|Very little of the great cruelty shown by men can really be attributed to
cruel instinct. Most [All?] of it comes from thoughtlessness or inherited habit. The
roots of cruelty, therefore, are not so much strong as widespread. But the time must
come when inhumanity protected by custom and thoughtlessness will succumb before
humanity championed by thought. Let us work that this time may come.
It is not enough to avoid the physical harming of creation but also to avoid hurting
hearts through speech.
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 [livestock farmer].
Joseph Wood Krutch
If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to
Where the love of God is verily perfected and the true spirit of government watchfully
attended to, a tenderness toward all creatures made subject to us will be experienced,
and a care felt in us that we do not lessen that sweetness of life in the animal creation
which the great Creator intends for them.
John Woolman - Quaker preacher and abolitionist who attacked slavery and cruelty to
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
It is an important and popular fact that things are not always what they seem.
For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more
intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much - the wheel, New York, war
and so on - whilst all the dolphins had ever done is muck about in the water having a
good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more
intelligent than man - for precisely the same reasons.
Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)
If he be really and seriously seeking to live a good life, the first thing from which he will
abstain will always be the use of animal food, because ...its use is simply immoral, as it
involves the performance of an act which is contrary to the moral feeling -- killing.
There are vibrations to every food. Meat is the densest, the most gross, the slowest,
then dairy, then vegetables. Fruit vibrates closest to pure light.
The highest realms of thought are impossible to reach without first attaining an
understanding of compassion.
Take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the
tormentor, never the tormented.
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
"Thou shalt not kill" does not apply to murder of one's own kind only, but to all living
beings; and this Commandment was inscribed in the human breast long before it was
proclaimed from Sinai.
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.
Ruth Harrison (Animal Machines)
Whatever your work or life circumstances may be, the power to make a positive
difference for others, be they two-legged or four-legged, resides within us all.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
When a chimpanzee mother comforts her frightened infant, we say that she is
behaving like a human; when a human being resorts to insane violence, we say that he
is acting like an animal.
Perhaps it's the other way around....
“I am sometimes asked, “Why do you spend so much of your time and money talking
about kindness to the animals when there is so much cruelty to men?” I answer, “I am
working at the roots.”
Georg T. Angell
No humane being, past the thoughtless age of boyhood, will wantonly murder any
creature which holds its life by the same tenure that he does.
Henry David Thoreau
Vegans get plenty. --- Spiral Diner, Fort Worth Texas
I once had a sparrow alight on my shoulder for a moment while I was hoeing in a
village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance than I
should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.
Henry David Thoreau
The chief cause of pain to me was the knowledge of the untold sufferings of animals. ...
it seemed to be incredible - this was even before I was old enough to go to school -
that I should include only human beings in my evening prayers. So when my mother
had heard my prayers and kissed me good-night, I said secretly another prayer, which
I had composed myself, for all living creatures: "Dear God, protect and bless all
creatures that have breath; save them from all evil and let them sleep in peace and
Dear Lord, I've been asked, nay commanded, to thank Thee for the Christmas turkey
before us... a turkey which was no doubt a lively, intelligent bird... a social being...
capable of actual affection... nuzzling its young with almost human-like compassion.
Anyway, it's dead and we're gonna eat it. Please give our respects to its family.
Berke Breathed, Bloom County Babylon
The day may come when the rest of the animal creation may acquire those rights
which never could have been withholden from them but by the hand of tyranny.
Jeremy Bentham, philosopher
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.
I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest
them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts. For that which
befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one
dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no
preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.
Please put the ladybug outside without harming her.
Winston Churchill to his butler.