We are a Canberra based organisation aiming to organise, mobilise and cultivate local animal activism.
The Anti-Speciesist Action Collective is a Canberra based decentralised non-hierarchical organisation collaborating to practice the identification, criticism and practical dismantling of illegitimate authority in all aspects of human dominance over non-human sentient beings.
We will enable activists fighting speciesism to explore and develop their practice effectively, and to facilitate their participation and contribution to a wider community.
We organise our own activism and campaigns. We create and make resources available to activists to ensure relevance and effectiveness.
We collate and share all local animal activism, including our own and our affiliates (through our website, social media and email newsletter) hoping to mobilise more activists.
We document, share reports and present stories from local activism to inspire others to participate in the future.
What is Speciesism?
Speciesism is the false belief that animals other than humans do not deserve moral consideration in the way humans do. This stems from the ideological fallacy of human supremacy, that is the belief that there is something intrinsic in humans that grants us more moral value than other sentient beings. This belief underpins the structural violence in which non-human animals are exploited, mistreated or disenfranchised. It is akin to other forms of supremacy that result in marginalised beings.
There is no facet of humans that makes us more valuable in any way than other species. Anti-speciesism rejects human supremacy, and the systems that enable this exploitation and mistreatment of fellow sentient beings.
Anti-speciesism aims to challenge and dismantle these unfair systems and the results of these, including animal agriculture, medical testing, destruction of ecosystems etc.
Individual sentient beings represent the basis for all moral decision making, regardless of species or perceived value assigned by humans. They are not objects nor commodities, nor should they be treated as such, regardless of which species they belong to.