Corey Lee Wrenn argues that what is done to an animal should be judged in the same fashion as if the same thing were done to a human.
The wish to demote, punish, and degrade ourselves this way, a neurosis special to our modern culture, is itself, ironically, a tribute to human exceptionalism.
If what separates us from other animals were material in nature, material alone, then perhaps we could look to a material process for an explanation.
Once again, we find that if radicals envision it, eventually we will try to go there.
I believe that time is growing short to throttle this advocacy thrust.