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I am in favour of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being. - Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

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Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. The third is to be kind. - Henry James


The average American eats in a lifetime:

  • 15 cows
  • 24 hogs
  • 900 chickens
  • 12 sheep

and 1,000 lbs. of other assorted animals.

Source: USDA

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Every day, more and more people are turning vegan, more children are looking at a rib and making the connection that it came from a suffering animal and more people are loving themselves and the Earth they live on just a little bit more by saying no to meat and dairy. By switching to a vegetarian diet, you can save more than 100 animals a year from this misery. - Russell Simmons

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I ate a big steak in 1988 and never felt worse. That was it, boom, over. Never again. I'm not completely vegan, I will accept tiny amounts of butter and I normally scrape off cheese when it's on top of pasta or something, [but] I completely stopped eating dead creatures in 1989. - Bryan Adams

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An important fact to remember is that all natural diets, including purely vegetarian diets without a hint of dairy products, contain amounts of calcium that are above the threshold for meeting your nutritional needs....In fact, calcium deficiency caused by an insufficient amount of calcium in the diet is not known to occur in humans. - Dr. John McDougall

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Not all human societies share the same moral codes, yet the injunctions "Thou shalt not kill," "Thou shalt not steal," and "Thou shalt not lie" approach universality in their acceptance as ethical ideals. - Arran Stephens, Founder, CEO, Nature's Path; Author, The Compassionate Diet

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Veganism has given me a higher level of awareness and spirituality, primarily because the energy associated with eating has shifted to other areas. - Dexter Scott King (1961 - ) [Son of Martin Luther King, Jr., considers veganism the "logical extension" of his father's philosophy of nonviolence.]

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Atrocities are not less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and are called medical research.  - George Bernard Shaw

Vivisection is the blackest of all the black crimes that man is at present committing against God and his animal creations... I abhor vivisection with my whole soul. All the scientific discoveries stained with innocent blood I count as of no consequence.  - Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

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There's no doubt in my mind that going vegetarian has made me feel better not only physically but also because I learned about the suffering of animals who are raised and killed for food. I feel good knowing I'm not contributing to that.  - Sophie Monk

The vast carnival of cruelty called animal exploitation goes on and on---and it is all so needless, even counter-productive. There is already an adequate (often superior) non-animal substitute for virtually everything obtained by animal suffering and slaughter...  - H. Jay Dinshah, Founder and President of the American Vegan Society (1933 - 2000)

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

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 (1869-1948)

During my medical education at the University of Basel, I found vivisection horrible, barbarous, and above all, unnecessary.  - Carl Jung (1905-1961)

In order to get meat, we have to kill. And we are certainly not entitled to any other milk except the mother's milk in our infancy.  - Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

Animals are God's creatures, not human property, nor utilities, nor resources, nor commodities, but precious beings in God's sight.  - Rev. Dr. Andrew Linzey

Compassion is the foundation of everything positive, everything good. If you carry the power of compassion to the marketplace and the dinner table, you can make your life really count.  - Rue McClanahan

One night I couldn't sleep and I was up and just Googling random stuff and I'm like, 'Hmmm, PETA.' I saw all the videos and I just thought it was horrible, Pickler told People. It's animal cruelty. A lot of it has to do with knowing what happens to the animals and it really bothered me and so I will not eat meat.  - Kellie Pickler

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.  - Anne Frank

"I've been vegan for 15 years, and it turns out it makes a very big impact on the environment to eat fewer animal products, which cause more greenhouse gases than all of transportation combined. The United Nations did a study just over two years ago, and that blew my mind. I started thinking that if people are vegetarian for just one day a week, that makes a huge difference!"  - Emily Deschanel

There is no escaping the harsh reality that many of the methods employed in the commercial production of honey are cruel and repugnant and provide an overwhelming case for ethical vegans to reject the use of this product and its derivatives.  - Arthur Ling, President, Plamil Foods

If we believe absurdities, we shall commit atrocities.  - Voltaire

Animal factories are one more sign of the extent to which our technological capacities have advanced faster than our ethics.   - Peter Singer

You cannot make yourself feel something you don't feel. But you can make yourself do right, in spite of your feelings.  - Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973), American author

Within 24 hours of birth, more than 90% of calves are taken away from their mothers forever.  - Erik Marcus, Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating

Once people spend time with farm animals in a loving way ... a pig or cow or a little chicken or a turkey, they might find they relate with them the same way they relate with dogs and cats. People don't really think of them that way because they're on the plate. Why should they be food when other animals are pets? I would never eat my doggies.  - Alicia Silverstone

I was a vegetarian when we shot the first film (Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle), and I generally eat organic as much as possible. I know this is so disappointing to the audience, which is why I don't talk about it a lot, but I don't smoke weed, I don't eat fast food.  - Kal Penn

We divert our attention from disease and death as much as we can; the slaughterhouses are huddled out of sight and never mentioned, so that the world we recognize officially in literature and in society is a poetic fiction far handsomer, cleaner and better than the world that really is. - William James, MD, LLD, American psychiatrist, philosopher, medical doctor (1842-1910)

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.  - Victor Hugo

All great truths begin as blasphemies.  - George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

I gave up meat when I was twelve. & One day I was cutting up a chicken for my mom, and I hit a tumor with the knife. There was pus and blood all over the place. That was enough for me.  - Josh Hartnett

In my humble opinion, non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.  - Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948)

Destiny, or karma, depends upon what the soul has done about what it has become aware of.  - Edgar Cayce (1877-1945)

It ill becomes us to invoke in our daily prayers the blessings of God, the Compassionate, if we in turn will not practice elementary compassion towards our fellow creatures.  - Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948)

Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains un-awakened.  - Anatole France

The gods created certain kinds of beings to replenish our bodies...they are the trees and the plants and the seeds.  - Plato

Veganism isn't just a strict vegetarian diet; it is a complete philosophical viewpoint. It is practical in outlook, simple to understand and aspires to the highest environmental and spiritual values. I am sure it holds the key to a future lifestyle for a humane planetary guardianship...  - Howard Lyman

Vegetarianism is a way of living consciously on the planet.  - Amy Smart

The highest realms of thought are impossible to reach without first attaining an understanding of compassion.  - Socrates

The person who is afraid to alter his living habits, and especially his eating and drinking habits, because he is afraid that other persons may regard him as queer, eccentric, or fanatic forgets that the ownership of his body, the responsibility for its well-being, belongs to him, not them.  - Dr. Paul Brunton

Love animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled. Do not trouble their joy, don't harass them, don't deprive them of their happiness, don't work against God's intent.  - Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881)

My respect and empathy towards animals includes sea dwellers too from dolphins to fish to lobsters. So, of course, I wouldn't dream of eating them.  - Alexandra Paul

Truth is the secret of eloquence and of virtue, the basis of moral authority.  It is the highest summit of art and life.  - Frederick Amiel

I wouldn't eat a chicken if it dropped dead in front of me holding up a sign that said, Eat Me.  - Ricky Williams

To admit that we have the right to inflict unnecessary suffering is to destroy the very basis of human society.  - John Galsworthy

I got a fur shawl once. I was so disgusted! And I couldn't re-gift it. I don't know anyone who'd want fur.  - Jenny Garth

The conscience is God's presence in man.  - Emanuel Swedenborg

The labels are misleading the public. The labels should declare that the product has been contaminated with fecal material... Today, nationwide, line speeds are up to 140 to 160 carcasses per minute. It's not humanly possible for meat inspectors to do what they are required to do, which is to protect the consumer. - Delmer Jones, President of the US Meat Inspector Union

Vegetarianism is the cure for 99% of the world's problems. Think about it... - Casey Kasem

I stopped eating beef at 13 and stopped eating all meat a few years ago. I would feel guilty that what was on my plate was walking around yesterday. Either I could live with that or stop eating meat. I choose the latter, and I'm happier for it. - Carrie Underwood

New opinions are always suspected and usually opposed, without any other reason, but because they are not already common. - John Locke

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

Every man who has ever been earnest to preserve his higher or poetic faculties in the best condition, has been particularly inclined to abstain from animal food. - Henry David Thoreau

The transition of world agriculture from food grain (for humans) to feed grains (for livestock) represents an...evil whose consequences may be far greater and longer lasting than any past examples of violence inflicted by men against their fellow human beings. - Jeremy Rifkin

The eating of meat extinguishes the seed of great compassion. - The Buddha

Among the noblest in the land---
Though man may count himself the least---
That man I honor and revere,
Who without favor, without fear,
In the great city dares to stand,
The friend of every friendless beast.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

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Parents usually educate their children merely in such a manner than however bad the world may be, they may adapt themselves to its present conditions. But they ought to give them an education so much better than this, that a better condition of things may thereby be brought about by the future. - Immanuel Kant

Whether industrialized societies...can cure themselves of their meat addictions may ultimately be a greater factor in world health than all the doctors, health insurance policies, and drugs put together. -The China-Oxford-Cornell Project on Nutrition

If man was what he ought to be, he would be adored by the animals... - Henri-Frederic Amiel

I wish no living thing to suffer pain. - Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

I think there's something odd about eating another living anything. - Shania Twain

We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals. - Immanuel Kant

...since I evolved into a more conscious adolescent, I have been uncomfortable with the thought of eating animals. I imagine them alive walking jumping swimming...and then imagine them being reared in captivity and being killed to be eaten...and this sickens and saddens me. Eating animals and fish is very disturbing for me. - Koh Joo Kim

Love all God's creatures, the animals, the plants. Love everything to perceive the divine mystery in all. - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

If you don't like my opinions leave. But just remember, the animals can't leave the cages that hold them. They are captive and suffering. As you cozy into your bed tonight, try to imagine the pain and the suffering that they endure day after day and night after night. Next time you get some soap in your eyes, try to imagine that pain for 3 or 4 days at a time. Next time you have a stomachache, try to imagine liquid plumber being poured down your throat till you puke so much blood that you bleed to death. Next time you bump your head, try to imagine being a monkey and getting a steel plate smashed into your skull at 50 miles per hour. Then, only then should you feel compelled to tell me that I'm wrong about my opinions. For all these things have happened in the name of science. They continue in abundance till this day. - Rikki Rocket

Most people accept the position of eating meat only on condition that the animal has pleasure in life while it lives and is then humanely slaughtered. In no instance can these two criteria be guaranteed today. Many people have become so repulsed by the situation, that they have taken the first step towards opting out of it, by becoming vegetarians. I use the term 'first step' because much suffering is involved in the supply of dairy produce. The vegan, who attempts to eschew all animal products and by-products, takes the most logical step towards elimination of cruelty, a step to which only a very small but gallant minority have so far devoted their lives. - Ruth Harrison (1920-2000), Animals, Men and Morals, 1973

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. - Ansel Adams

We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. - Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

An age is called Dark, not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it. - James A. Michener, Space

To confront a person with their own shadow is to show them their own light. - Carl Jung

The key to your universe is that you can choose. - Carl Frederick, American born French Painter, 1874-1939

Aho Mitakye oaysin. (We are all related.) - Lakota Saying

The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

The fate of animals is of greater importance to me than the fear of appearing ridiculous; it is indissolubly connected with the fate of men. - Emile Zola, 1840-1902

The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it. - Albert Einstein

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead

Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons and daughters of the earth. We do not weave the web of life; We are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves... - Chief Seattle

When we tug at a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world. - John Muir

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. - Schopenhauer, On the Basis of Morality

Nothing is more powerful than an individual acting out of his conscience, thus helping to bring the collective conscience to life. - Norman Cousins

Never in this world is hatred appeased by hate. It is only appeased by love---this is an eternal law. - Buddhist text

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. - Gandhi

Each particle of matter is an immensity, each leaf a world, each insect an inexplicable compendium. - Kaspar Lavater, 1741-1801

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die, I want to go where they went. - Will Rogers (American humorist, 1879 - 1935)

Dedicated to Gentleness ... and the dream of a world in balance, where human and non-human animals have nothing to fear. - dedication in Dr. Michael Klaper's book, Vegan Nutrition: Pure and Simple

As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields. - Leo Tolstoy

High protein diets make you sick in the long and short term. Expect kidney disease, heart disease and more strokes and cancer. Plus the weight loss is temporary because you can't stay sick for long. Look at the creators of these diets -- many are fat themselves. - Dr. John McDougall, on the dangers of a high protein diet

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just. - Thomas Jefferson

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. - Edmund Burke

To die for the revolution is a one-shot deal; to live for the revolution means taking on the more difficult commitment of changing our day-to-day life patterns. - Will Rogers (1879-1935)

The low-carb trend has sort of died on the vine. - Bob Goldin, Executive VP, Technomic, food industry consulting firm, Chicago

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

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. - James Anthony Froude (1818-1894)

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

But for the sake of a little mouthful of flesh we deprive a soul of the sun and light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born to enjoy. - Plutarch (46-120 AD)

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 (582 BC - 497 BC)

When you come to be sensibly touched, the scales will fall from your eyes; and by the penetrating eyes of love you will discern that which your other eyes will never see. - François Fénelon (1651 - 1715)

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 D. Barnard, M.D - Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

It is a sobering thought that animals could do without man, yet man would find it almost impossible to do without animals. - Ruth Harrison (1920 -2000)

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity. - George Bernard Shaw, 1897

The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking that created them. - Albert Einstein

I don't understand why asking people to eat a well-balanced vegetarian diet is considered drastic, while it is medically conservative to cut people open and put them on cholesterol-lowering drugs for the rest of their lives. - Dean Ornish, MD

Vegetarians always ask about getting enough protein. But I don't know any nutrition expert who can plan a diet of natural foods resulting in a protein deficiency, so long as you're not deficient in calories. You need only 5 or 6% of total calories in protein... and it is practically impossible to get below 9% in ordinary diets. - Nathan Pritikin

I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite---only a sense of existence. My breath is sweet to me. O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment. If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance, like flowers and sweet-scented herbs---is more elastic, starry, and immortal,---that is your success. - Henry David Thoreau

If we do not unite to advance our founding vision for peace, we will perish by advancing our technology for war. - Brian D. Bogart

It's a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best people have always done. - Harriet Beecher Stowe

Just let your love flow like a mountain stream,
and let your love grow for the smallest of dreams,
and let your love show,
and you'll know what I mean --- it's the season.
Just let your love fly like a bird on a wing,
and let your love bind you to all living things,
and let your love shine,
and you'll know what I mean --- that's the reason. - "Let Your Love Flow" written by Larry Williams, performed by the Bellamy Brothers

Most of the miseries of the world were caused by wars and when the wars were over, no one ever knew what they were about. - 'Ashley Wilkes', Gone with the Wind

Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another. - Juvenal (60-130 AD)

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root. - Henry David Thoreau

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. - Aldous Huxley

The truth is the one thing that nobody will believe. - George Bernard Shaw

Should reverence for life be a priority in our lives? ... Each day around the world, humans display supreme arrogance by ordering the death of other creatures for convenience, for progress or for sport. - Jackie Alan Giuliano, Ph.D., Writer, Teacher, Seattle WA, Author "Healing Our World"

Life has taught us that love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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

Vegetarianism is a philosophy that manifests its reverence and respect for the well-being of all sentient life by advocating and striving for the ultimate adoption of a plant-based diet. - Stanley Sapon, PhD

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, dancer/choreographer (1890-1950)

It's far more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has. - Hippocrates (460 BC - 380 BC)

The wild, cruel beast is not behind the bars of the cage. He is in front of it. - Axel Munthe, Swedish Physician, Psychiatrist and Writer (1857-1949)

For those who are still merely vegetarian and not yet vegan, I ask, what in heaven's name are you waiting for? - Howard Lyman, "No More Bull!"

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 giraffe; a child drinking the milk of a mother cow is just as strange. - Michael Klaper, M.D.

You cannot overcome the enemy, until you've healed in yourself that which you find despicable in them. - I Ching, Book of Changes, c.2800 BC

Spring appears and we are once more children. - Anonymous

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

To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring. - George Santayana (1863 - 1952)

All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come. - Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

One day people will look back with amazement that we ever sought to grow our food with poisons. - John Robbins

Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. The third is to be kind. - Henry James

I will not kill or hurt any living creature needlessly, nor destroy any beautiful thing, but will strive to save and comfort all gentle life, and guard and protect all natural beauty upon the earth. - John Ruskin (1819-1900), English author

There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew. - Marshall McLuhan, 1964

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. - Gandhi

I spoke often in Congress against the war in Vietnam and commented on congresspersons hiding from the reality of war by saying 'many eat the meat but few go to the slaughterhouse'. I said it so often I became a vegetarian. - Rep. Andrew Jacobs

The person who kills for fun is announcing that, could he get away with it, he'd kill you for fun. may be of no consequence to anyone else but is invaluable to you because it's the only one you've got. Exactly the same is true of each individual deer, hare, rabbit, fox, fish, pheasant and butterfly. Humans should enjoy their own lives, not taking others'. - Brigid Brophy

Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is---whether its victim is human or animal---we cannot expect things to be much better in this world... We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing we set back the progress of humanity. - Rachel Carson

It is a surprisingly close progression from hunting animals to hunting and torturing people.. catching and lynching blacks or smoking out Jews during the Holocaust. - Aviva

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

This is the sum of duty: do naught to others which if done to thee, would cause thee pain. - Mahabharata

Those whose minds are at peace and who are free from passions do not desire to live at the expense of others. - Acharanga Sutra

The transition of world agriculture from food grain to feed grains represents an...evil whose consequences may be far greater and longer lasting than any past examples of violence inflicted by men against their fellow human beings. - Jeremy Rifkin

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. - Leo Tolstoy

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

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 - Thomas More

It is the fate of every truth to be an object of ridicule when it is first acclaimed. It was once considered foolish to suppose that black men were really human beings and ought to be treated as such. What was once foolish has now become a recognized truth. Today it is considered as exaggeration to proclaim constant respect for every form of life as being the serious demand of a rational ethic. But the time is coming when people will be amazed that the human race existed so long before it recognized that thoughtless injury to life is incompatible with real ethics. Ethics is in its unqualified form extended responsibility to everything that has life. - Albert Schweitzer

Human beings are the only animals of which I am thoroughly and cravenly afraid. - George Bernard Shaw

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

The thinking man must oppose all cruel customs no matter how deeply rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo. When we have a choice, we must avoid bringing torment and injury into the life of another, even the lowliest creature; to do so is to renounce our manhood and shoulder a guilt which nothing justifies. - Albert Schweitzer

Until he extends the circle of compassion to ALL living things, man will not himself find peace. - Albert Schweitzer

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere - Dr. MLK Jr.

Men hunt I think maybe because they have something wrong with their own equipment and they need something else to shoot - Pamela Anderson

Yes, sometimes unusual things happen after a switch to a vegetarian diet. I've seen a number of cases in which the poor people broke out in violent attacks of good health, followed by bouts of physical exercise and sweet thoughts. - Anonymous

I'd like to see animals removed from the entertainment business. Chimpanzees and apes won't perform unless you beat them. Circuses keep elephants in chains 90 percent of the time. Elephants need freedom of movement. In circuses, they live in cramped quarters, which is not the life intended for them by nature. Some are beaten daily, forced to do ridiculous tricks and robbed of every shred of dignity. - Bob Barker

There exists a substantial body of competent and reliable scientific evidence that eating eggs increases the risk of heart attacks or heart disease....This evidence is systematic, consistent, strong, and congruent. - Ernest G. Barnes

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

The fact is that there is enough food in the world for everyone. But tragically, much of the world's food and land resources are tied up in producing beef and other livestock--food for the well off--while millions of children and adults suffer from malnutrition and starvation. - Dr.Walden Bello

The question is not, Can they reason? nor Can they talk? but, Can they suffer? - Jeremy Bentham

I went snorkeling and noticed how gently the fish welcomed us into their world... as compared to the violence with which we welcomed them into ours. I became a vegetarian. - Syndee Brinkman

May all that have life be delivered from suffering. - Buddha

Vegetarians have the best diet. They have the lowest rates of coronary disease of any group in the country....Some people scoff at vegetarians, but they have a fraction of our heart attack rate…. - Dr.William Castelli

I'm a big health food freak and a vegetarian devotee. - Chelsea Clinton

I think and speak clearer since I cut the dairy out. I can breathe better and perform at a better rate, and my voice is clearer. I can explore different things with my voice that I couldn't do because of my meat and dairy ingestion. I am proud and blessed to be a vegetarian, everything became clear. - Common

If any kid ever realized what was involved in factory farming they would never touch meat again. I was so moved by the intelligence, sense of fun and personalities of the animals I worked with on Babe that by the end of the film I was a vegetarian. - James Cromwell

Killing animals for sport, for pleasure, for adventure, and for hides and furs, is a phenomenon which is at once disgusting and distressing. There is no justification for indulging is such acts of brutality. - The XLV Dalai Lama

One day the world will look upon research on animals as it now looks upon research on human beings. -Leonardo Da Vinci

Many things made me become a vegetarian, among them the higher food yield as a solution to world hunger. - John Denver

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

The 1950's American dream of owning a mink coat is as dead as the 60 mink killed to make that coat. - Trish Donnally

I take vitamins daily, but just the bare essentials not what you'd call supplements. I try to stick to a vegan diet heavy on fruit, vegetables, tofu, and other soy products. - Clint Eastwood

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

I have witnessed and tended to calves in rodeos who became paralyzed and whose tracheas were totally or partially severed. Slamming them to the ground has caused rupture of several internal organs leading to a slow and agonizing death. - Dr. E.J. Finocchino

For many years the media have been afraid of the Goliath power of the meat industry. (But David is coming!) - Pegeen Fitzgerald

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. We err in copying the lower animal world - if we are superior to it. - Mohandas Gandhi

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 to stop this madness. - Richard Gere

People get offended by animal rights campaigns. It's ludicrous. It's not as bad as mass animal death in a factory. - Richard Gere

Martin Luther King taught us all nonviolence. I was told to extend nonviolence to the mother and her calf. - Dick Gregory

I know hundreds of people who have spent years and thousands of dollars on tests looking for ulcers or spastic bowels. I tell them to lay off all dairy for two weeks. The results are usually so striking that it changes their lives. - David Jacobs

Cruelty to … animals is one of the distinguishing vices of low and base minds. Wherever it is found, it is a certain mark of ignorance and meanness; a mark which all the external advantages of wealth, splendour, and nobility cannot obliterate. It is consistent neither with learning nor true civility. - William Jones

There is strong medical evidence that complete freedom from eating animal flesh or cow's milk products is a gateway to optimal nutritional health. - Dr. Michael Klaper

Your choice of diet can influence your long term health prospects more than any other action you might take. - Former Surg. Gen. C. Everett Koop

Cruelty to animals can become violence to humans. - Ali MacGraw

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)

If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian. We feel better about ourselves and better about the animals, knowing we're not contributing to their pain. - Paul & Linda McCartney

Fur used to turn heads, now it turns stomachs. - Rue McClanahan

There are viable (and usually better) alternatives to the use of animals for food, sport, clothing, & experimentation. I beg you to discontinue any actions that might cause or condone animal torture, abuse, or destruction. - Moby

Basically we should stop doing those things that are destructive to the environment, other creatures, and ourselves and figure out new ways of existing. - Moby

Behind every beautiful fur, there is a story. It is a bloody, barbaric story. - Mary Tyler Moore

The standard four food groups are based on American agricultural lobbies. Why do we have a milk group? Because we have a National Dairy Council. Why do we have a meat group? Because we have an extremely powerful meat lobby. - Marion Nestle

Whenever we cause suffering or death to any other being, we cause suffering to the Great Life Force. - Shik Po Chih

When we kill animals to eat them they end up killing us because their flesh...was never intended for human beings, who are naturally herbivores. - William C. Roberts, M.D.

You know, we all oppose animal cruelty. But sometimes we forget that animals on farms suffer and feel pain like all other animals. They, too, deserve to be protected from harm and cruelty. - Charlotte Ross

The person I love would never wear fur. Fur just makes me think of shallow women who have no conscience. The fur industry belongs to a time when people were selfish beyond belief. If you were some ancient tribal chieftain, and there was not a department store nearby 350 years ago, I'd understand. But now, we have synthetic fibers, and it's not necessary. The elitism of fur makes me wanna puke. - Gavin Rossdale

We should live in harmony with Earth not conquer it... or the animals. The other members of the National Football League say I'm in the minority... but they are. A majority of the world is vegetarian. - Former Steelers football Player Glenn Scolnick

He is a heavy eater of beef. Me thinks it doth harm to his wit. - Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

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

Nothing's changed my life more. I feel better about myself as a person, being conscious and responsible for my actions and I lost weight and my skin cleared up and I got bright eyes and I just became stronger and healthier and happier. Can't think of anything better in the world to be but be vegan. - Alicia Silverstone

To be a vegetarian is to disagree---to disagree with the course of things today. Starvation, world hunger, cruelty, waste, wars---we must make a statement against these things. Vegetarianism is my statement. And I think it's a strong one - Isaac Bashevis Singer

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 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

Some people are still going to want to eat meat... we do agree though that vegetarianism is a healthier diet. - David Stroud of the American Meat Institute

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. - Henry David Thoreau

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

A human can 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 am not interested to know whether vivisection produces results that are profitable to the human race or doesn't...The pain which it inflicts upon unconsenting animals is the basis of my enmity toward it, and it is to me sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further - Mark Twain

I love to cook. Very healthy eating. I don't eat meat, fish, or eggs. Nothing that had to die…I think there's something odd about eating another living anything. - Shania Twain

You need to hunt something that can shoot back at you to really classify yourself as a hunter. You need to understand the feeling of what it's like to go into the field and know your opposition can take you out. Not just go out there and shoot Bambi. - Gov. Jesse Ventura

I became very critical of zoos and circuses and keeping animals in captivity. I wish it was against the law. - Christopher Walken

Those who are used to a cage will weep for a cage. - Yevgeny Yevtushenko

There were no Slaughterhouses in the Garden of Eden. - Unknown

Since visiting the abatoirs [slaughterhouses] of S. France, I have stopped eating meat. - Vincent Van Gogh