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We are fighting until every cage is empty, not until every cage is comfortable.

Brady, Danny

ALF email       1

 

 

For many years the media have been afraid of the Goliath power of the meat industry. (But David is coming!)

Fitzgerald, Pegeen

 

 

 

 

1

 

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People who wear fur coats and get paint on them? F--- 'em. It may not be pleasant, but they've contributed to something so awful that I feel like it's justified.

Affleck, Casey

 

 

 

 

1

 

y

A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lose both and deserve neither.

Jefferson, Thomas

3rd U.S. President, chief draft of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution

1743

1826

 

1

 

y

How long can you hear someone crying - how long can you hear someone dying - before you ask yourself why?

Browne, Jackson

musician

1980

 

 

1

 

y

If a nation expects to be both ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.

Jefferson, Thomas

3rd U.S. President, chief draft of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution

1743

1826

 

1

 

y

If something makes you cry; you have to do something about it. That's the difference between politics and guilt. I have news for the forces of greed and the defenders of the status quo: your time has come - and gone.

Clinton, William Jefferson

42nd US President

1946

 

 

1

 

y

It is the fate of every truth to be an object of ridicule when it is first acclaimed. It was once considered foolish to suppose that black men were really human beings and ought to be treated as such. What was once foolish has now become a recognized truth. Today it is considered as exaggeration to proclaim constant respect for every form of life as being the serious demand of a rational ethic. But the time is coming when people will be amazed that the human race existed so long before it recognized that thoughtless injury to life is incompatible with real ethics. Ethics is in its unqualified form extended responsibility to everything that has life.

Schweitzer, Rev. Dr. Albert

German physician, author, Nobel Peace Prize 1952

1875

1965

 

1

 

y

It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.

Franklin, Benjamin

U.S. statesman

1706

1790

 

1

 

y

Let no one be discouraged by the belief there is nothing one person can do against the enormous array of the world's ills, misery, ignorance, and violence. Few will have the greatness to bend history, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. And in the total of all those acts will be written the history of a generation.

Kennedy. Robert F.

U.S. Senator

1925

1968

 

1

 

y

Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.

Twain, Mark

wrote Tom Saywer & Huckleberry Finn

1835

1910

 

1

 

y

Reason and free inquiry are the only effectual agents against error.

Jefferson, Thomas

3rd U.S. President, chief draft of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution

1743

1826

 

1

 

y

The important thing is not to stop questioning.

Einstein, Albert

German physicist, Nobel prize 1921. His Theory of Relativity laid the foundation for our understanding of physical reality.

1879

1955

vegetarian .. took a tiny bite of meat once a year on a Jewish holiday to mollify his wife.

1

 

y

Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Franklin, Benjamin

U.S. statesman

1706

1790

 

1

 

y

You cannot run away from awareness; you must some time fight it out or perish. And if you be so, why not now and where you stand?

Stevenson, Robert Louis

Scottish author, Treasure Isl., Dr. Jekyll & Hyde

1850

1894

 

1

 

y

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

Burke, Edmund

British statesman, philosopher

1729

1797

 

1

 

 

Animal rights has never been about equal rights, but about least harm and rights as fits the species. So a chicken does not need the right to vote, but perhaps should have the right to spread her wings, which is a right that is not applicable to humans.

Loewenthal, Gary

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

Animals cannot speak, but can you and I not speak for them and represent them? Let us all feel their cry of agony and let us all help that cry to be heard in the world.

Arundale, Rukmini Devi

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

Each snowflake in an avalanche pleads not guilty.

Lee, Stanislaw J.

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

Every civilizing step in history has been ridiculed as 'sentimental', 'impractical', or 'womanish', etc., by those whose fun, profit or convenience was at stake.

Gilbert, Joan

 

1931-

 

 

1

 

 

Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.

McLaughlin, Mignon

author

 

 

 

1

 

 

I believe that where the true spirit of government is watchfully attended to, a tenderness toward all creatures will be experienced, and a care felt in us that we do not lessen that sweetness of life in the animal creation which the Great Creator intends for them under our government.

Woolman, John

American colonist, Quaker theologian, abolitionist

1720

1772

 

1

 

 

I have enforced the law against killing certain animals and many others, but the greatest progress of righteousness among men comes from the exhortation in favour of non-injury to life and abstention from killing all living beings.

Asoka

King of India

(273)

(232)

from Asoka's Edicts

1

 

 

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favour freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are people who want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.

Douglass, Frederick

slavery abolitionist, U.S.

1818

1895

 

1

 

 

If we are trespassing, so were the American Soldiers who broke down the gates of Hitler's death camps; If we are thieves, so were the members of the Underground Railroad who freed the slaves of the South; and if we are vandals, so were those who destroyed forever the gas chambers of Buchenwald and Auschwitz.

ALF member

American

1975

 

 

1

 

 

In matters of conscience, the law of majority has no place.

Gandhi, Mahatma

Indian statesman

1869

1948

 

1

 

 

It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.

Adams, Samuel

Revolutionary War leader, gov. of Mass.

1722

1803

 

1

 

 

It is never governments or well funded organizations that affect revolutionary change, but the common people, unwilling to sit back any longer and watch the animals they love be destroyed.

Coronado, Rod

ALF member

 

 

2005

1

 

 

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

 

 

1

 

 

Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.

Pitt, William

British Prime Minister

1759

1806

 

1

 

 

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Mead, Margaret

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

Nonhumans will continue to be exploited until there is a revolution of the human spirit, and that will not happen without visionaries trying to change the paradigm that has become accustomed to and tolerant of patriarchal violence.

Francione, Gary

law professor

 

 

 

1

 

 

Nothing is more powerful than an individual acting out of her (or his) own conscience, thus helping to bring the collective conscience to life.

Cousins, Norman

American author, Anatomy of an Illness

1915

1990

 

1

 

 

Some folks insist that believing in animal rights is like a cult religion. But religions ask followers to believe in things nobody can see, while animal rights advocates ask followers to see things nobody can believe.

Burton, Craig

US novelist, "A Hatful of Pain"

1949

 

 

1

 

 

Take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.

Wiesel, Elie

writer, Nobel laureate

1928

 

 

1

 

 

The animal rights movement is "part of a revolutionary process aimed at restructuring the major institution of society."

Morgan, Dr.

Mobilization for Animals

 

 

 

1

 

 

The liberation of animal life can only be achieved through the radical transformation of human consciousness and the overthrow of the existing power structure.

Transpecies Unlimited

Chicago area

1993

now

Now called "Animal Rights Mobilization" (ARM)

1

 

 

The position we hold-the abolitionist position-is often said to be "extreme," and those of us who hold it are said to be "extremists." The unspoken suggestions are that extreme positions cannot be right and that extremists must be wrong.
But I am an extremist when it comes to rape-I am against it all the time. I am an extremist when it comes to child abuse- I am against it all the time. I am an extremist when it comes to sexual discrimination, racial discrimination-I am against it all the time. I am an extremist when it comes to abuse of the elderly- I am against it all the time. The plain fact is, moral truth often is extreme, and must be, for when the injustice is absolute, then one must oppose it-absolutely.

Regan, Tom

professor of philosophy, NC State. Wrote Case for Animal Rights

 

 

www.lib.ncsu.edu/arights/

1

 

 

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

King, Martin Luther Jr.

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

Never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.

King, Martin Luther Jr.

 

 

 

 

1

   
There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.

Thoreau, Henry David

essayist and poet

1817

1862

from Walden, 1854

1

 

 

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.

Wiesel, Elie

writer, Nobel laureate

1928

 

 

1

 

 

Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter.

African proverb

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

Until we can own our centuries old distortion of God's word, we will probably never really move off the dime in current distortions of God's word. There is no special merit in declaring that what we hold now is part of the "faith once delivered to the saints" or "the church's teaching from the beginning." We have been consistently right in some things -- consistently wrong in others. I believe... that our "teaching" has often been racist and misogynist -- not always through our documents, but with winks, jokes, the language of our prayers, exclusionary policies and actions and the toleration of domestic violence and violence against minorities. This is not rocket science. When we do not intervene in long patterns of abuse, we tolerate and support that abuse -- and our silence speaks our doctrine, doesn't it?

Woodward, Rev. Tom

 

2005

 

 

1

 

 

We live in a world which is full of misery and ignorance, and the plain duty of each and all of us is to try to make the little corner he can influence somewhat less miserable and somewhat less ignorant than it was before he entered it.

Huxley, Thomas

 

1825

1895

 

1

 

 

Why do we make one reform topic a hobby and forget all others? Mercy, Prohibition, Vegetarianism, Woman's Suffrage and Peace would make Old Earth a paradise, and yet the majority advocate but one, if any, of these.

Neff, Flora T.

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

You are not required to complete the task of repairing the world, neither are you free to abstain from it.

Avot, Pirke

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look on the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.

Da Vinci, Leonardo

artist, scientist

1452

1519

fervent vegetarian that was known for purchasing live birds from market to set them free

2

 

y

The Anti-Vivisector does not deny that physiologists must make experiments and even take chances with new methods. He says that they must not seek knowledge by criminal methods, just as they must not make money by criminal methods. He does not object to Galileo dropping cannon balls from the top of the leaning tower of Pisa; but he would object to shoving off two dogs or American tourists.

Shaw, George Bernard

Irish playwright, Nobel prize 1925

1856

1950

vegetarian

2

3

y

The reasons for legal intervention in favour of children apply not less strongly to the case of those unfortunate slaves and victims of the most brutal part of mankind - the animals.

Mill, John Stuart

British philosopher, a founder of utilitarianism

1806

1873

In discussing the need for child labor laws

2

 

y

Family farmers are victims of public policy that gives preference to feeding animals over feeding people. This has encouraged the cheap grain policy of this nation and has made the Beef Cartel the biggest hog at the trough.

Lyman, Howard

Director of Beyond Beef, former lobbyist for Farmers Union

1938

 

 

2

 

 

The dissolution of commercial animal farming as we know it obviously requires more than our individual commitment to vegetarianism. To refuse on principle to buy products of the meat industry is to do what is right, but it is not to do enough. To recognize the rights of animals is to recognize the related duty to defend them against those who violate their rights, and to discharge this duty requires more than our individual abstention. It requires acting to bring about those changes that are necessary if the rights of these animals are not to be violated. Fundamentally, then, it requires a revolution in our culture's thought about, and its accepted treatment of, farm animals... But prejudices die hard, all the more so when they are insulated by widespread secular customs and religious beliefs, sustained by large and powerful economic interests, and protected by the common law. To overcome the collective entropy of those forces against change will not be easy. The animal rights movement is not for the faint heart.

Regan, Tom

professor of philosophy, NC State. Wrote Case for Animal Rights

 

 

www.lib.ncsu.edu/arights/

2

 

 

The oath I took as an inspector said if I ever saw anything wrong I was supposted to report it. But today I can't report anything.Today, if you blow your whistle, you're in trouble with the inspection service. I feel the oath I took is violated every day I work.

Freeman, William

former meat inspector

 

 

 

2

 

 

Cruelty has cursed the human family for countless ages. It is almost impossible for one to be cruel to animals and kind to humans. If children are permitted to be cruel to their pets and other animals, they easily learn to get the same pleasure from the misery of fellow-humans. Such tendencies can easily lead to crime.

McGrand, Fred A.

 

1895

 

 

2

 

 

Most of us are able to obtain an abundance of nonflesh foods that can keep us robustly healthy our whole lives. With such a variety of nonanimal foods available, who would choose to support the slaughter mills and foster the misery involved in factory farming by continuing to eat flesh? . . . It is sad to see how many American Buddhists are managing to find a self-satisfying accommodation to eating meat . . . [In the first Bodhisattva vow of Mahayana Buddhism] we commit our compassion to all beings, not just humans. Eschewing meat is one way to express that commitment to the welfare of other creatures.

Kjolhede, Bodhin

Abbot of the Rochester Zen Center and Zen master

1994

 

from The Buddhist Review

2

 

 

Out of 135 criminals, including robbers and rapists, 118 admitted that when they were children they burned, hanged and stabbed domestic animals.

Ogonyok

Soviet anti-cruelty magazine

1979

 

 

2

 

 

The recommended daily allowances are based on arbitrary, unscientific, and tainted standards (in a speech about his bill backed by 37 senators to reduce the power of the FDA)

Proxmire, William

U.S. Senator

1990

 

 

2

 

 

The standard four food groups are based on American agricultural lobbies. Why do we have a milk group? Because we have a National Dairy Council. Why do we have a meat group? Because we have an extremely powerful meat lobby.

Nestle, Marion

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

The tzaddik (righteous person) acts according to the laws of justice; not only does he act according to these laws with human beings, but also with animals.

Michel, Rabbi Meir Leibush ben Yechiel

chief Rabbi of Romania

1809

1887

important Jewish Biblical commentator

2

 

 

We should be able to refuse to live if the price of living be the torture of sentient beings.

Gandhi, Mahatma

Indian statesman

1869

1948

 

2

 

 

100,000 cows in the U.S. are alive at night and dead in the morning. These cows on the ground are ground into feed, making their fellows not only carnivores but cannibals. Europe after Mad Cows' Disease has banned this practice. The U.S has not yet.

Lyman, Howard

Director of Beyond Beef, former lobbyist for Farmers Union

1938

 

 

3

 

 

An infallible characteristic of meanness is cruelty. Men who have practiced tortures on animals without pity, relating them without shame, how can they still hold their heads among human beings?

Johnson, Samuel

British novelist, author the first dictionary of the English language

1709

1784

 

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