. Speciesist language stands for entire unjust worldviews – and either you opt for expressing alternative views on animality or you keep being a repeater of the echoes.
Antispeciesist Animal Sociology

Biologistic speciesism and you

We want to satisfy our basic sensual needs, because we’re instinctual beings – unlike you are. We forage, we breed, we think in terms of territory, we are intelligent and sensitive, but all within the frame of instinct. And that’s more or less all you need to know to understand our kind of being human. This is how biologistic speciesism works – in and outside the animal rights movement (…). It applies a reductive lens to your life, where all you do is predetermined by behavioral parameters they tie to their abstract and arbitrary concept of “instinct”. Concepts like “thinking” are understood as bound to biological markers, language is just seen as comparably primitive – again bound to instinctual behaviour, e.g.
Antispeciesist Animal Sociology

Earth’s Children aren’t taxonomic categories

Some of us contextualize life as “earth’s children” – as interacting multifaceted existential selves, families, groups … , while others continue to project taxonomy as the predeterminant factor of social lives on earth. Multifaceted lives on one side, are seen as biological castes on the other.
Antispeciesist Animal Sociology

Animal hatred and ecology

Theriocides are happening unquestioned, while climate neutrality is being envisioned.
Animality’s habitat > ‘nature’ > is continuously being appropriated as being the indisputable space of human domain, while earth’s history has proven that the masters of fostering and retaining a holistic ecological balance are undeniably and almost exclusively the nonhuman ones.

Too much reformism

Animal rights advocates who take reformism for fundamental change:

Don’t fall into the biologistically argumenting trap of discussing nonhuman animals needs to “live out natural instincts”, when as an animal rights advocate we ought to speak about fighting injustice, and when we ought to analyze, criticize and oppose the ways in which oppressive systems function – if we want to inspire a fundamental change in society.

The systemic injustice towards nonhumanity gets legitimized on the theoretical levels, primarily like reducing animality to instincts/biologically explicable behaviour.

You would never want to discuss human rights on this level by seeing everything through a biological lens, but you don’t have a problem to use this speciesistically reductive lens on animality by conveying the message that nonhumanity and instincts would go hand in hand.

The stunning thing is, you even believe it’s a charitable deed to do so … you expect the world to change, yet you cling to old speciesist frameworks.

When you discuss nonhuman animal rights and interests, please apply the biologistic frame just to yourself!