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Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself.

Froude, James Anthony

Professor of Modern History, Oxford

1818

1894

from Oceana, 1886

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I'd like to see animals removed from the entertainment business. Chimpanzees and apes won't perform unless you beat them. Circuses keep elephants in chains 90 percent of the time. Elephants need freedom of movement. In circuses, they live in cramped quarters, which is not the life intended for them by nature. Some are beaten daily, forced to do ridiculous tricks and robbed of every shred of dignity.

Barker, Bob

TV personality, U.S.

1924

 

 

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The sort of man who likes to spend his time watching a cage of monkeys chase one another, or a lion gnaw its tail, or a lizard catch flies, is precisely the sort of man whose mental weakness should be combated at the public expense, and not fostered.

Mencken, H.L.

Journalist, quoted in N.Y. Evening Mail, 1918

1880

1956

 

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Those who wish to pet and baby wild animals "love" them. But those who respect their natures and wish to let them live normal lives, love them more.

Teale, Edwin Way

US, Circle of the Seasons, 1953

1899

1980

 

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I have witnessed and tended to calves in rodeos who became paralyzed and whose tracheas were totally or partially severed. Slamming them to the ground has caused rupture of several internal organs leading to a slow and agonizing death.

Finocchino, Dr. E.J.

 

 

 

 

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The wild, cruel animal is not behind the bars of a cage. He is in front of it.

Munthe, Axel

Swedish writer and physician

1857

1949

youngest MD created at Montpellier, France

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Cockfighting was illegal in Oklahoma until 1963, when a judge ruled that chickens are not animals and therefore unprotected by anticruelty laws.

unknown

U.S. News & World Report, 6 December 1999

 

 

 

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I became very critical of zoos and circuses and keeping animals in captivity. I wish it was against the law.

Walken, Christopher

 

 

 

 

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We must educate the public. The average person has no idea of what's going on in factory farms, in laboratories, circuses, roadside zoos or rodeos.

Barker, Bob

TV personality, U.S.

1924

 

 

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We always had dogs, so I understood all the joy and the love animals are capable of giving. It's crazy to me that some people have dogs in thier homes, but they treat them more like furniture.

Silverstone, Alicia

American actress

1997

 

 

 

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A Robin Redbreast in a cage, Puts all Heaven in a Rage.

Blake, William

English poet, Auguries of Innocence

1757

1827

 

 

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Spaying is a compromise in terms of reverence for life, but perhaps a necessary one in a society which kills millions of dogs and cats a year in "animal shelters".

Marcus, James

 

 

 

 

 

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The very fact that companion animals are so highly regarded raises difficult issues for agricultural and performance animal doctors. Some of these animals are not markedly different in their mental capacities from many companion animals. At a time the profession seeks to promote companion animals as members of the family, to what extent must it also advocate the interests of its food, farm, and performance animal patients?. . . Nevertheless, discussions devoid of attention to animal interests are appearing with frequency in the literature espousing the model of the veterinarian as herd health consultant.

Tannenbaum, Jerrold

M.A., J.D., Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine

 

 

in his book Veterinary Ethics: Animal Welfare, Client Relations, Competition and Collegiality

 

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Meat is dirty. I wouldn't touch a hot dog without a condom on it.

Maher, Bill

comedian

 

 

 

 

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His Holiness rejoices to know that the object of your Society is in perfect accord with the doctrine which the Church has always taught and the Saints have always followed, leaving us innumerable beautiful examples of compassion and tenderness.The fact that the Nations have not always followed the precepts of the Church and the example of the Saints moves the Sovereign Pontiff all the more to favour all that tends (while reserving supreme honour to the King of Creation) to foster respect for these other creatures of God, which Providence forbids us to exploit without concern and enjoins us to show wisdom in our use of them …Therefore the August Pontiff trusts that you will find faithful and efficient fellow-workers in the priests of God, since it is their duty to conform to the teaching of the Church and the example of the Saints. It is for them nobly to train souls in sentiments of enlightened gentleness and fostering care and guidance, so that they may offer to the animals refuge from every suspicion of roughness, cruelty or barbarism, and lead men to understand from the beauty of creation something of the infinite perfection of the Creator.’

Benedict XV, Pope

 

 

 

in 1915 to the head of the Italian SPCA

 

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Personally, I would not give a fig for any man's religion whose horse, cat and dog do not feel its benefits. Life in any form is our perpetual responsibility.

Cadman, S. Parkes

 

 

 

 

 

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As always the Church has placed herself, through the voice of her pontiff, at the head of this movement. It is for her to direct it wherever she can make herself heard.

Leo XIII, Pope

 

 

 

on becoming patron in 1870 of the French SPCA

 

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Lord, help me to become the person my dog believes me to be.

Martin, Canon Charles

 

 

 

of Washington, D.C.

 

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Many years ago, I was in a Broadway show and I had to wear a fox fur around my shoulders. One day my hand touched one of the fox's legs. It seemed to be in two pieces. Then it dawned on me.... her leg had probally been snapped in two by the steel trap that had caught it.

Arthur, Bea

TV personality, U.S.

 

 

 

 

 

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I think it's really disgusting that designers use fur, and it's disgusting that people wear fur. It has to stop. It's so unnecessary in today's world, with the technology we have. I'm wearing fabulous "ultrasuede" tonight. This is totally the look of leather. There's a way to get it without death involved. We should be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

Bouwer, Marc

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For all we know that English people are/ Fed upon beef - I won't say much of beer/ Because 'tis liquor only, and being far/ From this my subject, has no business here;/ We know too, they are very fond of war,/ A pleasure - like all pleasures - rather dear;/ So were the Cretans - from which I infer/ That beef and battle both were owing her" "[t]he art of angling [is] the cruelest, the coldest, and the stupidest of the pretended sports.

Byron, George

poet, English Lord

1788

1824

from Don Juan

 

 

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Killing an animal to make a coat is sin. It wasn't meant to be, and we have no right to do it. A woman gains status when she refuses to see anything killed to be put on her back. Then she's truly beautiful.

Day, Doris

actress

 

 

 

 

 

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I decline to go fox hunting (nor did she want her sons William and Harry to be involved in hunting).

Diana

Princess of Wales

1990

 

 

 

 

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It's sad. That's a living creature. We don't have the right to take thier life away for fashion.

Electra, Carmen

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In some roles I have to wear fur, and I always make sure it's fake, like in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. Faux fur is great because it shows people that faux can look fabulous.

Johnston, Kristen

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Killing animals for sport, for pleasure, for adventures, and for hides and furs is a phenomenon which is at once disgusting and distressing. There is no justification in indulging in such acts of brutality.

Lama, Dalai, His Holiness

The XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet

1935

 

speaking at World Vegetarian Congress, 1967

 

 

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Someone from Manolo Blahnik went into my shop and said: 'These shoes are not vegetarian.' That's the highest compliment, because you just can't tell that they are, and they are." "My mum taught me to have a soul.

McCartney, Stella

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The really great thing about my shop is that there's not one dead animal in it. ... Manolo's got a load of fabric shoes as well! We use plastic, fabric, rubber- anything but leather. I almost feel like I've been put here to show everyone that it's unnecessary.

McCartney, Stella

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cruelty is one fashion statement we can all do without.

McClanahan, Rue

US actress, Golden Girls

1980

 

 

 

 

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Fur used to turn heads, now it turns stomachs.

McClanahan, Rue

US actress, Golden Girls

1980

 

 

 

 

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I feel very sorry for women who continue to purchase real fur coats. They are lacking in a woman's most important requisites, heart and sensitivity.

Meadows, Jayne

US actress

1988

 

 

 

 

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Humans are the only hunters who kill when not hungry.

Spielberg, Steven

movie producer, E.T.

 

 

 

 

 

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We don't live the lives of Eskimos. We don't need to kill animals for fashion.

Theron, Charlize

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I cannot fish without falling a little in self-respect...always when I have done I feel it would have been better if I had not fished.

Thoreau, Henry David

essayist and poet. Wrote "Civil Disobedience"

1817

1862

"Disobedience," influenced Gandhi & Martin Luther King Jr.

 

 

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The squirrel that you kill in jest, dies in earnest.

Thoreau, Henry David

essayist and poet. Wrote "Civil Disobedience"

1817

1862

"Disobedience," influenced Gandhi & Martin Luther King Jr.

 

 

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According to the group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, fish have feelings too. Whenever my sons go fishing they always tell me, "Dad it doesn't hurt a fish to get hooked." Well I watch and I see and I believe it's painful for the fish.

Trump, Donald

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Of all the creatures ever made, Man is the most detestable. He is the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be pain.

Twain, Mark

wrote Tom Saywer & Huckleberry Finn

1835

1910

 

 

 

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You need to hunt something that can shoot back at you to really classify yourself as a hunter. You need to understand the feeling of what it's like to go into the field and know your opposition can take you out. Not just go out there and shoot Bambi.

Ventura, Governor Jesse

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I admit to having worn suede and leather pants myself for a while, but you just never feel clean, and it's degenerate, anyway, to wear animal skins.... So I went back to bluejeans after my degenerate period.

Warhol, Andy

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Once I was fishing and caught the hook in the fish's eye. That was the last time I ate a killed creature (paraphrased).

Barkas, Janet

editor of Grove Press

2000

 

 

 

 

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I went snorkeling and noticed how gently the fish welcomed us into their world.. as compared to the violence with which we welcomed them into ours. I became a vegetarian.

Brinkman, Syndee

National Alliance for Animal Legislation

 

 

 

 

 

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The person who kills for fun is announcing that, could he get away with it, he'd kill you for fun. Your...life may be of no consequence to anyone else but is invaluable to you because it's the only one you've got. Exactly the same is true of each individual deer, hare, rabbit, fox, fish, pheasant and butterfly. Humans should enjoy their own lives, not taking others'.

Brophy, Brigid

English novelist, essayist

1929

1995

 

 

 

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What is it but deliberate massacre when tens of thousands of tame, hand-reared creatures are every year literally driven into the jaws of death and mown down in a peculiarly brutal manner? A perfect roar of guns fills the air; louder tap and yell the beaters, while above the din can be heard the heart-rending cries of wounded hares and rabbits, some of which can be seen dragging themselves away, with legs broken, or turning round and round in their agony before they die! And the pheasants! They are on every side, some rising, some dropping; some lying dead, but the great majority fluttering on the ground wounded; some with both wings broken and a leg; others merely winged, running to hide; others mortally wounded, gasping out their last breath amidst the hellish uproar which surrounds them. And this is called 'sport!'

Dixie, Florence

 

1970

 

 

 

 

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The 1950's American dream of owning a mink coat is as dead as the 60 mink killed to make that coat.

Donnally, Trish

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What is clearer than that man is not furnished for hunting, much less for eating, other animals? In one word, we seem to be admirably admonished by Cicero that man was destined for other things than for seizing and cutting the throats of other animals. If you answer, "that may be said to be an industry ordered by Nature, by which such weapons are invented," then, behold, it is by the very same artificial instrument that men make weapons for mutual slaughter. Do they this at the instigation of Nature? Can a use so noxious be called natural? Faculty is given by Nature, but it is our own fault that we make a perverse use of it.

Gassendi, Pierre

French physicist, philosopher

1592

1655

 

 

 

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When a man wantonly destroys one of the works of man we call him a vandal.  When he destroys one of the works of god we call him a sportsman.

Krutch, Joseph Wood

 

1990

 

 

 

 

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Whether hunting is right or wrong, a spiritual experience, or an outlet for the killer instinct, one thing it is not is a sport.  Sport is when individuals or teams compete against each other under equal circumstances to determine who is better at a given game or endeavor.  Hunting will be a sport when deer, elk, bears, and ducks are... given 12-gauge shotguns.  Bet we'd see a lot fewer drunk yahoos (live ones, anyway) in the woods if that happened.

Lerner, R.

letter, Sierra, March-April 1991

1991

 

 

 

 

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When I was twelve, I went hunting with my father and we shot a bird.  He was laying there and something struck me. Why do we call this fun to kill this creature [who] was as happy as I was when I woke up this morning.

Levy, Marv

American football head coach

1992

 

 

 

 

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The sturgeon take a long time to die on the fishing lines.

McDonnell

TV's TN

 

 

 

 

 

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They are fishes, not fish. (The word fish objectifies these creatures who are often suffocated to death.)

Newkirk, Ingrid

co-founder of PETA

1998

 

 

 

 

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Hunters are to the arms industry what smokers are to the tobacco industry. Smokers get a nicotine rush. Hunters get an adrenalin rush from killing a living being.

R, Jim

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hunting...the least honorable form of war on the weak.

Richard, Paul

 

1828

1896

 

 

 

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That the use of animal food disposes man to cruel and ferocious action is a fact to which the experience of ages gives ample testimony . . . The barbarous and unfeeling "sports" (as they are called) of the English - their horse-racing, hunting, shooting, bull and bear baiting, cock-fighting, prize fighting, and the like, all proceed from their immoderate addiction to animal food. Their natural temper is thereby corrupted, and they are in the habitual and hourly commission of crimes against nature, justice, and humanity, from which a feeling and reflective mind, unaccustomed to such a diet, would revolt, but in which they profess to take delight.

Ritson, Joseph

British poet

1761

1830

 

 

 

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The person I love would never wear fur. Fur just makes me think of shallow women who have no conscience. The fur industry belongs to a time when people were selfish beyond belief. If you were some ancient tribal cheiftain, and there was not a department store nearby 350 years ago, I'd understand. But now, we have synthetic fibers,and it's not necessary. The elitism of fur makes me wanna puke.

Rossdale, Gavin

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The idea that it is funny to see wild animals coerced into acting like clumsy humans, or thrilling to see powerful beasts reduced to cringing cowards by a whipcracking trainer is primitive and medieval. It stems from the old idea that we are superior to other species and have the right to hold dominion over them. Morris, Dr. Desmond anthropologist, animal behaviorist, author          

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Why not just put sterilization hormones in the deer food rather than killing them?

Ryan, Dan

Youngstown talk show host

1996

 

 

 

 

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Get a feel for fur:  Slam your fingers in a car door. (on the use of steel traps to capture fur-bearing animals)

Eckhoff, Vickery

Audubon, Nov. 1990

1990

 

 

 

 

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No one in the world needs a mink coat but a mink.

unknown

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Men hunt I think maybe because they have something wrong with thier own equipment and they need something else to shoot.

Anderson, Pamela

TV, movie personality, Canadian

 

 

 

 

 

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The real cure for our environmental problems is to understand that our job is to salvage Mother Nature...We are facing a formidable enemy in this field. It is the hunters...and to convince them to leave their guns on the wall is going to be very difficult.

Cousteau, Jacques

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it's such a beautiful animal. Well, I think my mother is attractive, but I just keep photographs of her.

DeGeneres, Ellen

actress, comedian U.S.

1999

 

 

 

 

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There are viable (and usually better) alternatives to the use of animals for food, sport, clothing, & experimentation. I beg you to discontinue any actions that might cause or condone animal torture, abuse, or destruction.

Moby

 

 

 

Musician

 

 

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Behind every beautiful fur, there is a story. It is a bloody, barbaric story.

Moore, Mary Tyler

American actress

1936

 

 

 

 

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Hunting is not a sport.  In a sport, both sides should know they're in the game.

Rodriguez, Paul

comedian

1997

 

 

 

 

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Animals give me more pleasure through the viewfinder of a camera than they ever did in the crosshairs of a gunsight. And after I've finished "shooting," my unharmed victims are still around for others to enjoy. I have developed a deep respect for animals. I consider them fellow living creatures with certain rights that should not be violated any more than those of humans.

Stewart, Jimmy

US Actor

1908

1997

 

 

 

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The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of a gun.

Wodehouse, P. G.

English author, Jeeves

1881

1975

 

 

 

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Therefore a person fully absorbed in the bodily concept of life is surely killing himself by not making spiritual progress. Such a person is called pasu-ghna. Especially excluded from spiritual life are the animal hunters, who are not interested in hearing and chanting the holy name of the Lord. Such hunters are always unhappy, both in this life and in the next. It is therefore said that a hunter should neither die nor live because for such persons both living and dying are troublesome.

Bhaktivedanta, Swami A.C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Deer hunting would be fine sport, if only the deer had guns.

Gilbert, William S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Other creatures kill mainly for survival whereas we kill mainly for self-gratification.

Jetha, Akbarali

 

 

 

from "Reflections"

 

 

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It's interesting that we're in jail and the murderers are outside. (The Animal Liberation Front includes industrial agents of vivisection, fur, meat trades etc, who seek to involve the group in the tarbrush of violence and to deflect rivers of energy into sand. The best way to change animal suffering in the world is to stop eating and using animals and to convince others. Nevertheless, God has a different work for each soul, different drummer thoughts for each mind, freedom of conscience and freedom to disobey civilly.)

Medina

releaser of animals in a mink farm

1998

 

 

 

 

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The very people who shudder over the cruelty of the hunter are apt to forget that slaughter, in the grimmest sense of the word, is a process they entrust daily to the butcher; and that unlike the game of the forests, even the dumbest creatures of the slaughterhouse know what is in store for them.

Mumford, Lewis

American historian of technology

1895

1990

 

 

 

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