Of Apes and Men

Jonas-Sébastien Beaudry, Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia

Abstract

Speciesism is generally taken to refer to the arbitrary preference for one's own species and cast in a morally negative light. My contention is that there are various kinds of speciesism and that it is sometimes morally acceptable. To make this point, I will focus on the 1968 movie The Planet of The Apes which offers instructive examples to test our intuitions on the matter.