I am an unapologetic speciesist. I am proud to be a bigot. Genesis 1:28 teaches us that man was made in God’s image and given dominion over nature. As a Christian, I embrace the bigotry of the Lord Jesus Christ, who said that man is much better than sparrows in Luke 12:24. What prompted my proud declaration of my bigotry was a Hollywood actor who railed against “speciesism” at the Oscars – a speech against a righteous bigotry that we should all embrace with our whole heart.
Here is the truth: You cannot raise animals up to the level of humans. Everyone instinctively knows this, which is why those who are not part of the “animal rights” cult know that killing an animal for food is perfectly fine bur murdering a human being is evil. God declares in Genesis 9:6 that those who commit murder must be executed, because man was made in God’s image. Mankind is a special creation, designed to commune with and worship the Creator.
What you can do is lower humans to the level of animals. There is a reason that Nazis described Jews as rats in the years leading up to the Holocaust. Hutus declared Tutsis were cockroaches before embarking on a campaign of mass rape and genocide in 1994. Groups targeted for persecution and death are depicted as sub-human, so killing them is not as bad as killing a real person. By falsely claiming that humans and animals are morally equal, “animal rights” extremists are using the rhetoric of genocide.
Now, does this mean we should have absolutely no concern for animal welfare? No. The Bible tells people to be good to their livestock in Deuteronomy 25:4 and 1 Timothy 5:18. God cites the cattle as a reason not to annihilate the wicked city of Ninevah after they repent in the book of Jonah. Millions of modern Christians adore our pets. But what we must not do is take beasts and put them on the same level as those made in the image of Almighty God. That is blasphemy, because it insults and degrades God’s image.
Christians must resist and rebuke the blasphemy of the “animal tights” movement.