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Quotes I Like:

"The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for whites or women for men."

-Alice Walker

"I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being."

-Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

"The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man."

-Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

"If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian."

-Paul McCartney

"It may take a while, but there will probably come a time when we look back and say, 'Good Lord, do you believe that in the 20th century and early part of the 21st, people were still eating animals?"

-Mary Tyler Moore

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

-Kim Basinger

"...our presence on this planet has a higher calling. That we can through our activism, make light in this world, that we can through our activism, lift up the cause of the humblest beings, that we can through our activism, open up not only our own hearts, but the hearts of people everywhere so that our society can become more compassionate, so that our society can be more loving, so that our society can create policies which are caring for animals. "

- Congressman Dennis Kucinich (OH)

“Imagine living in a cage in the dark, unable to move, day after day. The suffering of today’s American farm animals is almost beyond belief. They don’t have a choice, but you do, and their lives depend on it.”

-Casey Affleck

"As long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings, he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other."

Pythagorus, Greek philosopher/mathematician

"Anyone who has accustomed himself to regard the life of any living creature as worthless is in danger of arriving also at the idea of worthless human lives."

"We must never permit the voice of humanity within us to be silenced. It is man's sympathy with all creatures that first makes him truly a man."

“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.”

-Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)

"A human can be healthy without killing animals for food. Therefore if he eats meat he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite."

"If a man earnestly seeks a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from animal food..."

-Leo Tolstoy

"The time will come when men will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men"

-Leonardo Da Vinci

"Veganism isn't just a strict vegetarian diet; it is a complete philosophical viewpoint. It is practical in outlook, simple to understand and aspires to the highest environmental and spiritual values. I am sure it holds the key to a future lifestyle for a humane planetary guardianship..."

- Howard Lyman
"The Mad Cowboy"
ex-cattle rancher turned vegan
Oprah Winfrey's co-defendant when Texas cattle ranchers sued them for libel

"God gave our first parents the food He designed that the race should eat. It was contrary to His plan to have the life of any creature taken. There was to be no death in Eden. The fruit of the trees in the garden was the food man's wants required."

-Ellen White, founder Seventh Day Adventists (1864)

"Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals, and the answer is: "Because the animals are like us." Ask the experimenters why it is morally okay to experiment on animals, and the answer is: " Because the animals are not like us." Animal experimentation rests on a logical contradiction."

-Professor Charles R. Magel

"Vegetarian food leaves a deep impression on our nature. If the whole world adopts vegetarianism, it can change the destiny of humankind."

"The man who regards his own life and that of his fellow creatures as meaningless is not merely unhappy but hardly fit for life."

"The important thing is not to stop questioning."

-Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

"Kindness to all God's creatures is an absolute rock-bottom necessity if peace and righteousness are to prevail."

-Sir Wilfred Grenfell (1865-1940)
(The Adventure of Life)

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
~from The Moral Basis of Vegetarianism

"To my mind the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body. I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to the protection by man from the cruelty of man."

"I have learned through bitter experience the one supreme lesson to conserve my anger, and as heat conserved is transmitted into energy, even so our anger controlled can be transmitted into a power that can move the world."

-Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948)

“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.”

-Thomas A. Edison

"Cruelty to animals is as if a man did not love God." (1870)

-John Henry Newman, Roman Catholic Cardinal (1801-90)

H. G. Wells wrote A Modern Utopia in 1905. In it he penned what he hoped was a vision of the future:

"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. We never settled the hygienic question of meat-eating at all. This other aspect decided us.
I can still remember, as a boy, the rejoicings over the closing of the last slaughterhouse."

"All beings tremble before violence. All fear death. All love life."


"The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different."

-Hippocrates (?460 BC - ?377 BC)

"Animals and humans suffer and die alike. Violence causes the same pain, the same spilling of blood, the same stench of death, the same arrogant, cruel, and brutal taking of life."

-Dick Gregory

"Animal cruelty...is not a harmless venting of emotion in a healthy individual; this is a warning sign that this individual is not mentally healthy and needs some sort of intervention. Abusing animals does not dissipate these violent emotions, it may fuel them." (1996)

-Allen Brantley, FBI supervisory Special Agent

"I fail to understand why teaching kids not to eat meat and not to kill animals (which I think is teaching respect for life) is considered coercion, whereas teaching them to eat meat, etc. is not."

-Robert Donjacour

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

-Jimmy Stewart

"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."

-Dr. Louis J. Camuti

"I think that people should start eating less meat. In case you haven't noticed, meat is made out of animals. How would you feel if you were a baby pig separated from your mother and about to be turned into bacon? We don't eat dogs and cats because they are cute. Well, pigs can be just as cute if you give them a chance."

-Isaac Bustos, age 9, Public School 32-Bronx NY

”Hundreds of people watch the antics of birds on their bird tables, feed them through the winter, and provide nest boxes in the spring, yet never give a thought to the domestic hens, turkeys, and ducks who, in the nightmarish conditions of battery farms, live lives so cramped that they cannot spread their wings or roost or do any of the things that make avian life in the wild so joyous. Thousands of people who say they ‘love‘ animals sit down once or twice a day to enjoy the flesh of creatures who have been utterly deprived of everything that could make their lives worth living and who endured the awful suffering and the terror of the abattoirs—and the journey to get there—before finally leaving their miserable world, only too often after a painful death.” (The Ten Trusts, p. xv)

-Jane Goodall

“I don’t eat any animals or anything that has to do with animals—no fish or egg or dairy because I personally don’t feel it’s a good practice to eat anything that might run away from you.”

-Russell Simmons

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

-Gov. Jesse Ventura (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

"[Fur] is really ridiculous. It's outrageous. We're not living in igloos. We don't need to trade pelts anymore. There is this diabolical idea that fur is fashionable. It's not. It's death. There's no excuse for it."

-Margaret Cho

"People get offended by animal rights campaigns. It's ludicrous. It's not as bad as mass animal death in a factory." (Time Out magazine)

-Richard Gere

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

-Marc Bouwer, Designer

“I have no doubt that it is part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement to leave off eating animals, as surely as the savage tribes have left off eating each other when they came into contact with the more civilized.”

-Henry David Thoreau

"I was watching an HBO special on eating habits and different cultures, and they showed in China how people eat cats, and I'm really fond of cats, and I happened to be sitting on the couch with my cat, and once I saw that, it just put everything in perspective. If I would eat my cat—what's the difference [between] eating a cat or a cow? If certain animals are considered lesser than, so are certain people—and that's not really fair. And the root of that is to consider life on equal terms across the board."

-Ben Kenney of The Roots

"The basis of all animal rights should be the Golden Rule: we should treat them as we would wish them to treat us, were any other species in our dominant position."

-Christine Stevens

"Don't take life.
Instead, release birds, fish, wild animals, farm animals doomed to be slaughtered.
And also small creatures such as ants and bees.
Be diligent in giving them refuge from fear."

-Buddhist Monk

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."

-Anatole France (1844-1924)