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We can’t plead ignorance, only indifference. Those alive today are the generations that came to know better. We have the burden and the opportunity of living in the moment when the critique of factory farming broke into the popular consciousness. We are the ones of whom it will be fairly asked, “What did you do when you learned the truth about eating animals?”   Jonathan Safran Foer

God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages.
Jacques Deval

The question is not, “Can they reason?” nor, “Can they talk?” but rather, “Can they suffer?”
Jeremy Bentham

All beings tremble before violence.  All fear death, all love life. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do?

Buddha

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

Hunting is not a sport. In a sport, both sides should know they’re in the game.
Paul Rodriguez

Humanity is the cancer of nature.

Dave Foreman

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

Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it’s beauty.
Albert Einstein

Now I can look at you in peace; I don’t eat you any more.
Franz Kafka

Teaching a child not to step on a  caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar.
Bradley Millar

The wild, cruel animal is not behind the bars of a cage. He is in front of it.
Axel Munthe

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

A man can live and 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. And to act so is immoral.
Leo Tolstoy

When it comes to having a central nervous system, and the ability to feel pain, hunger, and thirst, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy.
Ingrid Newkirk

Truly man is the king of beast for his brutality excedes theirs. We live by the death of others. We are burial places.
Leonardo Da Vinci

To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. The more helpless the creature, the more that it is entitled to protection by man from the cruelty of man.
Mahatma Gandhi

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

Deliberate cruelty to our defenseless and beautiful little cousins is surely one of the meanest and most detestable vices of which a human being can be guilty.
William Ralph Inge

There will be no justice as long as man will stand with a knife or with a gun and destroy those who are weaker than he is.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
St Francis of Assisi

The assumption that animals are without rights, and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance, is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.
Arthur Shopenhauer

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

I am in favour of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.
Abraham Lincoln

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

If (man) is not to stifle his human feelings, he must practice kindness towards animals, for he who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.
Immanuel Kant

The reasons for legal intervention in favour of children apply not less strongly to the case of those unfortunate slaves and victims of the most brutal part of mankind – the lower animals.
John Stuart Mill

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

Humans are the only hunters who kill when not hungry.
Steven Spielberg

Animals are my friends, and I don’t eat my friends.
George Bernard Shaw

I grew up in cattle country – that’s why I became a vegetarian. Meat stinks, for the animals, the environment, and your health.
K.D. Lang

If you could see or feel the suffering, you wouldn’t think twice. Give back life. Don’t eat meat.
Kim Basinger

As custodians of the planet it is our responsibility to deal with all species with kindness, love and compassion. That these animals suffer through human cruelty is beyond understanding. Please help stop this madness.
Richard Gere

Ever occur to you why some of us can be this much concerned with animals’ suffering? Because government is not. Why not? Animals don’t vote.
Paul Harvey

We consume the carcasses of creatures of like appetites, passions and organs with our own, and fill the slaughterhouses daily with screams of pain and fear.
Robert Louis Stevenson

You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

…For the sake of a little flesh we deprive them of sun, of light, of the duration of life to which they are entitled by birth and being.
Plutarch (Roman scholar, 56 – 120 AD)