"Can one, even in the name of fiction, think of a world without animals … ? Does animality participate in every concept of the world, even of the human world? … The horizon of the ends of the animal is not only a fiction … . It is, if you’ll permit me to say it, the horizon of a real hypothesis … . [which] can develop only as the symptom of a desire or phantasm: the tableau of a world after animality, after a sort of holocaust, a would from which animality, at first present to man, would have one day disappeared: destroyed or annihilated by man, either purely and simply—something that seems almost impossible if one feels we are heading down the path toward such a world without animals—or by means of a devitalizing or disanimalizing treatment, what others would call the denaturing of animality, the production of figures of animality that are so new that they appear monstrous enough to call for a change of name. This science fiction is more and more credible, having begun with taming and domestication, dressage, neutering, and acculturation, and is being pursued with medico-industrial exploitation, overwhelming interventions upon animal milieus and reproduction, genetic transplants, cloning, etc."
Jacques Derrida, The Animal That Therefore I Am, ed. Marie-Louise Mallet, trans. David Wills (New York: Fordham University Press, 2088), 79-78. (via anthropo-eccentrism)