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You are looking at this through the eyes of a modern. Time for some history: One of the oldest European settlements on North America was made by Puritans, who were fleeing... government religious persecution*. One of the most influential groups in the formation of America were the Quakers, who came to America fleeing... government religious persecution. ...


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I think there are two main reasons. Ethics (which does apply to dogs in many parts of the world) and the fact that there aren't that many whales (as opposed to dogs). Ethics It's seen as immoral. This argument also applies to dogs (note, pictures may be disturbing). As such, you see a lot of outrage about dog consumption as well. For example, these ...


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There is an ethical argument that hasn't been mentioned yet. Many people find whale hunting unethical (see JJJs excellent answer), despite supporting deer hunting and chicken farming, because we think whales are smart. There is a correlation between how intelligent an animal is, and how likely people are to oppose its hunt and consumption. The change in ...


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A YouGov poll of 2948 people conducted in August 2017 gives: It has been suggested that trains should have women-only carriages. Which of the following comes closest to your view? Good idea - women only carriages would provide a safe haven for women and will help combat the rise in sexual offences on public transport: 23%. Bad idea - having women only ...


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One undiscussed reason that Japanese whaling is so specifically opposed by certain nations (specifically New Zealand & Australia) is that much of the Japanese whaling happens in the Southern Ocean, near these countries but very far away from Japan. Part of the national self-image of these countries is that of custodians of the environment; New Zealand's ...


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The "classical" libertarian solution to this dilemma is simple: If a business wishes to discriminate non-violently, they are free to do so... Some libertarians have a curious point of view that calling police to remove a gay couple from a private place is considered "violent" - in other words, a business is free to request gays to leave the premises, but ...


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There are movements for gender-inclusive language in almost every language that has grammatical gender, though the extent and favored solutions differ in each. Wikipedia has a long document discussing gender-inclusive language choices in many languages. Obviously, it's hard to know how prevalent or accepted these are as a foreigner, and as you can see, the ...


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There is no factual basis for the claim that incorrect pronoun use will lead to negative consequences. The bill does two things: It adds gender identity or expression as protected classes under the Canadian Human Rights Act It adds gender identity or expression as protected classes to the criminal code, specifically to a section about hate propaganda and ...


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There is no reliably humane way to kill whales according to the New Zealand government. The article starts with the statement: "Experience has shown that it is very difficult to kill a whale at sea humanely; that is, by causing minimum pain or instantaneous death."


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I would disagree with your initial statement "Many cultural cuisines like rabbits, cows, trout, pigs, chicken, reindeer or walruses are consumed without international criticism", at least in spirit. There are protests, within and across national boarders, about the hunting or eating of certain groups of animals, including those in your list. Cows are farmed,...


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This is a Canada-specific answer, but one that is likely applicable to the US as well. Anti-discrimination laws (or more generally in Canada, human rights laws, although are some other examples of laws prohibiting discrimination in areas such as health and safety) prohibit discrimination on a range of specific protected characteristics. In Manitoba, for ...


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Regarding your example of discriminating against a Jew, I think that is a uniquely bad example because there is an ambiguity in that Jews are both a religion and an ethnic group, moreover they have been victims of discrimination in the past so European societies (and their new-world descendants) tend to grant special protections to Jews on top of the general ...


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However, when it comes to the renting - it all magically goes away It doesn't look like it. The only case where owners are allowed to discriminate is when (source): the owner is living in the property, and the owner is selling or letting the property without using an estate agent, and the owner is not advertising the sale or letting of the property - a for ...


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Disenfranchisement is a pretty rare political tactic on either the left or the right outside the United States, which has close to the lowest voter turnout rates among places that have genuine democratic elections. Iran For example, even Iran has higher voter turnout than the United States. In Iran, the ruling faction tends to manipulate elections (which ...


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Note: I live in Romania and my answer will be quite localized "White privilege" concept is virtually unknown in Romania (never heard of it on local media, from friends, only from Politics.SE). This does not mean there is no discrimination, discrimination against Romani people. being a good example: Racism is mostly directed against the Romani people, ...


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The simplest answer is that your question is not correct in fact: you do not live in a “progressive” society. are supposed to be completely irrelevant and we should Should statements are usually indicative that whatever “ought” to be, isn’t. What's the reason behind this conflict? For hundreds of years within capitalism and protocapitalism there ...


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Your question is a little confusing because on one hand (title) you ask about a movement, and on the other you ask about a government program. I don't know about the latter, but there is an "American Assembly for Men in Nursing". As for starting some mere "encouragement" government program, if Australia is a good proxy, men migrated out ...


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TL;DR It profits both private industry and the political establishment to maintain high incarceration rates. The penal codes and incarceration techniques are a response to the demand for more prisoners not a reaction to crime, primarily sponsored by the think tank ALEC. As the prison population grows, a rising rate of incarceration feeds small and large ...


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I don't believe it comes up in Eastern Europe, for the simple reason that very few people of African descent have ever lived there. As Alexei notes, those nations have their own form of discrimination. Basic human nature doesn't respect borders and continents. My German friends tell me that there was some discrimination against former East Germany ...


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To the excellent answers already posted here, I would add the additional historical detail from the specific US experience: Religious affiliation is theoretically voluntary and self-chosen, as you point out, but in historical time it has also served as a proxy for ethnic identity. Anti-Catholic animus in the US, for example, was partially motivated by ...


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I'm only going to try to cover things that haven't been mentioned in other answers and try to preempt any begging of the question that might come. There are environmental and practical concerns to eating certain animals that don't apply to the same degree as other animals. For example, pretty much all meat provided by domesticated animals come from prey ...


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I think anyone reading the laws the bill modifies could reasonably come to that conclusion. According to the text of the Canadian Human Rights Act: It is a discriminatory practice, directly or indirectly... in the course of employment, to differentiate adversely in relation to an employee, on a prohibited ground of discrimination. and: It is a ...


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In addition to the other fine answers, there is this: Getting discrimination eliminated usually takes more than a simple sense of fairness, if only because people who discriminate almost never believe they are being unfair. What it really takes is political clout [for example, 'gay rights' didn't exist until gays awoke to the possibility of combining into ...


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Since you state you are interested in general answers, I will present a case that is apparently different from the US or Canada. In The Netherlands, discrimination based on political beliefs is prohibited. For example: If your employer fires you because you are a socialist or a liberal or a fascist, you should be able to successfully challenge this in a ...


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Modern day commercial whaling did not exist until the industrial revolution. Due to the technological advancement, the economic production scale of food, lubricant and energy, whaling is no longer economically viable. Today, the whaling industry in Japan is heavily subsidised. The main argument of the subsidies is said to be cultural, but it is a blatant ...


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As a "lowercase l" libertarian, I have long maintained that individuals have the right to declare themselves 'married' to anyone they see fit, but that does not imply a right to compel anyone else to do anything in response. If two people's relationship is widely recognized by the population as a whole but some particular person doesn't want to acknowledge ...


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You haven't mentioned one obvious example, namely that of age. A person can usually vote at the age of 18 in most Western countries, at the same time as officially becoming an adult, but voting ages of 21 or higher were common until the 1970s. More recently, 16 year olds have been allowed to vote in some countries around the world, including tonight's ...


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It depends how you want to define "strength". Some correlational studies point to a stronger economy being associated with more diverse countries. Other studies point to a lower degree of social trust being associated with more diverse countries. As I said in comments, people will read these according to their prior inclination, since there's probably no ...


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The evidence suggests that the death of George Floyd both represents and is an instance of the oppression of black people in the United States, in the sense of the existence of both prejudice and disparate negative outcomes. This does not by any means rule out a possible effect of apparent wealth. First, as noted in another answer, African-Americans are ...


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