The animals of the world exist for their own reasons.
They were not made for humans any more than
blacks were made for whites, or women for men.
I do not regard flesh-food as necessary for us at any
stage and under any clime in which it is possible
for human beings ordinarily to live, I hold
flesh-food to be unsuited to our species.
Leonardo Da Vinci
There slowly grew up in me an unshakable
conviction that we have no right to inflict
suffering and death on another living
creature, unless there is some unavoidable necessity for it.
"My refusing to eat meat occasioned inconveniency,
and I have been frequently chided for my
singularity. But my light repast allows for greater
progress, for greater clearness of head and quicker comprehension.
Sir Thomas More
The utopians feel that slaughtering our fellow
creatures gradually destroys the sense of compassion,
which is the finest sentiment of which our human nature is capable.
It is increasingly obvious that environmentally sustainable
solutions to world hunger can only emerge as people
eat more plant foods and fewer animal products. To me
it is deeply moving that the same food choices that give
us the best chance to eliminate world hunger are also
those that take the least toll on the environment, contribute
the most to our long-term health, are the safest, and
are also, far and away, the most compassionate towards our fellow creatures.
Michael Klaper, M.D.
People are the only animals that drink the milk of the
mother of another species. All other animals stop drinking
milk altogether after weaning. It is unnatural for a dog to
nurse from a mother giraffe; it is just as unnatural for
a human being to drink the milk of a cow.
First it was necessary to civilize
man in relation to man.
Now it is necessary to civilize man
in relation to nature and the animals.
In fact, if one person is unkind to an animal
it is considered to be cruelty, but where a lot
of people are unkind to animals, especially in
the name of commerce, the cruelty is condoned
and, once large sums of money are at stake,
will be defended to the last by otherwise intelligent people.
Poor animals! How jealously they guard their
pathetic bodies . . . that which to us is merely
an evening's meal, but to them is life itself.
T. Casey Brennan
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
committed, citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
To forgive and accept injustice is cowardice.
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.
Each snowflake in an avalanche pleads not guilty.
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.
Flesh eating is unprovoked murder.