• 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. Carl Sagan
  • 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. Mohandas Gandhi
  • Animal factories are one more sign of the extent to which our technological capacities have advanced faster than our ethics. Peter Singer
  • Animals are my friends - and I don't eat my friends. George Bernard Shaw
  • 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
  • Hunting is not a sport. In a sport, both sides should know they're in the game. Paul Rodriquez
  • When a man's love of finery clouds his moral judgment, that is vanity. When he lets a demanding palate make his moral choices, that is gluttony. When he ascribes the divine will to his own whims, that is pride. And when he gets angry at being reminded of animal suffering that his own daily choices might help avoid, that is moral cowardice. Matthew Scully
  • My compassion does not end where my taste buds begin. Yajnavalkya dasa
  • 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. Pythagoras
  • The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves. Jane Goodall
  • When humans act with cruelty, we characterize them as "animals", yet the only animal that displays cruelty is humanity. Anthony Douglas Williams
  • People often say that humans have always eaten animals, as if this is a justification for continuing the practice. According to this logic, we should not try to prevent people from murdering other people, since this has also been done since the earliest of times. Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • We torture and kill two billion sentient living beings every week. 10,000 entire species are wiped out every year because of the actions of one, and we are now facing the sixth mass extinction in cosmological history. If any other organism did this, a biologist would consider them a virus. Philip Wollen
  • The real struggle in being vegan doesn't involve food. The hardest part about being vegan is coming face-to-face with the darker side of humanity and trying to remain hopeful. It's trying to understand why otherwise good and caring people continue to participate in needless violence against animals - Just for the sake of their own pleasure or convenience. Jo Tyler
  • Animal rights provokes hostility from the arrogant people who enjoy power over animals, from the insecure who boost themselves by demeaning and exploiting animals, and from the guilty who do not want to confront their ignorance and implication in violence against animals. Dr. Steve Best.
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user picture Kay Kay: You own a hell of an imagination and have a talent of drafting feelings into words. Please connect on fb.com/profile.php?id=714757112 jun 4 2015
user picture José Mauricio: Excelent list! thank you ;) :) oct 7 2015