Why it’s so offensive when we call people animals

The scala naturae, or “great chain of being”, is an ancient idea that humans are a step above animals due to our supposedly unique attributes of reason and self-control. It delegates animals as lesser, more primitive beings that rely purely on instinct. It’s argued that this hierarchy could be the reason why people take great offense to being called an animal, as doing so implies they’re subhuman and lacking in human virtues.
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