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Human And Animal Rights Together = H.A.A.R.T Blogging - Causes, Human & Animal Rights, Sustainability, Green-Gardening, Charities & Non-Profits, Rainforests, Endangered-Species, Natural-Health, Global-Warming, Pets, Vegan, Organics, Green-Gardening, Echoing Green...more "It is a mistake to see issues of human and animal exploitation as mutually exclusive. On the contrary, all exploitation is inextricably intertwined. All exploitation is a manifestation of violence. All discrimination is a manifestation of violence. As long as we tolerate violence of any sort, there will be violence of every sort." "Many altruistic people admirably want to change the world but do not see that the most important change comes at the level of the individual. As Mahatma Gandhi said: You must be the change you want to see in the world. If you want a nonviolent world, you must embrace nonviolence in your own life." "As long as we tolerate racism, sexism, heterosexism, and other forms of discrimination, there will be speciesism. That is one reason why it is important that animal advocates should never think of themselves as one issue people. Speciesism is morally objectionable because, like racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination, it excludes beings from the scope of moral concern on the basis of an irrelevant criterion. It makes no difference whether that irrelevant criterion is race, sex, sexual orientation, or species. We cannot sensibly say that we oppose speciesism but we support or have no position on other forms of discrimination. We oppose speciesism because it is like racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination. Our opposition to speciesism logically implies a rejection of these other forms of discrimination." Gary L. Francione