A man of my spiritual intensity does not eat corpses. –George Bernard Shaw, quoted in Hesketh Pearson’s Bernard Shaw: His Life and Personality

He felt justified to kill birds for a museum where they would be preserved forever, as some feel justified to eat fish, chicken, or other meat that is digested in hours. Which is more justified? And even if necessary, how do you justify? Those who are familiar with ancient folklore, or are up above the rest of us a moral notch or two, kill “respectfully” by offering prayers or apologies, in the hope that animals will “offer themselves” up to be voluntarily killed. However, it is a sad fact that no animal cares if those who might eat them invent reasons to justify their acts (to make themselves feel good). –Bernd Heinrich, Winter World: the Ingenuity of Animal Survival

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

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. –Leo Tolstoy

I have no doubt 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. –Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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

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

Heifer whines could be human cries
Closer comes the screaming knife
This beautiful creature must die
This beautiful creature must die
A death for no reason
And death for no reason is MURDER

And the flesh you so fancifully fry
Is not succulent, tasty, or kind
It’s death for no reason
And death for no reason is MURDER

And the calf that you carve with a smile
And the turkey you festively slice
Do you know how animals die?

Kitchen aromas aren’t very homely
It’s not “comforting,” cheery or kind
It’s sizzling blood and the unholy stench

It’s not “natural,” “normal,” or kind
The flesh you so fancifully fry
The meat in your mouth
As you savour the flavour

Oh ... and who hears when animals cry?
–The Smiths, “Meat is Murder”

A vegetarian is a person who won’t eat anything that can have children. –David Brenner

How can you eat anything with eyes? –Will Kellogg

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. –Neal Barnard, MD

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

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

We don’t need to eat anyone who would run, swim, or fly away if he could. –James Cromwell

If you knew how meat was made, you’d probably lose your lunch. –k.d. lang

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

One farmer says to me, “You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make the bones with”; and so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying himself with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle. –Henry David Thoreau

My situation is a solemn one. Life is offered to me on condition of eating beefsteaks. But death is better than cannibalism. My will contains directions for my funeral, which will be followed not by mourning coaches, but by oxen, sheep, flocks of poultry, and a small traveling aquarium of live fish, all wearing white scarfs in honor of the man who perished rather than eat his fellow creatures. –George Bernard Shaw

I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens. –Isaac Bashevis Singer

Heart attacks... God’s revenge for eating his little animal friends. – (?)

Recognize meat for what it really is: the antibiotic- and pesticide-laden corpse of a tortured animal. –Ingrid Newkirk, National Director of PETA

I will not eat anything that walks, runs, skips, hops or crawls. God knows that I’ve crawled on occasion, and I’m glad that no one ate me. –Alex Poulos

I won’t eat anything that has intelligent life, but I’d gladly eat a network executive or a politician. –Marty Feldman

A mind of the calibre of mine cannot derive its nutriment from cows. –George Bernard Shaw

A man of my spiritual intensity does not eat corpses. –ditto

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

While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth? –George Bernard Shaw

I just could not stand the idea of eating meat—I really do think that it has made me calmer... People’s general awareness is getting much better, even down to buying a pint of milk: the fact that the calves are actually killed so that the milk doesn’t go to them but to us cannot really be right... –Kate Bush

I think if you want to eat more meat you should kill it yourself and eat it raw so that you are not blinded by the hypocrisy of having it processed for you. –Margi Clark

“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. –Leo Tolstoy

As soon as I realized that I didn’t need meat to survive or to be in good health, I began to see how forlorn it all is. If only we had a different mentality about the drama of the cowboy and the range and all the rest of it. It’s a very romantic notion, an entrenched part of American culture, but I’ve seen, for example, pigs waiting to be slaughtered, and their hysteria and panic was something I shall never forget. –Cloris Leachman

We manage to swallow flesh only because we do not think of the cruel and sinful thing that we do. Cruelty... is a fundamental sin, and admits of no arguments or nice distinctions. If only we do not allow our heart to grow callous, it protests against cruelty, is always clearly heard; and yet we go on perpetrating cruelties easily, merrily, all of us—in fact, anyone who does not join in is dubbed a crank. –Rabindranath Tagore

Can you really ask what reason Pythagoras had for abstaining from flesh? For my part I rather wonder both by what accident and in what state of soul or mind the first man did so, touched his mouth to gore and brought his lips to the flesh of a dead creature, he who set forth tables of dead, stale bodies and ventured to call food and nourishment the parts that had a little before bellowed and cried, moved and lived. How could his eyes endure the slaughter when throats were slit and hides flayed and limbs torn from limb? How could his nose endure the stench? How was it that the pollution did not turn away his taste, which made contact with the sores of others and sucked juices and serums from mortal wounds? –Plutarch

It is only by softening and disguising dead flesh by culinary preparation that it is rendered susceptible of mastication or digestion, and that the sight of its bloody juices and raw horror does not excite intolerable loathing and disgust. –Percy Bysshe Shelley, Queen Mab Notes

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. –Mahatma Gandhi

Pigs may not be as cuddly as kittens or puppies, but they suffer just as much. –James Cromwell

Cattle dragged and choked... knocking ’em four, five, ten times. Every now and then when they’re stunned they come back to life, and they’re up there agonizing. They’re supposed to be re-stunned but sometimes they aren’t and they’ll go through the skinning process alive. I’ve worked in four large [slaughterhouses] and a bunch of small ones. They’re all the same. If people were to see this, they’d probably feel really bad about it. But in a packing house everybody gets so used to it that it doesn’t mean anything.” –a veteran USDA meat inspector from Texas

Think of me tonite
For that which you savor
Did it give you something real,
or could you taste the pain of my death in its flavor?
–Wayne K. Tolson, from “Food Forethought”

I do not like eating meat because I have seen lambs and pigs killed. I saw and felt their pain. They felt the approaching death. I could not bear it. I cried like a child. I ran up a hill and could not breathe. I felt that I was choking. I felt the death of the lamb. –Vaslav Nijinsky

Would you kill your pet dog or cat to eat it? How about an animal you’re not emotionally attached to? Is the thought of slaughtering a cow or chicken or pig with your own hands too much to handle? Instead, would hiring a hit-man to do the job give you enough distance from the emotional discomfort? What animal did you put a contract out on for your supper last night? Did you at least make sure that none went to waste and to take a moment to be grateful for its sacrifice? –(?)

To relieve an animal of pain or danger is a biblical law. –Talmud, Sabbath, 128b

We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals. –Immanuel Kant, Lectures on Ethics

Our humanity isn’t measured by how we treat other people…Our humanity is measured by how we treat animals. –Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. –Mohandas Gandhi, Selected Writings

I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being. –Abraham Lincoln, Complete Works of Abraham Lincoln

What’s wrong—fundamentally wrong—with the way animals are treated isn’t the details that vary from case to case. It’s the whole system. The forlornness of the veal calf is pathetic, heart wrenching; the pulsing pain of the chimp with electrodes planted deep in her brain is repulsive; the slow torturous death of the raccoon caught in the leg-hold trap is agonizing. But what is wrong isn’t the pain, isn’t the suffering, isn’t the deprivation…
     The fundamental wrong is the system that allows us to view animals as our resources, here for us—to be eaten, or surgically manipulated, or exploited for sport or money. Once we accept this view of animals—as our resources—the rest is as predictable as it is regrettable. Why worry about their loneliness, their pain, their death? Since animals exist for us, to benefit us in one way or another, what harms them really doesn’t matter. –Tom Reagan, “The Case for Animal Rights”

I have been studying the traits and dispositions of the “lower animals” (so called) and contrasting them with the traits and dispositions of man. I find the result humiliating. –Mark Twain, Letters from the Earth

But if we stop loving animals, aren’t we bound to stop loving humans too? –Alexander Solzhenitsyn, The Cancer Ward

Have the wild things no moral or legal rights? What right has man to inflict such long and fearful agony on a fellow-creature, simply because that creature does not speak his language? –Ernest Thompson Seton, Wild Animals I Have Known

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: Second Series

Just as we have progressed beyond the blatantly racist ethic of the era of slavery and colonialism, so we must now progress beyond the speciesist ethic of the era of factory farming, of the use of animals as mere research tools, of whaling, seal hunting, kangaroo slaughter, and the destruction of wilderness. –Peter Singer, In Defense of Animals

It can no longer be maintained by anyone but a religious fanatic that man is the special darling of the whole universe, or that other animals were created to provide us with food, or that we have divine authority over them, and divine permission to kill them. –ditto

It bothers me that society has no ethic for dealing with animals. We have a few rules. Kill them humanely. Don’t torture them. About two years ago, I thought we were really moving to an ethic by which people could have a respectful relationship with the other species on earth. But now I’m really not sure. It doesn’t seem to be happening. –John R. Clark, quoted in Conservation Foundation Letter, May 1978

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, quoted in Michael Fox’s Returning to Eden

[Animals] are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth. –Henry Beston, The Outermost House

I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls. –Job 30.29

For the fate of the songs of men and the fate of beasts is the same; as one dies, so does the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts; for all is vanity. All go to one place; all are from the dust, and all turn to dust again. –Eccles. 3.18-21

Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals, and the answer is: “Because the animals are like us.” Ask the experimenters why it is morally okay to experiment on animals, and the answer is: “Because the animals are not like us.” Animal experimentation rests on a logical contradiction. –Charles R. Magel

God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages. –Jacques Deval, Afin de vivre bel et bien

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

Cruelty is one fashion statement we can all do without. –Rue McClanahan

Hunting: One of the recreations of a man tired of himself, who seeks to kill time by killing inoffensive animals. –Ambrose Bierce, The Cynic’s Word Book

This society calls itself civilized and yet it permits the stalking, wounding, and killing of frightened and often cowering animals, and allows this incredible act to be called a sport. To kill for pleasure and sport cannot be justified or excused. –Joel R. Saper, in Lewis Regenstein’s The Politics of Extinction: The Shocking Story of the World’s Endangered Wildlife

Some human beings, too, like some wild animals, are hunters. Only, their motive is pleasure and not hunger. It is true that not all hunters kill, like the weasel in its blood-madness, for the sake of killing. There is, apparently, though it is beyond my comprehension, a true mystique of hunting, a paradoxical reverence on the part of the hunter—rarely for the life that he seeks to destroy. Nevertheless, I must affirm, and not merely as a private opinion but as an absolute principle, that killing for sport is, quiet simply, wrong. –Ellsworth Barnard, A Hill Farm Boyhood

Why don’t I hunt? I could allude to the fruits of exhaustive research into the ecological and biological consequences of hunting, and to collective insights of biologists, ecologists, and naturalists who challenge the prevailing wildlife-management dogma. Yet, fundamentally, the answer can be expressed in simple moral terms: Hunting is wrong, and should be acknowledged to be so not only by those who espouse the strict precepts of the animal-rights credo, but by those who hold a common sense of decency, respect, and justice. When we have exposed the specious reasoning of the hunters’ apologists and stripped their sport of its counterfeit legitimacy, the naked brutality of hunting defines itself: killing for the fun of it. –Steve Ruggeri, “Why I Don’t Hunt”

[hunting—] I don’t like it. I love animals. I suppose you can’t outlaw it, and I suppose there are certain species that need decimation now and again, but when some very beautiful creatures are killed for their fur or their plumage, or just for the alleged glory of it, I think it’s disgusting. –John Simon

Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself. –JA Froude, Oceana

When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity. –George Bernard Shaw

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

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

If I revolt from the giving of pain to any creature, it is because I have learned to love it, and the delight of loving overcomes the pain. I do not think the most enthusiastic sportsman, in seeing his game drop before his unerring shot, feels half the pleasure I find in witnessing the delight the creature has in the enjoyment of the life he takes away. Next to the joy of creation must be that of sympathy with the thing created, and with its pleasures, which is only possible to him who can “name the birds without a gun,” as Emerson puts it. To be on friendly terms even with a sparrow is a keener satisfaction than the chase ever gave me, and I know no sensation the outer world can yield me equal to that which I have derived from the confidence and friendship of a creature I could crush beneath my foot. –WJ Stillman, “A Plea for Wild Animals”

This cruelly-cheerful barbarous game of death! Surely the lovers of such savage pastime must be, in a great measure, insensible to the charms of creation… These do but transfer the turbulence of their spirits from the crowd to the retirement; and, when they are wearied of engaging in conflict with their fellow creatures, they turn the tide of their ferocity upon the brute creation. They ransack earth, air, and water for their victims; and, when they have immolated them, they call it sport. –Anonymous, The Hare; or, Hunting Incompatible with Humanity: Written as a Stimulus to Youth Towards a Proper Treatment of Animals

How anyone can profess to find animal life interesting and yet take delight in reducing the wonder of any animal to a bloody mass of fur or feathers is beyond my comprehension. You can go into the woods to share them with your fellow creatures just as well as to slaughter them. …
     Thoreau once remarked that many a man went fishing all his life without realizing that it was not fish he was after. This is the type of the innocently evil who have simply never dissociated the pleasurable incidentals of hunting from the killing which comes at the end of it. But I rather suspect that these are a minority, and the majority belong to the other class—the class of those to whom the final savagery is of essence. They are much like those drinkers who talk about either the final bouquet of a wine or the conviviality of the cocktail but for whom the “kick” of alcohol is the real sine qua non. –Joseph Wood Krutch, “The Sportsman or the Predator? A Damnable Pleasure”

In examining, either historically or philosophically, the subject of humanity and cruelty, it is impossible to separate the question of humanity and cruelty to man from that of humanity and cruelty to the lower animals. Between cruelty to man and cruelty to beasts there is doubtless a wide difference, but it is purely a difference of degree. Humanity in either case, cruelty in either case, is essentially the same feeling, arising from the same tendencies in the mind. –Edward A. Freeman, “The Mortality of Field Sports”

It is a man’s duty to speak for the voiceless. A woman’s obligation to aid the defenseless. Human needs do not take precedence over other forms of life; we must share this lovely, delicate, vapor-clouded little planet with all. And I quote: “For I say unto you…as you do to the least of these, so you do unto me…” –Edward Abbey, Beyond the Wall

Animals give me more pleasure through the viewfinder of a camera than they ever did in the crosshairs of a gunsight. And after I’ve finished “shooting,” my unharmed victims are still around for others to enjoy. I have developed a deep respect for animals. I consider them fellow living creatures with certain rights that should not be violated any more than those of humans. –Jimmy Stewart

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

The squirrel that you kill in jest, dies in earnest. –Henry David Thoreau

Boys throw stones at frogs for fun, but the frogs don’t die for “fun,” but in sober interest. –Bion, quoted in Plutarch’s Moralia

I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it’s such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her. –Ellen DeGeneres

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

The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun. –P.G. Wodehouse

The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creatures that cannot. –Mark Twain, What Is Man

The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men. –Alice Walker

As often as Herman had witnessed the slaughter of animals and fish, he always had the same thought: in their behaviour toward creatures, all men were Nazis. The smugness with which man could do with other species as he pleased exemplified the most extreme racist theories, the principle that might is right. –Isaac Bashevis Singer

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. –Sri Aurobindo

An animal experiment cannot be justifiable unless the experiment is so important that the use of a brain-damaged human would be justifiable. –Peter Singer

When I was twelve, I went hunting with my father and we shot a bird. He was laying there and something struck me. Why do we call this fun to kill this creature [who] was as happy as I was when I woke up this morning. –Marv Levy

Those who wish to pet and baby wild animals “love” them. But those who respect their natures and wish to let them live normal lives, love them more. –Edwin Way Teale, Circle of the Seasons

In an earlier stage of our development most human groups held to a tribal ethic. Members of the tribe were protected, but people of other tribes could be robbed or killed as one pleased. Gradually the circle of protection expanded, but as recently as 150 years ago we did not include blacks. So African human beings could be captured, shipped to America, and sold. In Australia white settlers regarded Aborigines as a pest and hunted them down, much as kangaroos are hunted down today. Just as we have progressed beyond the blatantly racist ethic of the era of slavery and colonialism, so we must now progress beyond the speciesist ethic of the era of factory farming, of the use of animals as mere research tools, of whaling, seal hunting, kangaroo slaughter, and the destruction of wilderness. We must take the final step in expanding the circle of ethics. –Pete Singer

Get a feel for fur: Slam your fingers in a car door. –Anonymous, on the use of steel traps to capture fur-bearing animals

Whether hunting is right or wrong, a spiritual experience, or an outlet for the killer instinct, one thing it is not is a sport. Sport is when individuals or teams compete against each other under equal circumstances to determine who is better at a given game or endeavor. Hunting will be a sport when deer, elk, bears, and ducks are endowed with human intelligence and given 12-gauge shotguns. Bet we’d see a lot fewer drunk yahoos (live ones, anyway) in the woods if that happened. –R. Lerner, letter, Sierra, March-April 1991

Vivisection is a social evil because if it advances human knowledge, it does so at the expense of human character. –George Bernard Shaw

I believe I am not interested to know whether Vivisection produces results that are profitable to the human race or doesn’t. To know that the results are profitable to the race would not remove my hostility to it. The pains which it inflicts upon unconsenting animals is the basis of my enmity towards it, and it is to me sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further. It is so distinctly a matter of feeling with me, and is so strong and so deeply-rooted in my make and constitution, that I am sure I could not even see a vivisector vivisected with anything more than a sort of qualified satisfaction. –Mark Twain, in a letter to London Anti-Vivisection Society, May 26, 1899

If abandoning animal research means that there are some things we cannot learn, then so be it ... We have no basic right ... not to be harmed by those natural diseases we are heir to. –Tom Regan, The Case for Animal Rights

The animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren; they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth. –Henry Beston, The Outermost House

I abhor vivisection with my whole soul. All the scientific discoveries stained with innocent blood I count as of no consequence. –Mahatma Gandhi

I abhor vivisection. It should at least be curbed. Better, it should be abolished. I know of no achievement through vivisection, no scientific discovery, that could not have been obtained without such barbarism and cruelty. The whole thing is evil. –Charles Mayo (founder of the Mayo Clinic)

I had bought two male chimps from a primate colony in Holland. They lived next to each other in separate cages for several months before I used one as a [heart] donor. When we put him to sleep in his cage in preparation for the operation, he chattered and cried incessantly. We attached no significance to this, but it must have made a great impression on his companion, for when we removed the body to the operating room, the other chimp wept bitterly and was inconsolable for days. The incident made a deep impression on me. I vowed never again to experiment with such sensitive creatures. –Christian Barnard

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

If a ferret bites you it is nearly always your own fault. –Phil Drabble

A Robin Redbreast in a cage
Puts all Heaven in a Rage.
–William Blake, “Auguries of Innocence”

Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind. –Albert Schweitzer

People must have renounced, it seems to me, all natural intelligence to dare to advance that animals are but animated machines... It appears to me, besides, that [such people] can never have observed with attention the character of animals, not to have distinguished among them the different voices of need, of suffering, of joy, of pain, of love, of anger, and of all their affections. It would be very strange that they should express so well what they could not feel. –Voltaire, Trate sur la tolerance

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 Schopenhauer

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

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

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, director of PETA

Very little of the great cruelty shown by men can really be attributed to cruel instinct. Most 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. –Albert Schweitzer

The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man. We have seen that the senses and intuitions, the various emotions and faculties, such as love, memory, attention and curiosity, imitation, reason, etc., of which man boasts, may be found in an incipient, or even sometimes a well-developed condition, in the lower animals. –Charles Darwin

Because the heart beats under a covering of hair, of fur, feathers, or wings, it is, for that reason, to be of no account? –Jean Paul Richter

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

People need to be desensitized to the suffering of others gradually. A society that teaches that the suffering of animals doesn’t matter is well on its way to raising future sadists. Virtually every serial killer in America will tell you tales of a childhood spent tormenting frogs, cats, and dogs. This is no coincidence. The scale from swatting flies to knowingly eating the results of farmers who treat animals inhumanely to cold-blooded murder is a continuum with a slippery slope. How much blood is on your hands? –Melissa Silvestre

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

Every year tens of thousands of animals suffer and die in laboratory tests of cosmetics and household products... despite the fact that the test results do not help prevent or treat accidental or purposeful misuse of the products. Please join me in using your voice for those whose cries are forever sealed behind the laboratory doors. –Woody Harrelson

This tendency [to cruelty] should be watched in them [children], and if they incline to any such cruelty, they should be taught the contrary usage. For the custom of tormenting and killing other animals will, by degrees, harden their hearts even towards men... And they, who delight in the suffering and destruction of inferior creatures, will not be apt to be very compassionate or benign to those of their own kind. Children should from the beginning be brought up in an abhorrence of killing or tormenting living beings... And indeed, I think people from their cradles should be tender to all sensible creatures... All the entertainment and talk of History is of nothing but fighting and killing; and the honour and renown that is bestowed on conquerors, who, for the most part, are but the great butchers of mankind, further mislead youth. –John Locke

We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace. –Albert Schweitzer, The Philosophy of Civilization

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