"...The term is mostly used by animal rights advocates, who argue that it is irrational or morally wrong to regard sentient beings as objects or property..."
As always, one must answer more than one question on the issue in order to evaluate whether or not this is Shocker...
* do the scriptures indicate a stance on speciesism?
* is that position morally correct?
* what is the historic posture of "The Church" on the matter? Is that morally reprehensible?
I suggest that speciesism is clearly taught in the scriptures:
Ge 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Ge 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Men were to herd animals, kill them and eat them, as well as offer them to God.
Paul specifically says that a provision that appears to be intended to legislate kindness to animals was actually always intended as a precept for seeing that preachers were provided for, in exchange for their preaching:
3 ¶ Mine answer to them that do examine me is this,
4 Have we not power to eat and to drink?
5 Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?
6 Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working?
7 Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock?
8 Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also?
9 For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?
10 Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.
11 If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?
Note Paul's rhetorical question in verse 9: "Doth God take care for oxen?"
Apparently, Paul thinks not.
So I think we should get the impression that Paul would not have any qualms about oxen being raised in a CAFO ("Concentrated Animal Farming Operation").
Historically, consequently, the Church has never had any apparent concern with "animal rights." Jewish wisdom literature seems to take the mandate to apply to animals:
Proverbs 12:10 A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
So the scriptures are ambivalent about whether God cares for oxen or not, but I think we should. We should take our cues here more from Proverbs than from Paul.