species-based violence

content warning for triggering material, including violence against women, sexual violence, misogyny, child abuse, racism, ableism, transphobia, patriarchy, & violence against animals.

this article was written based upon my professional and unpaid experience working in the areas of family, poverty & disability law, as well as my independent research and participation in local community organizing.


this is an article attempting to explain the systemic patterns of violence committed against animals.

this is not an article for equating animal abuse to violence against women and/or sexual violence against humyns.
this is not an article for prioritizing animal cruelty above other experiences of abuse and harm between humyns.
this is not an article intended to appropriate the work and legitimacy of campaigns to end gender-based violence for the purposes of discussing violence against animals.

this disclaimer is really important to acknowledge right at the beginning because there are countless examples of historic & ongoing efforts of animal advocacy that completely disrespect, tokenize and perpetuate efforts to end violence against women.
while this should not discourage folks from still trying to unpack the complexities of violence against animals, this should mean these conversations need to be approached in a manner that is actively accounting for its unfortunate reputation of consistently co-opting with oppressive patriarchal ideals. Continue reading



my mind is an ocean.
it is deep, it can be terrifying, but it gives me sustenance.
i spend my days navigating the ceaseless waves of thoughts, ideas, memories and expectations. or in other words, i like to think a lot. because i choose to speak little most days, my mind seems to have adapted well in creating complex internal dialogues – both to my entertainment and misery. i tend to think so much, so often, that many times i find that all i can do is just try to keep myself above the water and wait for the tides to recede.
and during some of these mental floods, my mind is pulled down strange new currents of thought, where i quickly disorient myself with an idea, and become hopelessly lost and confused, but eventually find myself returning back to my mental landmarks that i use to navigate waking life.
sometimes though, as the waters recede, i come to realize that the flood has eroded the old landmarks that i drew meaning and sense from. they look different, and make me feel different. i mean to say that sometimes my thinking-thinking-thinking can lead me to experience interesting mental shifts that seem to forever change how i perceive and relate to myself, to others and to everything else.

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embracing our herstory of animal loving madness


*this is a written transcript of a video presentation available here with Closed Captioning*

hi my name is archie.
and this is Phoebe.
thanks for tuning in to my presentation.

so to briefly summarize what i am going to be talking about today – basically this is a presentation about mental health, mental illness, about identities of madness and how those topics interrelate with animal advocacy, animal defense, animal rights.

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Lisa Kemmerer – Sister Species

Full video with closed captioning available here

Thank you all for being here and thank you for the organizers. I am just so pleased to see so many people turn out and I know how much work it takes to put such a thing together, so thank you all. It’s terrific. Good organization and good job organizing all this for the conference.

So I worked for a very long time creating a nice Powerpoint for today, thinking how nice it would be to have your attention somewhere else. And it would be all neat and tidy, and I couldn’t make many mistakes because I could think it all through, and then mike told me that no one else was doing Powerpoint and the technology might not work anyways, so..


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Mary Fantaske – The Disabled Body and The Animal Body

Full video with closed captioning available here

Hello everybody, I will be exploring the concepts of ableism and speciesism and the intersectionality between the two, which I argue is absolutely critical, to the point where you can’t tease the two apart.

I want to begin with a quote that I actually shared on the event page, I don’t know, a few days ago. But it really sums up everything that I’m trying to say so I’m going to repeat it for you again. This quote is from Mia Mingus, a disability rights activist, and she states:

“Ableism is connected to all our struggles, because it ungirds notions of whose bodies are considered valuable, desirable, and disposable.”

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Sarah Scanlon – Introduction & Land Acknowledgement

Full video with closed captioning available here

I am going to be reading some things, so I won’t be able to see myself. So hopefully, maybe someone can talk at me if you need to interrupt me – my name is Sarah and I am first off just going to do a land acknowledgment: I am currently residing in Guelph, which is Attawandaron territory, and so I’m speaking from that physical location. And we will talk about that in a second. I would like to acknowledge the Attawandaron people as the traditional owners and custodians of the land of the Guelph area, and offer respect to our Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe and Métis neighbours. We honour and respect their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this country. We aim to respect cultural heritage, customs and beliefs of all indigenous people. We also recognize the past and current violence that has taken place on indigenous land against indigenous people. We aim in all aspects of our work to be conscious of, sensitive towards, and fight for change regarding these violences.

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white human guilt – [some] parallels between how people defend racism and speciesism

this is an ongoing series of short rants on the commonalities of oppressions. this one here is about racism (systems of power and privilege to dominate, discriminate and stereotype by race and color) and speciesism (systems of power and privilege to to dominate, discriminate and stereotype by species). specifically, it is about a parallel between them, a commonality in how these two interact.

it’s called “privilege guilt”.

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victim blaming – [some] parallels between how people reinforce patriarchy and speciesism

this is an ongoing series of short rants on the commonalities of oppressions. this one here is about patriarchy (social systems of gendered discrimination, violences and oppressions) and speciesism (social systems of speciesist discrimination, violences and oppressions). specifically, it is about a parallel between them, a commonality in how these two interact.

it’s called “victim blaming”.

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