Animal Quotes

"Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace." ~Dr. Albert Schweitzer

"It ill becomes us to invoke in our daily prayers the blessings of God, the compassionate, if we in turn will not practice elementary compassion toward our fellow creatures." ~Gandhi

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

"Animals are God's creatures, not human property, nor utilities, nor resources, nor commodities, but precious beings in God's sight. ... 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." ~Reverend Andrew Linzey

"I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not better off for it." ~Abraham Lincoln

Animal Experimentation

"But the most sinister thing about modern vivisection is this. If a mere sentiment justifies cruelty, why stop at a sentiment for the whole human race? ... Once the old Christian idea of total difference in kind between man and beast has been abandoned, then no argument for experiments on animals can be found which is not also an argument for experiments on inferior men. If we cut up beasts simply because they cannot prevent us and because we are backing our own side in the struggle for existence, it is only logical to cut up imbeciles, criminals, enemies, or capitalists for the same reasons." ~C.S. Lewis in Vivisection, 1947

"There are many known differences between chimps and humans. Certainly there are enough differences to make the use of chimps for medical experiments as if they were human nonsensical. No chimps ... have been of any use in the experiments they were used for ... .The whole wretched business (and it is big business) should be stopped and stopped now." ~Professor Vernon Reynolds, primatologist and professor of biological anthropology, University of Oxford

It has recently been discovered that research causes cancer in rats." ~Unknown


"And behold, I have given you every herb-bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree-yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat." ~Genesis 1:29

"If one offers me with love and devotion a leaf, flower, fruit or water, I will accept it." ~Krishna, Bhagavad Gita, "As It Is," 9:26

"Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet." ~Albert Einstein

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

"My refusing to eat flesh occasioned an inconvenience, and I was frequently chided for my singularity, but with this lighter repast I made the greater progress, from greater clearness of head and quicker comprehension." ~Benjamin Franklin

"To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me," saith the Lord. "I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he-goats ... and when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you; yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood. Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes." ~Holy Bible, Isaiah 1:11, 1:15-16

"Flesh foods are not the best nourishment for human beings and were not the food of our primitive ancestors. There is nothing necessary or desirable for human nutrition to be found in meats or flesh foods which is not found in and derived from plant foods." ~Dr. J.H. Kellogg (1852-1943)

"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." ~Ghandi

"When a man wantonly destroys one of the works of man, we call him 'vandal.' When he wantonly destroys one of the works of God, we call him 'sportsman.'" ~Joseph Wood Krutch

"If slaughterhouses had glass walls, we would all be vegetarians." ~Linda McCartney

"How can we ourselves find peace, when we are the living graves of murdered animals?" ~George Bernard Shaw

"The average life expectancy of a meat-eater is 63. I am on the verge of 85 and still work as hard as ever. I have lived quite long enough and I am trying to die; but I simply cannot do it. A single beef steak would finish me; but I cannot bring myself to swallow it. I am oppressed with a dread of living forever. That is the only disadvantage of vegetarianism." ~George Bernard Shaw

Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them." ~Samuel Butler

"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." ~Robert Louis Stevenson

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