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"I am in favor of animal rights as well as human
rights. That is the way of a whole human being."
16th U.S. President
"If a group of beings from another planet were to land on Earth --
beings who considered themselves as superior to you as you feel yourself to be to other
animals -- would you concede them the rights over you that you assume over other
-- George Bernard Shaw,
playwright, Nobel 1925
"In their behavior toward creatures, all men are Nazis. Human
beings see oppression vividly when they're the victims. Otherwise they victimize blindly
and without a thought."
Singer, author, Nobel 1978
"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."
Dr. Albert Schweitzer,
Civilization and Ethics, Nobel 1952
"The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder
of animals as they now look on the murder of men."
Leonardo da Vinci,
artist and scientist
Thanks to K.Godel for the following
information: According to:
the following quote is from a work of fiction written by
Merijkowsky in the 1920s - it has been established that this is not an authentic quote. The attributions for the quote above
and the one below were interposed in Jon Wynne-Tyson's book - and have been misquoted ever
since. "I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of
animals as they now look upon the murder of men."
-- Merijkowsky, Romance of Leonardo da Vinci
"Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds theirs. We live by the death of others: We are burial places!"
-- from da Vinci's 'Notes'
"In all the round world of Utopia there is no meat. There used to be. But now we cannot stand the thought of
slaughterhouses. And, in a population that is all educated, and at about the same level of physical
refinement, it is practically impossible to find anyone who will hew a dead ox or pig ... I can still
remember as a boy the rejoicings over the closing of the last slaughterhouse."
-- HG Wells. A Modern Utopia
"[The day should come when] all of the forms of life...will stand
before the court -- the pileated woodpecker as well as the coyote and bear, the lemmings
as well as the trout in the streams."
-- William O. Douglas,
late U.S. Supreme Court Justice
"You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse
is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson,
"As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be
"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."
-- Leo Tolstoy,
"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."
Henry David Thoreau,
"While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how
can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth?"
"Atrocities are not less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and
are call medical research."
George Bernard Shaw
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by
the way its animals are treated."
"To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a
Mahatma Gandhi, statesman
"Our task must be to free ourselves . . . by widening our circle
of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its
"Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances of
survival for life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet."
physicist, Nobel 1921
"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."
-- Mark Twain, author
"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."
"For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other.
Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love."
"What is it that should trace the insuperable
line? ...The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they
"The day may come when the rest of the animal creation may acquire
those rights which never could have been withholden from them but by the hand of
"Life is life--whether in a cat, or dog or man. There is no
difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for
man's own advantage..."
Sri Aurobindo, poet and
"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
Thomas Edison, inventor
"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
Romain Rolland, author,