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As we talked of freedom and justice one day for all, we sat down to steaks. I am eating misery, I thought, as I took the first bite. And spit it out.

Walker, Alice

author, The Color Purple

1944

 

 

1

 

y

At the moment our human world is based on the suffering and destruction of millions of non-humans. To perceive this and to do something to change it in personal and public ways is to undergo a change of perception akin to a religious conversion. Nothing can ever be seen in quite the same way again because once you have admitted the terror and pain of other species you will, unless you resist conversion, be always aware of the endless permutations of suffering that support our society.

Conan-Doyle, Sir Arthur

English physician, author, Sherlock Holmes

1859

1930

 

1

 

y

I know, in my soul, that to eat a creature who is raised to be eaten, and who never has a chance to be a real being, is unhealthy. It's like...you're just eating misery. You're eating a bitter life.

Walker, Alice

author, The Color Purple

1944

 

 

1

 

y

Martin Luther King taught us all nonviolence. I was told to extend nonviolence to the mother and her calf.

Gregory, Dick

US comedian

1932

 

 

1

 

y

Pigs may not be as cuddly as kittens or puppies, but they suffer just as much.

Cromwell, James

English actor, Babe

1940

 

 

1

 

y

She gave up eating pork three years ago, despite her proud pork-loving, half-Cuban heritage, because she was told pigs share the same mental capacity as 3-year-old children. 'My niece was 3 at the time, which is a magical age,' she said, horrified. 'I thought, Oh, my god, it's like eating my niece!' This, then, also put an end to her preferred hangover cure: Egg McMuffins with Canadian bacon, natch, and beer.

Diaz, Cameron

 

 

 

 

1

 

y

We consume the carcasses of creatures of like appetites, passions and organs with our own, and fill the slaughterhouses daily with screams of fear and pain.

Stevenson, Robert Louis

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

1850

1894

 

1

 

y

We manage to swallow flesh only because we do not think of the cruel and sinful thing that we do.  Cruelty... is a fundamental sin, and admits of no arguments or nice distinctions.  If only we do not allow our heart to grow callous, it protests against cruelty, is always clearly heard; and yet we go on perpetrating cruelties easily, merrily, all of us - in fact, anyone who does not join in is dubbed a crank.

Tagore, Rabindranath

Bengali educator, poet, Nobel Prize winner 1913

1861

1941

composer of India's National Anthem

1

 

y

We stopped eating meat many years ago. During the course of a Sunday lunch we happened to look out of the kitchen window at our young lambs playing happily in the fields. Glancing down at our plates, we suddenly realized that we were eating the leg of an animal who had until recently been playing in a field herself. We looked at each other and said, "Wait a minute, we love these sheep--they're such gentle creatures. So why are we eating them?" It was the last time we ever did.

McCartney, Paul & Linda

English musicians, Beatles

1942

 

 

1

 

y

Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.

Schweitzer, Rev. Dr. Albert

German physician, author, Nobel Peace Prize 1952

1875

1965

 

1

 

y

Animals are being exploited in such an unbelievable way; it's not acceptable. PETA is trying to get your attention, and they're successful at it. ... If you talk to people who grew up on a farm, they'll tell you that they had an experience where they were taking care of a cow, and one day their parents took it away and killed it. It's a torturous experience for them, and that's when they became hard. People are taught to be grown-up or whatever, and that's dumb. That bond they had with that cow or chicken was real.

Silverstone, Alicia

American actress

1997

 

 

1

 

y

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

Moore, Mary Tyler

American actress

1936

 

 

1

 

y

But man to whom alone is given/ A ray direct from pitying /Heaven Glories in his heart humane /And creatures for his pleasure slain.

Burns, Robert

Scotish poet. On Scaring Some Waterfowl

1759

1796

 

1

 

y

How pitiful, and what poverty of mind, to have said that the animals are machines deprived of understanding and feeling . . . has Nature arranged all the springs of feeling in this animal to the end that he might not feel? Has he nerves that he may he incapable of suffering? People must have renounced, it seems to me, all natural intelligence to dare to advance that animals are but animated machines . . . It appears to me, besides, that [such people] can never have observed with attention the character of animals, not to have distinguished among them the different Voices of need, of suffering, of joy, of pain, of love, of anger, and of all their affections. It would be very strange that they should express so well what they could not feel. . . . They are endowed with life as we are, because they have the same principles of life, the same feelings, the same ideas, memory, industry—as we.

Voltaire

French author, quote from Trate sur la tolerance

1694

1778

 

1

 

y

Humans - who enslave, castrate, experiment on, and fillet other animals - have had an understandable penchant for pretending animals do not feel pain. A sharp distinction between humans and "animals" is essential if we are to bend them to our will, make them work for us, wear them, eat them - without any disquieting tinges of guilt or regret. It is unseemly of us, who often behave so unfeelingly toward other animals, to contend that only humans can suffer. The behavior of other animals renders such pretensions specious. They are just too much like us.

Sagan, Dr. Carl & Druyan, Ann

US astronomer, quote from Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, 1992

1934

1996

 

1

 

y

I have been a vegetarian for about 10 years. And it really was due to the reading that I did. And they explain so that you understand why it's important for the planet's survival along with compassion for animals. It certainly made it much easier for me. I lost weight really fast. My mother died from cancer so this is all very personal to me. And I just would like the planet to be a better place. And I think you'll find a vegetarian diet to be really incredible these days.

Blair, Linda

 

 

 

 

1

 

y

I must interpret the life about me as I interpret the life that is my own. My life is full of meaning to me. The life around me must be full of significance to itself. If I am to expect others to respect my life, then I must respect the other life I see, however strange it may be to mine. . . . We need a boundless ethics which will include the animals also.

Schweitzer, Rev. Dr. Albert

German physician, author, Nobel Peace Prize 1952

1875

1965

Civilization and Ethics

1

 

y

In order to satisfy one human stomach, so many lives are taken away. We must promote vegetarianism. It is extremely important.

Lama, Dalai, His Holiness

The XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet

1935

 

Live In a Better Way, 2001

1

 

y

In our approach to life, be it pragmatic or otherwise, the ultimate truth that confronts us squarely and unmistakably is the desire for peace, security and happiness. Different forms of life in different aspects of existence make up the teeming denizens of this earth of ours. And, no matter whether they belong to the higher group as human beings or to the lower group, the animals, all beings primarily seek peace, comfort and security. Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to a man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not to die, so do other creatures.

Lama, Dalai, His Holiness

The XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet

1935

 

speaking at World Vegetarian Congress, 1967

1

 

y

Intellectually, human beings and animals may be different, but it's pretty obvious that animals have a rich emotional life and that they feel joy and pain. It's easy to forget the connection between a hamburger and the cow it came from. But I forced myself to acknowledge the fact that every time I ate a hamburger, a cow had ceased to breathe and moo and walk around.

Moby

 

 

 

Musician

1

 

y

Let no one regard as light the burden of his responsibility. While so much ill-treatment of animals goes on, while the moans of thirsty animals in railway trucks sound unheard, while so much brutality prevails in our slaughterhouses ... we all bear guilt. Everything that lives has value as a living thing, as one of the manifestations of the mystery that is life.

Schweitzer, Rev. Dr. Albert

German physician, author, Nobel Peace Prize 1952

1875

1965

 

1

 

y

Never again may blood of bird or beast/ Stain with its venomous stream a human feast,/ To the pure skies in accusation steaming. "I wish no living thing to suffer pain."

Shelley, Percy Bysshe

English poet, quote from Queen Mab Notes

1792

1822

author of A Vindication of Natural Diet in defense of vegetarianism

1

 

y

No longer now/ He slays the lamb that looks him in the face,/ And horribly devours his mangled flesh;/ Which, still avenging nature's broken law,/ Kindled all putrid humours in his frame,/ All evil passions, and all vain belief,/ Hatred, despair, and loathing in his mind,/ The germs of misery, death, disease, and crime."

Shelley, Percy Bysshe

English poet, quote from Queen Mab Notes

1792

1822

author of A Vindication of Natural Diet in defense of vegetarianism

1

 

y

Now I can look at you in peace; I don't eat you anymore. Looking at fish in aquarium

Kafka, Franz

Czech author

1883

1924

 

1

 

y

Please put the ladybug outside without harming her. (to his butler)

Churchill, Sir Winston

English statesman

1874

1965

 

1

 

y

The thing that has been weighing on my mind this week is that I wanted to go and save all the little live lobsters in restaurants and throw them back in the ocean. Imagine me being arrested for that.

Barrymore, Drew

 

 

 

 

1

 

y

The thinking man must oppose all cruel customs no matter how deeply rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo. When we have a choice, we must avoid bringing torment and injury into the life of another, even the lowliest creature; to do so is to renounce our manhood and shoulder a guilt which nothing justifies.

Schweitzer, Rev. Dr. Albert

German physician, author, Nobel Peace Prize 1952

1875

1965

 

1

 

y

There is no fundamental difference between man and the higher mammals in their mental faculties.... The difference in mind between man and the higher animals, great as it is, certainly is one of degree and not of kind. We have seen that the senses and intuitions, the various emotions and faculties, such as love, memory, attention and curiosity, imitation, reason, etc., of which man boasts, may be found in an incipient, or even sometimes a well-developed condition, in the lower animals.

Darwin, Charles

English scientist

1809

1882

 

1

 

y

We are compelled by the commandment of love contained in our hearts and thought, and proclaimed by Jesus, to give rein to our natural sympathy for animals. We are also compelled to help them and spare them suffering.

Schweitzer, Rev. Dr. Albert

German physician, author, Nobel Peace Prize 1952

1875

1965

 

1

 

y

Whenever I visit a market and see the chickens crowded together in tiny cages that give them no room to move around and spread their wings and the fish slowly drowning in the air, my heart goes out to them. People have to learn to think about animals in a different way, as sentient beings who love life and fear death. I urge everyone who can to adopt a compassionate vegetarian diet.

Lama, Dalai, His Holiness

The XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet

1935

 

speech 1998

1

 

y

You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity. In Fate

Emerson, Ralph Waldo

American author

1803

1882

 

1

 

y

We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.

Inge, Rev. William Ralph

Anglican priest, Prof. Divinity, Oxford

1860

1954

Outspoken Essays, 1922

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3

 

Animals are often transported long distances and subjected to great suffering in reaching a market. Taken from the green pastures and traveling for weary miles over the hot, dusty roads, or crowded into filthy cars, feverish and exhausted, often for many hours deprived of food and water, the poor creatures are driven to their death, that human beings may feast on the carcasses.

White, Ellen

co-founder Seventh Day Adventists

1827

1915

 

1

 

 

Every particle of factual evidence supports the factual contention that the higher mammalian vertebrates experience pain sensations at least as acute as our own. To say that they feel pain less because they are lower animals is an absurdity; it can easily be shown that many of their senses are far more acute than ours - visual acuity in certain birds, hearing in most wild animals, and touch in others; these animals depend more than we do today on a the sharpest possible awareness of a hostile environment. Apart from the complexity of the cerebral cortex (which does not directly perceive pain) their nervous systems are almost identical to ours and their reaction to pain remarkably similar, though lacking (so far as we know) the philosophical and moral overtones. The emotional element is all too evident, mainly in the form of fear and anger.

Serjeant, Richard

wrote "The Spectrum of Pain", 1969

 

 

 

1

 

 

I do not like eating meat because I have seen lambs and pigs killed. I saw and felt their pain. They felt their approaching death. I could not bear it. I cried like a child. I ran up a hill and could not breathe. I felt that I was choking. I felt the death of the lamb.

Nijinsky, Vaslav

Russian ballet dancer and choreographer

1889

1950

 

1

 

 

In the early 80's I witnessed a Calgary Stampede.. and saw a calf whose neck was apparently broken from the roping. (A horizontal hanging can occur).

Papes, Don

 

1990

 

 

1

 

 

Objectification reduces sensitivity. Thus cows are called beef or head of cattle, pigs become pork, sheep mutton. The screams are muted.. and living creatures become plastic wrapped packages.

Fruitarian Network

 

2000

 

 

1

 

 

The awful cruelty and terror to which tens of thousands of animals killed for human food are subjected in traveling long distances by ship and rail and road to the slaughterhouses of the world.. God disapproves of all cruelty.. whether to man or beast. The occupation of slaughtering animals is brutalizing to those who are required to do the work.... I believe this matter is well worthy of the serious consideration of Christian leaders.

Booth, Mrs. and Booth, General Bramwell

daughter-in-law and son of the founder of the Salvation Army

1856

1929

 

1

 

 

The awful wrongs and sufferings forced upon the innocent, faithful animal race, form the blackest chapter in the whole world's history.

Freeman, Edward Augustus

Regius Professor of Modern History, Oxford

1823

1892

 

1

 

 

Very few people question that it is an act of kindness to put an animal painlessly to death if it is injured beyond possibility of a pain-free future; or that it is better to neuter pets than to allow thousands of unwanted litters to be born. But mention it might be better for a breeding sow in a farrowing crate if she had never been born, and you will be met with chants of "Any life is better than no life". Humans have an odd way of finding pleasure in activities that bring them pleasure, or profit, or both.

Humphries, Bronwen

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

Yet saddest of all fates, surely, is to have lost that sense of the holiness of life altogether; that we commit the blasphemy of bringing thousands of lives to a cruel and terrifying death or of making those lives a living death -- and feel nothing.

Baker, Rev. Dr. John Austin

Bishop of Salisbury, England 1982-1993

1985

 

 

1

 

 

. . there is one other thought closely allied to this. What of our duties to our fellow-men? And here I appeal particularly to my own sex, because women are supposed to be rather the standard in the community of refinement, of gentleness, of compassion, of tenderness, of purity. But no one can eat the flesh of a slaughtered animal without having used the hand of a man as slaughterer. Suppose that we had to kill for ourselves the creatures whose bodies we would fain have upon our table, is there one woman in a hundred who would go to the slaughterhouse to slay the bullock, the calf, the sheep or the pig? . . . But if we could not do it, nor see it done; if we are so refined that we cannot allow close contact between ourselves and the butchers who furnish this food; if we feel that they are so coarsened by their trade that their very bodies are made repulsive by the constant contact of the blood with which they must be continually besmirched; if we recognize the physical coarseness which results inevitably from such contact, dare we call ourselves refined if we purchase our refinement by the brutalization of others, and demand that some should be brutal in order that we may eat the results of their brutality? We are not free from the brutalizing results of that trade simply because we take no direct part in it.

Besant, Dr. Annie

2nd Pres of Theooophical Society, elected in 1907. An antivivisectionist, supporter of women's suffrage, and worked for the regeneration of India.

1847

1933

from speech given in Manchester UK, 18 Oct. 1897. In 1898 she founded the Central Hindu College in Benares.

1

 

 

A good deed done to an animal is as meritorious as a good deed done to a human being, while an act of cruelty to an animal is as bad as an act of cruelty to a human being.

Mohammed, The Prophet

 

570

632

 

1

 

 

A hamburger stops a beating heart

unknown

 

 

 

on T-shirt

1

 

 

All beings tremble before violence. All fear death, all love life. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do?

Buddha

 

(563)

(483)

 

1

 

 

All living things love their life, desire pleasure and do not like pain; they dislike any injury to themselves; everybody is desirous of life and to every being, his life is very dear.

Yogashastra (Jain Scripture)

 

(500)

 

 

1

 

 

All the arguments to prove man's superiority can not shatter this hard fact: In suffering, the animals are our equals.

Singer, Peter

Australian professor, author "Animal Liberation"

1946

 

 

1

 

 

Although other animals cannot reason or speak the way humans do, this does not give us the right to do with them as we like. Even though our supposed possession of a soul and superior intelligence are used to create an arbitrary dividing line over rights, the fact remains that all animals have the capacity to experience pain and suffering, and in suffering they are our equals.

Altman, Nathaniel

 

1948

 

 

1

 

 

An individual animal doesn't care if its species is facing extinction - it cares if it is feeling pain.

Lee, Ronnie

 

1951

 

 

1

 

 

Animals are sentient beings with an intrinsic worth.

Winberg, Margareta

Swedish Agricultural Minister

 

 

speaking to an EU conference focusing on humane treatment of animals in Europe

1

 

 

Anything that can feel pain should not be put to pain.

Dolgin, R. M.

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

Because the heart beats under a covering of hair, of fur, feathers, or wings, it is, for that reason, to be of no account?

Richter, Jean Paul

German pastor, teacher

1763

1825

1st person in history to decipher Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks

1

 

 

Deliberate cruelty to our defenseless and beautiful little cousins is surely one of the meanest and most detestable vices of which a human being can be guilty.

Inge, Rev. William Ralph

Anglican priest, Prof. Divinity, Oxford

1860

1954

Outspoken Essays, 1922

1

 

 

For the sake of love of purity, the Bodhisattva should refrain from eating flesh, which is born of semen, blood, etc. For fear of causing terror to living beings let the Bodhisattva, who is disciplining himself to attain compassion, refrain from eating flesh... It is not true that meat is proper food and permissible when the animal was not killed by himself, when he did not order others to kill it, when it was not specially meant for him. Again, there may be some people in the future who ... being under the influence of the taste for meat will string together in various ways sophistic arguments to defend meat eating. But... meat eating in any form, in any manner, and in any place is unconditionally and once for all prohibited... Meat eating I have not permitted to anyone, I do not permit, I will not permit.

Lankavatara Sutra

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

I am not basically a conservationist. When the last great whale is slaughtered, as it surely will be, the whales' suffering will be over. This is not the whales' loss, but man's. I am not concerned about the wiping out of a species - this is man's folly - I have only one concern, the suffering which we deliberately inflict upon animals whilst they live.

Hollands, Clive

 

1929

 

 

1

 

 

I ask for the privilege of not being born ...not to be born until you can assure me of a home and a master to protect me, and a right to live as long as I am physically able to enjoy life...not to be born until my body is precious and men have ceased to exploit it because it is cheap and plentiful.

unknown

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

I consider the 3 most cruelly produced foods to be from lobsters, dropped alive into boiling water, veal from calves separated from their mothers and kept in crates, and pate de foie gras. (Pate de foie gras is covered in the film Mondo Kane which shows the force feeding of geese. Food is stuffed down their throats with a pole.. when they want to regurgitate.. a brass ring is tied around the throat.. the excess food creates a stuffed liver pleasing to gourmets.) (Caviar comes from the ripping out of the ovaries of the mother sturgeon fish.)

Amory, Cleveland

Harvard Crimson editor, TV Guide, Parade columnist

1917

1998

 

1

 

 

I know of no more beautiful prayer than that which the Hindus of old used in closing: May all that have life be delivered from suffering.

Schopenhauer, Arthur

German philosopher, from On the Basis of Morality

1788

1860

 

1

 

 

In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self, and should therefore refrain from inflicting upon others such injury as would appear undesirable to us if inflicted upon ourselves.

Yogashastra (Jain Scripture)

 

(500)

 

 

1

 

 

Killing an animal is not the same thing as mowing the grass. A life ends. That's something you take seriously. What does the word 'sacred' mean? You do not treat it as an ordinary thing. Killing cattle is not the same as running grain through a mill.

Grandin, Temple, Ph.D.

board mem. of U.S. meat industry's Livestock Conservation Institute

 

 

Assist. Prof of Animal Science at Colorado State Univ.

1

 

 

Let us pray that our food should not be colored with animal blood and human suffering.

Chitrabhanuji

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

Living creatures possess a moving soul and a certain spiritual superiority which in this respect make them similar to those who possess intellect (people) and they have the power of affecting their welfare and their food and they flee from pain and death.

Nachmanides

Rabbi

1194

1270

philosopher, physician, Kabalah scholar, mystic

1

 

 

Man is not the pedestalled creature pictured by his imagination - a being glittering with prerogatives, and towering apart from and above all other beings. He is a pain-shunning, pleasure-seeking, death-dreading organism, differing in particulars, but not in kind, from the pain-shunning, pleasure-seeking, death-dreading organisms below and around him.

Moore, J. Howard

Chicago, professor of Zoology

1862

1916

wrote "The Universal Kinship"

1

 

 

Never believe that animals suffer less than humans. Pain is the same for them that it is for us. Even worse, because they cannot help themselves.

Camuti, Dr. Louis J.

 

1893

1981

 

1

 

 

No sensitive person would eat flesh if he or she had to do the skull-breaking, slaughtering, strangling, shooting, blood-letting, skinning and disemboweling, and live in the stench and among the agonised cries of the victims.

Rudd, Geoffrey

English anthropologist, author

 

 

Secretary of International Vegetarian Union in 1965

1

 

 

Not having known anything better does not alleviate the suffering of the animal. Its fundamental desires remain and it is the frustration of those desires that is a great part of its suffering. There are so many examples: the dairy cow who is never allowed to raise her young, the battery hen who can never walk or stretch her wings, the sow who can never build a nest or root for food in the forest litter, etc. Eventually we frustrate the animal's most fundamental desire of all - to live.

Cowles-Hamar, David

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

Pain is pain, whether it is inflicted on man or on beast; and the creature that suffers it, whether man or beast, being sensible of the misery of it whilst it lasts, suffers Evil…

Primatt, Rev. Humphrey

Anglican priest

1736

1779

from A Dissertation on the Duty of Mercy and the Sin of Cruelty to Brute Animals (1776)

1

 

 

Refrain at all times from such foods as cannot be procured without violence and oppression. For know that all the inferior creatures when hurt do cry and send forth the complaints to their Maker or grand Fountain whence they proceeded. Be not insensible that every creature does bear the Image of the great Creator according to the Nature of each, and that He is the Vital Power in all things. Therefore let none take pleasure to offer violence to that life, lest he awaken the fierce wrath and bring danger to his own soul.

Tryon, Thomas

British author, pacifist, abolitionist, feminist

1634

1703

 

1

 

 

So long as men are compassionate to such a degree that they cannot hear a fly struggling in a spider's web without emotion it can never be reasonably maintained that it is their natural impulse to wound and kill the dumb animals, or to butcher one another in what is called the field of honour.

Newton, John

author, vegetarian advocate

1770

1827

 

1

 

 

Some will take refuge in the old cliché that humans are different from other animals. But when did a difference justify a moral prejudice? When did those with black hair have a right to mistreat those with red hair...or even those with blue or purple hair...Surely the crucial similarity that men share with other animals is the capacity to suffer? Regardless of the number of legs or the woolliness of our fur, we can all suffer...

Ryder, Richard D.

English scientist, author

1940

 

 

1

 

 

That's one sad, unhappy, upset cow. She wants her baby. Bellowing for it, hunting for it. It's like grieving, mourning––not much written about it. People don't like to allow them thoughts or feelings. (referring to a reaction of a mother cow when her calf was taken from her)

Grandin, Temple, Ph.D.

board mem. of U.S. meat industry's Livestock Conservation Institute

 

 

Assist. Prof of Animal Science at Colorado State Univ.

1

 

 

The brute animals have all the same sensations of pain as human beings, and consequently endure as much pain when their body is hurt; but in their case the cruelty of torment is greater, because they have no mind to bear them up against their sufferings, and no hope to look forward to when enduring the last extreme pain.

Chalmers, Rev. Thomas

Scottish Presbyterian, Prof. of Moral Philosophy St. Andrew’s Univ.,

1780

1847

Prof. of Theology Edinburgh Univ., social reformer

1

 

 

The butcher relenteth not at the bleating of the lamb; neither is the heart of the cruel moved with distress. But the tears of the compassionate are sweeter than dew-drops, falling from roses on the bosom of spring.

Amenohis IV aka Akhenaton

Egyptian pharoah, revolutionary, "The Heretic King

(1353)

(1335)

Banned animal sacrifice and traditional Egyptian religion and instituted a religion based on compassion and monotheism

1

 

 

The day may come when the rest of animal creation may acquire those rights which could never have been withheld from them but by the hand of tyranny...a full-grown horse or dog is beyond comparison a more rational, as well as a more conversable animal, than an infant of a day, or a week or even a month old. But suppose the case were otherwise, what would it avail? The question is not, can they reason? Nor can they talk? But can they suffer? Why should the law refuse its protection to any sensitive being? The time will come when humanity will extend its mantle over everything which breathes.

Bentham, Jeremy

Child prodigy, philosopher, attorney, Oxford Univ.

1748

1832

Mastered Latin at 3 and entered Oxford at 12, a founder of utilitarianism. from Principles of Morals and Legislation

1

 

 

The moral evils of a flesh diet are not less marked than are the physical ills. Flesh food is injurious to health, and whatever affects the body has a corresponding effect on the mind and the soul. Think of the cruelty to animals meat-eating involves, and its effect on those who inflict and those who behold it. How it destroys the tenderness with which we should regard those creatures of God!

White, Ellen

co-founder Seventh Day Adventists

1827

1915

 

1

 

 

The old assumption that animals acted exclusively by instinct, while man had a monopoly of reason, is, we think, maintained by few people nowadays who have any knowledge at all about animals. We can only wonder that so absurd a theory could have been held for so long a time as it was, when on all sides the evidence of animals’ power of reasoning is crushing.

Bell, Ernest

International Vegetarian Union Congress President (UK) , 1923-1926

1851

1933

Pres. of Vegetarian Society, Manchester, UK

1

 

 

The saints are exceedingly loving and gentle to mankind, and even to brute beasts. . . . Surely we ought to show [animals] great kindness and gentleness for many reasons, but, above all, because they are of the same origin as ourselves.

Chrysotom, Saint John

the most authentic Christian Literary Advocate of his time

347

407

 

1

 

 

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.

Malbim, The

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

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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There can be no justification for causing suffering to animals simply to serve man's pleasure or simply to enhance man's lifestyle."

York, The Dean of

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

There is much evidence showing that animals have sophisticated systems for regulating their lives and that they are much disturbed if they cannot control certain aspects of what happens to them. There is also good evidence for elaborate systems for detecting and responding to painful stimuli.

Fraser, A. F. & Broom, D. M.

Fraser: Mem. U. of Newfoundland; Broom: Prof. of Animal Welfare at Cambridge

 

 

in their book Farm Animal Behavior and Welfare

1

 

 

Think of me tonite, For that which you savor. Did it give you something real, or could you taste the pain of my death in its flavor?

Tolson, Wayne K.

from Food Forethought

 

 

 

1

 

 

This [eating animals] appears from the frequent hard-heartedness and cruelty found among those persons whose occupations engage them in destroying animal life, as well as from the uneasiness which others feel in beholding the butchery of animals. It is most evident in respect to the larger animals and those with whom we have a familiar intercourse—such as oxen, sheep, and domestic fowls, etc. They resemble us greatly in the make of the body, in general, and in that of the particular organs of circulation, respiration, digestion, etc.; also in the formation of their intellects, memories and passions, and in the signs of distress, fear, pain and death. They often, likewise, win our affections by the marks of peculiar sagacity, by their instincts, helplessness, innocence, nascent benevolence, etc., and if there be any glimmering hope of an ‘hereafter’ for them—if they should prove to be our brethren and sisters in this higher sense—in immortality as well as mortality, in the permanent principle of our minds as well as in the frail dust of our bodies—this ought to be still further reason for tenderness for them.

Hartley, David

 

1705

1757

 

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To see the convulsions, agonies and tortures of a poor fellow-creature, whom they cannot restore nor recompense, dying to gratify luxury and tickle callous and rank organs, must require a rocky heart, and a great degree of cruelty and ferocity. I cannot find any great difference between feeding on human flesh and feeding on animal flesh, except custom and practice.

Cheyne, George

Scottish physician, medical author, early nutrition expert

1671

1743

 

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Veganism denotes a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as possible and practical, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose; and by extension promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals, and the environment.

Watson, Donald

invented the word "vegan"

1910

2005

England, 1940s

1

 

 

We find amongst animals, as amongst men, power of feeling pleasure, power of feeling pain; we see them moved by love and by hate; we see them feeling terror and attraction; we recognize in them powers of sensation closely akin to our own, and while we transcend them immensely in intellect, yet in mere passional characteristics our natures and the animals’ are closely allied. We know that when they feel terror, that terror means suffering. We know that when a wound is inflicted, that wound means pain to them. We know that threats bring to them suffering; they have a feeling of shrinking, of fear, of absence of friendly relations, and at once we begin to see that in our relations to the animal kingdom a duty arises which all thoughtful and compassionate minds should recognize—the duty that because we are stronger in mind than the animals, we are or ought to be their guardians and helpers, not their tyrants and oppressors, and we have no right to cause them suffering and terror merely for the gratification of the palate, merely for an added luxury to our own lives.

Besant, Dr. Annie

2nd Pres of Theooophical Society, elected in 1907. An antivivisectionist, supporter of women's suffrage, and worked for the regeneration of India.

1847

1933

from speech given in Manchester UK, 18 Oct. 1897. In 1898 she founded the Central Hindu College in Benares.

1

 

 

When it comes to having a central nervous system, and the ability to feel pain, hunger, and thirst, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy.

Newkirk, Ingrid

co-founder of PETA

1990

 

 

1

 

 

When we recognise that unity of all living things, then at once arises the question - how can we support this life of ours with least injury to the lives around us; how can we prevent our own life adding to the suffering of the world in which we live?

Besant, Dr. Annie

A great reformer, an antivivisectionist

1847

1933

from speech given in Manchester UK, 18 Oct. 1897

1

 

 

My wife, Kimora, once told me while we were watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre that that's a vegetarian movie. The way that woman was screaming, "Aaaahhh," and she's running away that's how every animal you eat is running for his life ...

Simmons, Russell

 

 

 

 

2

1

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If you could see or feel the suffering you wouldn't think twice. Give back life. Don't eat meat.

Basinger, Kim

actress

1953

 

 

2

 

y

This [video footage from the movie Babe] is the way Americans want to think of pigs. Real-life "Babes" see no sun in their limited lives, with no hay to lie on, no mud to roll in. The sows live in tiny cages, so narrow they can’t even turn around. They live over metal grates, and their waste is pushed through slats beneath them and flushed into huge pits.

Safer, Morley

Canadian, 60 Minutes TV, Pork Power 1997

1931

 

 

2

 

y

When I was old enough to realize all meat was killed, I saw it as an irrational way of using our power, to take a weaker thing and mutilate it. It was like the way bullies would take control of younger kids in the schoolyard.

Phoenix, River

 

 

 

 

2

 

y

A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the 'Universe', a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.

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.

2

 

y

Animals of the word exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than blacks were made for whites or women for men.

Walker, Alice

author, The Color Purple

1944

 

 

2

 

y

Can you really ask what reason Pythagoras had for abstaining from flesh?  For my part I rather wonder both by what accident and in what state of soul or mind the first man did so, touched his mouth to gore and brought his lips to the flesh of a dead creature, he who set forth tables of dead, stale bodies and ventured to call food and nourishment the parts that had a little before bellowed and cried, moved and lived.  How could his eyes endure the slaughter when throats were slit and hides flayed and limbs torn from limb?  How could his nose endure the stench?  How was it that the pollution did not turn away his taste, which made contact with the sores of others and sucked juices and serums from mortal wounds?

Plutarch

Greek biographer and moralist

46

120

 

2

 

y

God, who in creating saw that His creation was good, is the source of joy for all creatures, and above all for humankind. God the Creator seems to say of all creation: 'It is good that you exist.' And His joy spreads especially through the 'good news,' according to which good is greater than all that is evil in the world,,,, Creation was given and entrusted to humankind as a duty, representing not a source of suffering but the foundation of a creative existence in the world.

Paul II, Pope John

 

 

 

from Crossing the Threshold of Hope

2

 

y

Hear our prayer O Lord ... for animals that are overworked, underfed, and cruelly treated; for all wistful creatures in captivity that beat their wings against bars; for any that are hunted or lost or deserted or frightened or hungry; for all that must be put to death.... And for those who deal with them we ask a heart of compassion and gentle hands and kindly words. Make us true friends of the animals and so to share the blessings of the merciful.

Schweitzer, Rev. Dr. Albert

German physician, author, Nobel Peace Prize 1952

1875

1965

prayer

2

 

y

I am not interested to know whether vivisection produces results that are profitable to the human race or doesn't...The pain which it inflicts upon unconsenting animals is the basis of my enmity toward it, and it is to me sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further.

Twain, Mark

wrote Tom Saywer & Huckleberry Finn

1835

1910

 

2

 

y

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.

2

 

y

I had bought two male chimps from a primate colony in Holland. They lived next to each other in separate cages for several months before I used one as a [heart] donor. When we put him to sleep in his cage in preparation for the operation, he chattered and cried incessantly. We attached no significance to this, but it must have made a great impression on his companion, for when we removed the body to the operating room, the other chimp wept bitterly and was inconsolable for days. The incident made a deep impression on me. I vowed never again to experiment with such sensitive creatures.

Barnard, Dr. Christian

South African, performed first open heart transplant

1922

2001

 

2

 

y

I know what it feels like to be hurt, and I don't want to cause that pain to any other person or creature. But somehow, in society, we numb ourselves in order to make money or to feel better about ourselves, such as with cosmetics or food. We say to ourselves, I'm going to use this animal. I'm going to say it doesn't have much worth so that I can allow myself to do these cruel things. And that just isn't fair.

Silverstone, Alicia

American actress

1997

 

 

2

 

y

I was sitting here eating my plate of chicken salad, and suddenly I looked down and saw all the meat on my plate and just wasn't hungry anymore. So i've decided I'm not going to eat meat.

Appleby, Shiri

 

 

 

 

2

 

y

If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.

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.

2

 

y

If the use of animal food be, in consequence, subversive to the peace of human society, how unwarrantable is the injustice and the barbarity which is exercised toward these miserable victims. They are called into existence by human artifice that they may drag out a short and miserable existence of slavery and disease, that their bodies may be mutilated, their social feelings outraged. It were much better that a sentient being should never have existed, than that it should have existed only to endure unmitigated misery.

Shelley, Percy Bysshe

English poet, quote from Queen Mab Notes

1792

1822

author of A Vindication of Natural Diet in defense of vegetarianism

2

 

y

If you don't like my opinions leave. But just remember, the animals can’t leave the cages that hold them. They are captive and suffering. As you cozy into your bed tonight, try to imagine the pain and the suffering that they endure day after day and night after night. Next time you get some soap in your eyes, try to imagine that pain for 3 or 4 days at a time. Next time you have a stomach ache, try to imagine liquid plumber being poured down your throat till you puke so much blood that you bleed to death. Next time you bump your head, try to imagine being a monkey and getting a steel plate smashed into your skull at 50 miles per hour. Then, only then should you feel compelled to tell me that I’m wrong about my opinions. For all these things have happened in the name of science. They continue in abundance till this day.

Rockett, Ricki

musician

2000

 

 

2

 

y

Imagine that you are creating a fabric of human destiny with the object of making men happy in the end, giving them peace and rest at last, but that it was essential and inevitable to torture to death only one tiny creature, and to found that edifice on its unavenged tears. Would you consent to be the architect on those conditions? Tell me, and tell the truth.

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor

author

1821

1881

 

2

 

y

It is certainly not lions and wolves that we eat out of self-defense; on the contrary, we ignore these and slaughter harmless, tame creatures without stings or teeth to harm us, creatures that, I swear, Nature appears to have produced for the sake of their beauty and grace. But nothing abashed us, not the flower-like tinting of the flesh, not the persuasiveness of the harmonious voice, not the cleanliness of their habits or the unusual intelligence that may be found in the poor wretches. No, for the sake of a little flesh we deprive them of sun, of light, of the duration of life to which they are entitled by birth and being.

Plutarch

Greek biographer and moralist

46

120

 

2

 

y

Judge (in the same way as you would judge your own) the behaviour of a dog who has lost his master, who has searched for him in the road barking miserably, who has come back to the house restless and anxious, who has run upstairs and down, from room to room, and who has found the beloved master at last in his study, and then shown his joy by barks, bounds and caresses. There are some barbarians who will take this dog, that so greatly excels man in capacity for friendship, who will nail him to a table, and dissect him alive, in order to show you his veins and nerves. And what you then discover in him are all the same organs of sensation that you have in yourself. Answer me, mechanist, has Nature arranged all the springs of feeling in this animal to the end that he might not feel? Has he nerves that he may be incapable of suffering?

Voltaire

French author, quote from Trate sur la tolerance

1694

1778

 

2

 

y

Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.

Edison, Thomas A.

inventor

1847

1931

holder of 1,093 patents

2

 

y

Nothing more strongly arouses our disgust than cannibalism, yet we make the same impression on Buddhists and vegetarians, for we feed on babies, though not our own.

Stevenson, Robert Louis

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

1850

1894

 

2

 

y

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

 

2

 

y

The present-day mentality, more perhaps than that of people in the past, seems opposed to a God of mercy, and in fact tends to exclude from life and to remove from the human heart the very idea of mercy. The word and the concept of 'mercy' seem to cause uneasiness in man, who, thanks to the enormous development of science and technology, never before known in history, has become master of the earth and has subdued and dominated it. This dominion over the earth, sometimes understood in a one-sided and superficial way, seems to leave no room for mercy....

Paul II, Pope John

 

 

 

from The Mercy of God

2

 

y

The same questions are bothering me today as they did fifty years ago. Why is one born? Why does one suffer? In my case, the suffering of animals also makes me very sad. I’m a vegetarian, you know. When I see how little attention people pay to animals, and how easily they make peace with man being allowed to do with animals whatever he wants because he keeps a knife or a gun, it gives me a feeling of misery and sometimes anger with the Almighty. I say ‘Do you need your glory to be connected with so much suffering of creatures without glory, just innocent creatures who would like to pass a few years in peace?’ I feel that animals are as bewildered as we are except that they have no words for it. I would say that all life is asking: ‘What am I doing here?’

Singer, Isaac Bashevis

Newsweek interview (October 16, 1978) after winning the Nobel Prize in literature

1904

1991

 

2

 

y

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.

2

 

y

We don't need to eat anyone who would run, swim, or fly away if he could.

Cromwell, James

English actor, Babe

1940

 

 

2

 

y

We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals.  Animals suffer as much as we do.  True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them.  It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it.  Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.

Schweitzer, Rev. Dr. Albert

German physician, author, Nobel Peace Prize 1952

1875

1965

from "The Philosophy of Civilization"

2

 

y

We ought not to treat living creatures like shoes or household belongings, which when worn with use we throw away.

Plutarch

Greek biographer and moralist

46

120

 

2

 

y

What I think about vivisection is that if people admit that they have the right to take or endanger the life of living beings for the benefit of many, there will be no limit to their cruelty.

Tolstoy, Leo

Russian author, War and Peace

1828

1910

 

2

 

y

I would not want to get to know a pig very well if I intended to eat him.

Leigh, Pat

 

 

 

 

2

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...[I]t is a terrible thing that religious people today can be so indifferent to the cruelty of the farms, shrugging it off as so much secular, animal rights foolishness. They above all should hear the call to mercy. They above all should have some kindness to spare. They above all should be mindful of the little things, seeing, in the suffering of these creatures, the same hand that has chosen all the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, and the weak things to confound the things which are strong. 'Who so poor,' asked Anna Kingsford more than a century ago, 'so oppressed, so helpless, so mute and uncared for, as the dumb creatures who serve us -- they who, but for us, must starve, and who have no friend on earth if man be their enemy?

Scully, Matthew

speechwriter for US Pres. G.W. Bush

 

 

from Dominion

2

 

 

Animals arrive at the slaughterhouse, many, in a 4D state (dead, diseased, dying, debilitated.) (These animals sometimes go into the pet food tankers).

Fox, Michael W.

head of US Humane Society

1998

 

 

2

 

 

Before they reach their end, the pigs get a shower, a real one. Water sprays from every angle to wash the farm off them. Then they begin to feel crowded. The pen narrows like a funnel' the drivers behind urge the pigs forward, until one at a time they climb onto the moving ramp... Now they scream, never having been on such a ramp, smelling the smells they smell ahead. I do not want to overdramatize because you've read all this before. But it was a frightening experience, seeing their fear, seeing so many of them go by, it had to remind me of things no one wants to be reminded of anymore, all mobs, all death marches, all mass murders and executions ...

Rhodes, Richard

Pulitzer prize winning author

 

 

wrote "Deadly Feasts", "A Hole in the World"

2

 

 

By becoming a vegetarian out of ethical concern for animals, one ceases to contribute to roughly 90 percent of all animal cruelty, abuse and killing in the United States.

Murti, Vasu

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

Cattle dragged and choked...Knocking ‘em four, five, ten times. Every now and then when they’re stunned they come back to life, and they’re up there agonizing. They’re supposed to be restunned but sometimes they aren’t and they’ll go through the skinning process alive. I’ve worked in four large [slaughterhouses] and a bunch of small ones. They’re all the same. If people were to see this, they’d probably feel really bad about it. But in a packing house everybody gets so used to it that it doesn’t mean anything.

Veteran USDA meat inspector from Texas describing what he has seen

documentary movie, Slaughterhouse, 1997

1997

 

 

2

 

 

Family organization is broken and young animals are increasingly being denied a mother to turn to for comfort and for grooming. One of the saddest and most pathetic of farm practices - inevitable at the present time for the supply of dairy produce - is the separation of the calf from the cow at birth or soon after.

Harrison, Ruth

author, "Animal Machines"

 

 

 

2

 

 

For most humans, especially for those in modern urban and suburban communities, the most direct form of contact with nonhuman animals is at meal time: we eat them.... The use and abuse of animals raised for food far exceeds, in sheer numbers of animals affected, any other kind of mistreatment.

Singer, Peter

Australian professor, author "Animal Liberation"

1946

 

 

2

 

 

In a lunch session at the slaughterhouse, a lamb jumped out of its pen and came unnoticed up to some slaughtermen who were sitting in a circle eating some sandwiches; the lamb approached and nibbled a small piece of lettuce that a man was holding in his hand. The men gave the lamb some more lettuce and when the lunch period was over they were so affected by the action of the lamb that not one of them was prepared to kill this creature, and it had to be sent away elsewhere - showing that within each human soul there is an element of pity, compassion and love in varying degrees. It is our duty to encourage the higher qualities to bloom and blossom wherever possible in each individual.

Latto, Gordon

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

In fact, if one person is unkind to an animal it is considered to be cruelty, but where a lot of people are unkind to animals, especially in the name of commerce, the cruelty is condoned and, once large sums of money are at stake, will be defended to the last by otherwise intelligent people.

Harrison, Ruth

author, "Animal Machines"

 

 

 

2

 

 

In my opinion, one of the greatest animal-welfare problems is the physical abuse of livestock during transportation.... Typical abuses I have witnessed with alarming frequency are; hitting, beating, use of badly maintained trucks, jabbing of short objects into animals, and deliberate cruelty.

Grandin, Temple, Ph.D.

board mem. of U.S. meat industry's Livestock Conservation Institute

 

 

Assist. Prof of Animal Science at Colorado State Univ.

2

 

 

It is in the battery shed that we find the parallel with Auschwitz....To shut your mind, heart and imagination from the sufferings of others is to begin slowly, but inexorably, to die. Those Christians who close their minds and hearts to the cause of animal welfare, and the evils it seeks to combat, are ignoring the Fundamental spiritual teachings of Christ himself.

Baker, Rev. Dr. John Austin

Bishop of Salisbury, England 1982-1993

1985

 

Sermon on the World Day of Prayer for Animals, 4 October 1986

2

 

 

On profit-driven factory farms, veal calves are confined to dark wooden crates so small that they are prevented from lying down or scratching themselves. These creatures feel; they know pain. They suffer pain just as we humans suffer pain. Egg-laying hens are confined to battery cages. Unable to spread their wings, they are reduced to nothing more than an egg-laying machine. . . . The law clearly requires that these poor creatures be stunned and rendered insensitive to pain before [the slaughtering] process begins. Federal law is being ignored. Animal cruelty abounds. It is sickening. It is infuriating. Barbaric treatment of helpless, defenseless creatures must not be tolerated even if these animals are being raised for food—and even more so, more so. Such insensitivity is insidious and can spread and is dangerous. Life must be respected and dealt with humanely in a civilized society.

Byrd, Senator Robert

on the floor of the U.S. Senate, July 9, 2001

2001

 

 

2

 

 

Six million Jews died in concentration camps, but six billion broiler chickens will die this year in slaughter houses.

Newkirk, Ingrid

co-founder of PETA

2000

 

 

2

 

 

The first time I ever entered a battery house I thought it was the entrance to Hell

Spalding, Violet

founded "Chicken's Lib" in 1973

 

 

 

2

 

 

Those who, by their purchases, require animals to be killed have no right to be shielded from the slaughterhouse or any other aspect of the production of the meat they buy. If it is distasteful for humans to think about, what can it be like for the animals to experience it?

Singer, Peter

Australian professor, author "Animal Liberation"

1946

 

 

2

 

 

...there is something so very dreadful, so satanic in tormenting those who have never harmed us, and who cannot defend themselves, who are utterly in our power, who have weapons neither of offence nor defense, that none but very hardened persons can endure the thought of it.

Newman, Cardinal John Henry

leader of the Anglican Oxford Movement, "Father of Vatican II"

1801

1890

Anglican priest who converted to Roman Catholicism

2

 

 

May those who oppose capital punishment for humans extend that protection to animals as well . May those who oppose germ and other biological warfare work to end the unconscious biological warfare unwittingly waged on those who eat animal products. Those who are pro-life would logically become vegetarian. Those who are pro-choice would not want to impose their wills upon the body of a cow, sheep or pig.

Unknown

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

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

2

 

 

 It is forbidden to tie the legs of a beast or of a bird in a manner as to cause them pain.

Jewish Law, The Code of

 

1560

 

Sephardic compilation of Jewish law

2

 

 

 When horses, drawing a cart, come to a rough road or a steep hill, and it is hard for them to draw the cart without help, it is our duty to help them, even when they belong to a non-Jew, because of the precept not to be cruel to animals, lest the owner smite them to force them to draw more than their strength permits.

Jewish Law, The Code of

 

1560

 

Sephardic compilation of Jewish law

2

 

 

All beings seek for happiness; so let your compassion extend itself to all.

Mahavamsa

Buddhist

(500)

 

 

2

 

 

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

 

2

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

Christians whose eyes are fixed on the awfulness of crucifixion are in a special position to understand the awfulness of innocent suffering. The Cross of Christ is God¹s absolute identification with the weak, the powerless and the vulnerable, but most of all with unprotected, undefended, innocent suffering. Neither are we so hardhearted as to believe that the earth was created for us alone.... Out of the dark and out of formlessness You brought forth life; Teach us to know Your greatness by Your creatures, That Your tender mercy is upon them all, Teach us to live likewise So that every living creature, Every beast of the field and fowl of the air. May praise You, and our voice be among them.

unknown

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

Christians whose eyes are fixed on the awfulness of crucifixion are in a special position to understand the awfulness of innocent suffering. The Cross of Christ is God's absolute identification with the weak, the powerless, and the vulnerable, but most of all with unprotected, undefended, innocent suffering.

Linzey, Rev. Dr. Andrew

Anglican Priest & Senior Research Fellow in Theology, Oxford

 

 

 

2

 

 

Cruelty must be whitewashed by a moral excuse, and a pretence of reluctance.

unknown

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

Every animal (of the higher species) has ideas, since he has senses. He even combines his ideas up to a certain point, and man differs, in this respect, only in the more or less. Some philosophic writers have even advanced that there is more difference between this man and that man, than between this man and that (non-human) animal. It is not, therefore, intelligence so much as his quality of being a free agent which makes the difference.

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques

French philosopher

1712

1778

"philosophical father" of the American and French revolutions

2

 

 

For hundreds of thousands of years the stew in the pot has brewed hatred and resentment that is difficult to stop. If you wish to know why there are disasters of armies and weapons in the world, listen to the piteous cries from the slaughter house at midnight.

Chinese verse, ancient

 

 

 

 

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Here you are faced with G-d's teaching, which obliges you not only to refrain from inflicting unnecessary pain on any animal, but to help and, when you can, to lessen the pain whenever you see an animal suffering, even through no fault of yours. … As G-d is merciful, so you also be merciful. As he loves and cares for all His creatures and His children and are related to Him, because He is their Father, so you also love all His creatures as your brethren. Let their joys be your joys, and their sorrows yours. Love them and with every power which G-d gives you, work for their welfare and benefit, because they are the children of your G-d, because they are your brothers and sisters.

Hirsch, Rabbi Samson Rafael

father of German Jewish orthodoxy, Chief Rabbi of Austria

1808

1888

Horeb, Chapter 72, Section 482

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His Holiness is pleased at being called upon, as head of the Church, for his support in so noble an undertaking, which has the lofty object of caring for the lives and treatment of animals and which at the same time endeavours to eradicate from the hearts of men barbarous and cruel tendencies.

Pius X, Pope

 

 

 

written by his secretary, Cardinal Merry del Val

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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

 

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I brainwashed youngsters into doing wrong. I want to say sorry to children everywhere for selling out to concerns who make millions by murdering animals. ("Ronald McDonald" quit and publicly apologised).

Guiliano, Geoffrey

actor, 1980's

1985

 

 

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It is forbidden, according to the law of the Torah, to inflict pain upon any living creature. On the contrary, it is our duty to relieve the pain of any creature, even if it is ownerless or belongs to a non-Jew.

Jewish Law, The Code of

 

1560

 

Sephardic compilation of Jewish law

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It should not be believed that all beings exist for the sake of the existence of man. On the contrary, all the other beings too have been intended for their own sakes and not for the sake of anything else . . . there is no difference between the pain of humans and the pain of other living beings, since the love and tenderness of the mother for the young are not produced by reasoning, but by feeling, and this faculty exists not only in humans but in most living beings.

Maimon, Rabbi Moses ben

physician and philosopher

1135

1204

Jewish philosopher-theologian, codifier of the Talmud

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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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Man must never hurt animals, must never ill-treat them nor torture them physically because they are sensitive creatures. If anyone told me that to achieve my purpose it would be sufficient to kill an ant, I would not do it.

John, Pope XXIII

Pope 1958-1963

 

 

 

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My dream is that people will come to view eating an animal as cannibalism.

Spira, Henry

founder of Animal Rights International

1927

1998

pioneer in US animal rights

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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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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 cruel experimenter cannot be allowed to have it both ways. He cannot, in the same breath, defend the scientific validity of vivisection on the grounds of the physical similarities between man and the other animals, and then defend the morality of vivisection on the grounds that men and animals are physically different. The only logical alternatives for him are to admit he is either pre-Darwinian or immoral.

Ryder, Richard D.

English scientist, author

1940

 

 

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The eating of meat extinguishes the seed of great compassion.

Mahaparinirvana, The

Buddhist

 

 

 

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The fate of animals is of greater importance to me than the fear of appearing ridiculous; it is indissolubly connected to the fate of men.

Zola, Emile

French novelist

1840

1902

 

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

McDonnell

TV's TN

 

 

 

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There are probably no creatures that require more the protective Divine word against the presumption of man than the animals, which like man have sensations and instincts, but whose body and powers are nevertheless subservient to man. In relation to them man so easily forgets that injured animal muscle twitches just like human muscle, that the maltreated nerves of an animal sicken like human nerves, that the animal being is just as sensitive to cuts, blows, and beating as man. Thus man becomes the torturer of the animal soul.

Hirsch, Rabbi Samson Rafael

father of German Jewish orthodoxy, Chief Rabbi of Austria

1808

1888

Horeb, Chapter 60, Section 415

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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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To be a vegetarian is to disagree -- to disagree with the course of things today. Starvation, world hunger, cruelty, waste, wars -- we must make a statement against these things. Vegetarianism is my statement. And I think it's a strong one.

Singer, Isaac Bashevis

Polish author, Nobel prize, 1978

1904

1991

 

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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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You are not handling a lump of plastic. You are handling animals with central nervous systems that feel pain and suffering.

Swanson, Janice

animal behavior specialist at Kansas State University

 

 

addressing a United Egg Producers meeting

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The environment is worth more than consumer goods and the g.n.p. freedom of speech is absolute and inviolate. guns are too dangerous for private ownership. sustainable & non-polluting energy sources make environmental and economic sense. research performed on animals is, by definition, scientifically unsound. cruelty is unacceptable. what you do with your own body is your choice. one individual violently imposing his or her will on another individual is wrong. you can't expect people to worry about the world when they can't feed themselves or their children. the hazards and risks of nuclear power make it unacceptable as an energy source. the use of animals for food is unhealthy, inefficient, & cruel. people need love & affection. tobacco use has killed & harmed more people than all human wars combined.

Moby

 

 

 

Musician

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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

 

 

http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/arights/

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To a man whose mind is free there is something even more intolerable in the sufferings of animals than in the sufferings of man. For with the latter it is at least admitted that suffering is evil and that the man who causes it is a criminal. But thousands of animals are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. If any man were to refer to it, he would be thought ridiculous. And that is the unpardonable crime. That alone is the justification of all that humans may suffer. It cries vengeance upon all the human race. If God exists and tolerates it, it cries vengeance upon God.

Rolland, Romain

French author, Prof. of Art History

1866

1944

quote from Jean-Christophe, Nobel prize 1915

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Recognize meat for what it really is: the antibiotic- and pesticide-laden corpse of a tortured animal.

Newkirk, Ingrid

co-founder of PETA

1990

 

 

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The amount of meat lost each year through careless handling and brutality would be enough to feed a million Americans for a year.

McFarlane, John

Director, Council for Livestock Protection

 

 

 

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It appears that the first intention of the Maker was to have men live on a strictly vegetarian diet. The very earliest periods of Jewish history are marked with humanitarian conduct towards the lower animal kingdom...It is clearly established that the ancient Hebrews knew and perhaps were the first among men to know, that animals feel and suffer pain.

Glazer, Rabbi Simon

 

 

 

 

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Some folks insist that believing in animal rights is like a religion. But religion asks 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

 

 

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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

 

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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

 

 

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