God made all the creatures and gave them our love and our fear, to give sign, we and they are His children, one family here. --Robert Browning
I am the voice of the voiceless;
Through me the dumb shall speak,
Till the deaf world´s ears be made to hear
The wrongs of the wordless weak.
And I am my brothers keeper,
And I will fight his fights;
And speak the words for beast and bird
Till the world shall set things right.
--ELLA WHEELER WILCOX
I eat everything that nature voluntarily gives: fruits, vegetables, and the products of plants. But I ask you to spare me what animals are forced to surrender: meat, milk and cheese. --AUTHOR UNKNOWN
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. --WILLIAM RALPH INGE, Outspoken Essays, 1922
The indifference, callousness and contempt that so many people exhibit toward animals is evil first because it results in great suffering in animals, and second because it results in an incalculably great impoverishment of the human spirit. All education should be directed toward the refinement of the individual's sensibilities in relation not only to one's fellow humans everywhere, but to all things whatsoever. --ASHLEY MONTAGUE
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.
When a man wantonly destroys one of the works of man we call him a vandal. When he destroys one of the works of god we call him a sportsman. --JOSEPH WOOD KRUTCH
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
Heaven is by favor; if it were by merit your dog would go in and you would stay out. Of all the creatures ever made [man] is the most detestable. Of the entire brood, he is the only one... that possesses malice. He is the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be pain. --MARK TWAIN
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.
--ROMAIN ROLLAND, Nobel Prize 1915
The human body has no more need for cows' milk than it does for dogs' milk, horses' milk, or giraffes' milk. --MICHAEL KLAPER
I do not regard flesh food as necessary for us. I hold flesh food to be unsuited to our species. 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.
Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet. --ALBERT EINSTEIN
You put a baby in a crib with an apple and a rabbit. If it eats the rabbit and plays with the apple, I'll buy you a new car. --HARVEY DIAMOND
Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victim he intends to eat until he eats them. --SAMUEL BUTLER
If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian. --PAUL McCARTNEY
The beef industry has contributed to more American deaths than all the wars of this century, all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined. If beef is your idea of "real food for real people" you'd better live real close to a real good hospital.
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
Recognize meat for what it really is: the antibiotic-and pesticide-laden corpse of a tortured animal. --INGRID NEWKIRK
Truely man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds theirs. We live by the death of others: we are burial places! 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
You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity. --RALPH WALDO EMERSON
I venture to maintain that there are multitudes to whom the necessity of discharging the duties of a butcher would be so inexpressibly painful and revolting, that if they could obtain a flesh diet on no other condition, they would relinquish it forever. --W.E.H. LECKY
Tongue -- a variety of meat, rarely served because it clearly crosses the line between a cut of beef and a piece of a dead cow. --BOB EKSTROM
I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens.
--ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER
I have no doubt that that it is a 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 in contact with the more civilized.
--HENRY DAVID THOREAU
Animals are my friends... and I don't eat my friends. --GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh, we deprive a soul of the sun, and light, and that proportion of life and time they had been born into the world to enjoy. --PLUTARCH (Greek biographer 100 C.E.)
Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar. --BRADLEY MILLAR