Vegan Quotes

“The butcher does not relent at the bleating of the lamb; neither is the heart of the cruel moved with distress. But the tears of the compassionate are sweeter than dew-drops, falling from roses on the bosom of spring.” ~ Amenohis IV aka Akhenaton (“servant of the one, true god”), the Heretic King (1380 – 1362 BC) (Egyptian pharaoh, pacifist, banned animal sacrifice and traditional Egyptian religion and instituted a religion based on compassion and monotheism)

“All that breathes is precious. Who is to say that the suffering of an animal is less worthy of solace than the pain of man? The spark of life is no dimmer simply because it is encased in fur or feather.” ~ Anonymous

“Moral principles can never be compromised; they can only be abandoned.” ~ Anonymous

“I made the choice to be vegan because I will not eat (or wear, or use) anything that could have an emotional response to its death or captivity. I can well imagine what that must feel like for our non-human friends – the fear, the terror, the pain – and I will not cause such suffering to a fellow living being.” ― Rai Aren

“Animals cannot speak, but can you and I not speak for them and represent them? Let us all feel their silent cry of agony and let us all help that cry to be heard in the world.” ~ Rukmini Devi Arundale, Hindhu musician, dancer, theosophist and Sanskrit scholar.

“Suffering is suffering. It is always ugly. It is always unwelcome. It always needs to be stopped. There are no exceptions. A person with the capacity but not the inclination to cease suffering is morally incomplete.” ~ Mirko Bagaric

“Human beings are a part of the animal kingdom, not apart from it. The separation of “us” and “them” creates a false picture and is responsible for much suffering. It is part of the in-group/out-group mentality that leads to human oppression of the weak by the strong as in ethic, religious, political, and social conflicts.” -Marc Bekoff

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

“My perspective of veganism was most affected by learning that the veal calf is a by-product of dairying, and that in essence there is a slice of veal in every glass of what I had thought was an innocuous white liquid – milk.” ~ Rynn Berry

“We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate for having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein do we err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with the 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 splendour and travail of the earth.” ~ Henry Beston

“We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals… In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions 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 splendour and travail of the earth.” – Henry Beston

“If a rabbit defined intelligence the way man does, then the most intelligent animal would be a rabbit, followed by the animal most willing to obey the commands of a rabbit.” ~ Robert Brault

“Whenever people say ‘We mustn’t be sentimental’ you can take it they are about to do something cruel. And if they add ‘We must be realistic’ they mean they are going to make money out of it.” ~ Brigid Brophy

“The relationship of homo sapiens to the other animals is one of unremitting exploitation. We employ their work; we eat and wear them. We exploit them to serve our superstitions: whereas we used to sacrifice them to our gods and tear out their entrails in order to foresee the future, we now sacrifice them to science, and experiment on their entrails in the hope—or on the mere off chance—that we might thereby see a little more clearly into the present … To us it seems incredible that the Greek philosophers should have scanned so deeply into right and wrong and yet never noticed the immorality of slavery. Perhaps 3000 years from now it will seem equally incredible that we do not notice the immorality of our own oppression of animals.” ~ Brigid Brophy

“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.” – Martin Buber

“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, and if you have seen a cow in a state of extreme distress because it cannot understand why its calf isn’t by, it can make you think a lot.” ~ Kate Bush

“Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.”  ~ Samuel Butler, Note-Books, 1912

“One should not kill a living being, nor cause it to be killed, nor should one incite another to kill. Do not injure any being, either strong or weak, in the world.” ~ Buddha

“It is more important to prevent animal suffering, rather than sit to contemplate the evils of the universe praying in the company of priests.” ~ Buddha

All beings tremble before violence. All fear death. All love life.” ~ Buddha

“We cannot have peace among men whose hearts find delight in killing any living creature.” ~ Rachel Carson

‎”You call it pork, I call it pig. You call it beef, I call it cow. You call it veal, I call it baby. You call it leather, i call it skin. You call it food, I call it murder. You call it fashion, I call it stealing. You call yourself a human, I call you a barbarian” ~ Anil Chandolia

“To close your eyes will not ease another’s pain.” ~ Chinese Proverb

“I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.” ~ Winston Churchill

“Isn’t man an amazing animal? He kills wildlife – birds, kangaroos, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice, foxes, and dingoes – by the millions in order to protect his domestic animals and their feed. Then he kills domestic animals by the billions and eats them. This in turn kills man by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative – and fatal – health conditions like heart disease, kidney disease, and cancer. So then man tortures and kills millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases. Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals. Meanwhile, some people are dying of sad laughter at the absurdity of man, who kills so easily and so violently, and once a year sends out a card praying for ‘Peace on Earth.” ~ from Old MacDonald’s Factory Farm by C. David Coats

“We cannot have two hearts, one for the animals and one for men. In cruelty towards the former and cruelty to the latter there is no difference but in the victim.” ~ Alphonse Marie-Louis d’Lamartine

“The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.” ~ Leonardo Da Vinci

“The grading of forms, organic functions, customs and diets showed in an evident way that the normal food of man is vegetable like the anthropoids and apes and that our canine teeth are less developed than theirs and that we are not destined to compete with wild beasts or carnivorous animals.” ~ Charles Darwin

“The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man” ~ Charles Darwin

“There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their mental faculties. Like man, they manifestly feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery. Sympathy for the animals is one of the noblest virtues with which man is endowed” ~ Charles Darwin 

“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

“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 Edison

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

“Why is taste, the crudest of our senses, exempted from the ethical rules that govern our other senses?” ~ Jonathon Safran Foer

“We can recognize parts of ourselves in fish – spines, nociceptors (pain receptors), endorphins (that relieve pain), all of the familiar pain responses – but then deny that these animal similarities matter, and thus equally deny important parts of our humanity. What we forget about animals we begin to forget about ourselves”. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer

‎”Peace signs, peace symbols, peace fingers…peace peace peace…there will never be peace among men until one simple thing is accomplished…compassion for all. So don’t tell me you are against war while gnawing on flesh.” ~ Lea Folger-Lucas

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” ~ Anatole France

“My refusing to eat flesh occasioned an inconveniency, and I was frequently chided for my singularity, but, with this lighter repast, I made the greater progress, for greater clearness of head and quicker comprehension. Flesh eating is unprovoked murder.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“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.”~ Francis of Assisi

“Unless we change our food choices, nothing else matters. Because it is meat that is destroying most of our forests. It is meat that pollutes the waters. It is meat that is creating disease which leads to all our money being diverted to hospitals. So, it’s the first choice for anybody who wants to save the Earth.” ~ Maneka Gandhi, Indian Parliament Member

“I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man” ~ Mohandas Gandhi

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

“Who can believe that there is no soul behind those luminous eyes” ~ Theophile Gautier

“In a burning building I would save a cat before a Rembrandt.” ~ Alberto Giacometti

“Try this experiment: skip your cat’s breakfast one morning and bring him or her to the beach instead. Driven by hunger, what natural instincts might kick in? What are the chances that your cat will splash into the water, swim fifty or so miles out into the deep ocean, and there engage a 1200-pound animal (an adult tuna can be as large as a horse) in an underwater battle to the death in order to fulfil the natural feline diet of fish? The idea that fish is a natural food for cats is absurd.” ~ Jed Gillen

“Thousands of people who say they ‘love’ animals sit down once or twice a day to enjoy the flesh of creatures who have been utterly deprived of everything that could make their lives worth living and who endured the awful suffering and the terror of the abattoirs.” ~ Jane Goodall

“Farm animals are far more aware and intelligent than we ever imagined and, despite having been bred as domestic slaves, they are individual beings in their own right. As such, they deserve our respect. And our help. Who will plead for them if we are silent? Thousands of people who say they ‘love’ animals sit down once or twice a day to enjoy the flesh of creatures who have been treated so with little respect and kindness just to make more meat.” ~ Jane Goodall

‎”Animal Activists are not trying to offend, not trying to make you mad. We are not the antagonists, but rather, we are simply exposing the antagonists. We do not enjoy posting videos, spending our free time researching horrific truths. It is not fun. The only reason we do this is because the animals are at our mercy; if we do not speak up for them, no one will. We do this only because we hope that one day, one more video posted, ONE more person will decide to open themselves up to the truth and click to watch what the industry has us unknowingly supporting, and decide that this is not good enough for them anymore. Caring DOES make a difference. Knowing DOES make a difference. Even eating ONE less turkey, ONE less pig, ONE less cow DOES make a difference. Buying ONE less fur item DOES make a difference. Buying ONE less pet from a pet store DOES make a difference. Becoming aware DOES make a difference. Sharing DOES make a difference. Thank you.” ~ Pamela Harp-Gentry

“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” ~ Ruth Harrison

“Lots of people talk to animals… Not very many listen though… that’s the problem.” ~ Benjamin Hoff

“Animal rights does not undermine human rights, but arguing against animal rights does undermine human rights by upholding the logic of supremacy. Ironically all [those who argue against animal rights] end up arguing for the logic of supremacy, which is the logic which underpins prejudice. By arguing against animal rights, they undermine human rights and promote increased risks for human atrocities.” ~ Charles Horn

“First it was necessary to civilise man in relation to man. Now it is necessary to civilise man in relation to nature and the animals.” ~ Victor Hugo

“When a human being dies, there is a bridge they must cross to enter into Heaven. At the head of the bridge waits every animal that human encountered during their lifetime. The animals, based on how that person treated them, decide which humans may cross the bridge… and which are turned away.” ~ An Indian legend

“We have enslaved the rest of animal creation and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.” ~ William Ralph Inge

“Deliberate cruelty to our defenceless 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

“Often, vegan advocates assume that a person’s defensiveness is the result of selfishness or apathy, when in fact it is much more likely the result of systematic and intensive social conditioning.”  ~ Melanie Joy

“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, (1724 – 1804) German Philosopher, Ethicist

“Our grandchildren will ask us one day: Where were you during the Holocaust of the animals? What did you do against these horrifying crimes? We won’t be able to offer the same excuse for the second time, that we didn’t know” ~ Dr. Helmut Kaplan

“One day the absurdity of the almost universal human belief in the slavery of other animals will be palpable. We shall then have discovered our souls and become worthier of sharing this planet with them.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr

“The human body has no more need for cows’ milk than it does for dogs’ milk, horses’ milk, or giraffes’ milk.”  ~ Michael Klaper

“Being a vegan means we break from a violent enculturation which leads us to believe animals, who are biologically no different from humans, are here for our use—that their existence is meant for our pleasure and their welfare is limited by our mandate to use them for our means. You don’t have to be crazy about animals or concerned about your health to go vegan, you just need a basic understanding and a will to change for the better. Go vegan. ~ Adam Kochanowicz (June 28, 2009)

“We all love animals. Why do we call some ‘pets’ and others ‘dinner’?” ~ K.D. Lang

“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

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

“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

“Veganism is not about vegans. Vegans are people with all sorts of good and bad points. But that says nothing about veganism. Vegans are often the messengers of veganism, but don’t confuse the two. Veganism is the understanding that animals value their own lives and bodies, that animals have an interest in continuing their existence and avoiding suffering and that animals have the right to be treated with respect and justice and not to be treated as property. The logic of veganism stands independent of any individual vegan person.” ~ Greg McFarlane

“I became a vegan the day I watched a video of a calf being born on a factory farm. The baby was dragged away from his mother before he hit the ground. The helpless calf strained its head backwards to find his mother. The mother bolted after her son and exploded into a rage when the rancher slammed the gate on her. She wailed the saddest noise I’d ever heard an animal make, and then thrashed and …dug into the ground, burying her face in the muddy placenta. I had no idea what was happening respecting brain chemistry, animal instinct, or whatever. I just knew that this was deeply wrong. I just knew that such suffering could never be worth the taste of milk and veal. I empathized with the cow and the calf and, in so doing, my life changed.” ~ James McWilliams

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

“If a robin redbreast in a cage, Puts all heaven in a rage, How feels heaven when dies the billionth battery hen” ~ Spike Milligan

“Intellectually, human beings and animals may be different, but it’s pretty obvious that animals have a rich emotional life and that they feel joy and pain. It’s easy to forget the connection between a hamburger and the cow it came from. But I forced myself to acknowledge the fact that every time I ate a hamburger, a cow had ceased to breathe” ~ Moby

“If you don’t want to be beaten, imprisoned, mutilated, killed or tortured then you shouldn’t condone such behaviour towards anyone, be they human or not.” ~ Moby

“Could you look an animal in the eyes and say to it, ‘My appetite is more important than your suffering’?” ~ Moby

“Men dig their graves with their own teeth and die by those fated instruments more than the weapons of their enemies.” ~ Thomas Moffett

The world, we are told, was made especially for man – a presumption not supported by all the facts…Why should man value himself as more than a small part of the one great unit of creation? ~ John Muir, naturalist and explorer (1838–1914)

“The deeper minds of all ages have had pity for animals.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 – 1900). Prussian Philosopher and Professor of Comparative Philology. In 1889, Nietzsche collapsed in Turin, after throwing his arms around the neck of a horse being cruelly whipped by a coachman.

“Too often I’ll hear a “tsk” and the words “baby steps!” when I point out to advocates that the best way to talk to nonvegans about not using animals is to explain to them in clear terms why other animals aren’t ours to use. The call for “baby steps!” is patronizing, honestly, as if nonvegans are somehow unable to grasp simple concepts like sentience or to be able to weigh actual facts rather than be coddled. Even more often, I’ll hear the term “stepping-stone” tossed around to excuse advocating for variations on reduced animal use. A clear argument for veganism is what got me to go and stay vegan and the many, many years I teetered between lacto-vegetarianism and strict vegetarianism were no stepping-stone at all: They were a bog in which I was quite contentedly stuck, engaging in communal congratulatory backslapping with others in that same bog. I convinced myself that I was doing “enough” until someone finally told me that I wasn’t and explained why in plain language. Many other abolitionist vegans with whom I’ve had conversations over the years have shared similar stories and sentiments. Why on earth would I advocate anything less than veganism and risk leading others into that same bog?” ~ Mylene Ouellet

“I don’t know how to save the world. I don’t have the answers or The Answer. I hold no secret knowledge as to how to fix the mistakes of generations past and present. I only know that without compassion and respect for all of Earth’s inhabitants, none of us will survive – nor will we deserve to.” ~ Leonard Peltier

“A philosophical debate is raging in the animal rescue community as groups seek to come to terms with the concept of ‘no-kill’ shelters. Questions usually focus only on the fate of the homeless cats and dogs; what is often absent from the discussion are the numbers of murdered ‘farm’ animals fed to shelter animals. Perhaps the definition of no-kill varies according to which species are considered companions. The rescue of one species at the expense of another contradicts our definition of ‘sanctuary.’ Using cruelty-free food is at the heart of Home At Last’s mission – a challenging but not impossible task.  ~ Stan Petrey (1998), cofounder and executive director of the Home At Last animal shelter in Kentucky, USA

“It takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal.” ~ Joaquin Phoenix

“If you’re eating or drinking something made from cow’s milk, it’s because a calf chained in a box somewhere isn’t.” ~Dan Piraro

“If you caught your kid raising cats in tiny boxes, forcing them to live in their own feces without clean air or sunlight, pulling their teeth and claws out with pliers to keep them from hurting each other, then skinning them alive to make collars to sell to their friends, you’d rush him to a psychiatrist. But you support that very behavior every time you buy meat, eggs, dairy or fur.” ~ Dan Piraro

Living with animals can be a wonderful experience, especially if we choose to learn the valuable lessons animals teach through their natural enthusiasm, grace, resourcefulness, affection and forgiveness.”
~ Dr Richard H. Pitcairn, American Veterinarian, Nutritionist and Author

“Freedom is the right of all sentient beings.” ~ Optimus Prime, Transformers


“When I was old enough to realize all meat was killed, I saw it as an irrational way of using our power, to take a weaker thing and mutilate it. It was like the way bullies would take control of younger kids in the schoolyard.” ~ River Phoenix (actor, 1970 – 1993)

“The Gods created certain kinds of beings to replenish our bodies; they are the trees and the plants and the seeds.” ~ Plato, Greek philosopher, (circa 428-347 B.C.)

“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?…

It is certainly not lions and wolves that we eat out of self-defence; on the contrary, we ignore these and slaughter harmless, tame creatures without stings or teeth to harm us, creatures that, I swear, Nature appears to have produced for the sake of their beauty and grace. But nothing abashed us, not the flower-like tinting of their flesh, not the persuasiveness of their harmonious voice, not the cleanliness of their habits or the unusual intelligence that may be found in the poor wretches.

No, 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 A.D 46- 120

“But for the sake of some 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 into the world to enjoy.” ~ Plutarch A.D 46- 120

“Why then dost thou against nature eat an animate thing?
There is nobody that is willing to eat even a lifeless and a dead thing even as it is; so they boil it, and roast it, and alter it by fire and medicines…that the palate being thereby deceived may admit of such uncouth fare.” ~ Plutarch

“The human body in no way resembles those that were born for ravenousness; it hath no hawk’s bill, no sharp talon, the roughness of teeth, no such strength of stomach, or heat of digestion, as can be sufficient to convert or alter such fleshy and heavy fare. But if you will contend that you were born to an inclination to such food as you now have a mind to eat, do you then kill what you would eat? But do it yourself, without the help of a chopping-knife, as wolves, bears and lions do, who eat it all at once. Rend an ox with thy teeth, worry a hog with thy mouth, tear a lamb or a hare in pieces, and fall on and eat it alive as they do. But if thou had rather stay until what thou eat is to become dead, and if thou aren’t loath to force a soul out of its body, why then thou dost against nature eat an inanimate thing? There is nobody willing to eat a lifeless and dead thing even as it is; so they boil and roast it, and alter it by fire and medicines, changing and quenching the slaughtered gore with thousands of sweet sauces, that the palate being thereby deceived may admit of such uncouth fare.” ~ Plutarch (c. AD 46 – c. AD 120)

“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 571 – 495 BC

“Alas, what wickedness to swallow flesh into our own flesh, to fatten our greedy bodies by cramming in other bodies, to have one living creature fed by the death of another! For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seeds of murder and pain cannot reap the joy of love.” ~ Pythagoras Ionian (Greek) mathematician and philosopher 571 – 495 BC

“Racists are people who think that the members of their race are superior to the members of other races simply because the former belong to their (the “superior”) race. Sexists believe that the members of their sex are superior to the members of the opposite sex simply because the former belong to their (the “superior”) sex. Both racism and sexism are paradigms of insupportable bigotry. There is no superior or inferior sex or race. Racial and sexual differences are biological, not moral. The same is true of speciesism, the view that members of the species Homo Sapiens are superior to members of every other species simply because human beings belong to one’s own (the “superior”) species. For there is no superior species. To think otherwise is to be no less prejudiced than racists and sexists.” ~ Tom Regan

“Getting your nutrients from meat is like running your water through a sewer before you drink it.” ~ Colleen Riordan

“The standard diet of a meat-eater is blood, flesh, veins, muscles, tendons, cow secretions, hen periods and bee vomit. And once a year during a certain holiday in November, meat-eaters use the hollowed out rectum of a dead bird as a pressure cooker for stuffing. And people think vegans are weird because we eat tofu?” ~ John Robbins

“The animals you eat are not those who devour others; you do not eat the carnivorous beasts, you take them as your pattern. You only hunger after sweet and gentle creatures who harm no one, which follow you, serve you, and are devoured by you as the reward of their service.” ~ John Jacques Rousseau

“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 perfect all natural beauty upon the earth.” ~ John Ruskin

“At one point I felt a gentle tap on my shoulder and turned around to see a female Moon bear reaching out through the cage. Without thinking, I took her paw and, whilst gazing into sad, dark, unblinking eyes, made a pledge that one day I’d be back to set her free.” ~ Jill Robinson (CEO of Animals Asia Foundation)

“If you don’t like pictures of animal cruelty being posted on social media, you need to help stop the cruelty, not the pictures. You should be bothered that its happening, not that you saw it.”  ~ Marie Sarantakis

“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.” ~ Albert Schweitzer, French philosopher, physician, and musician (Nobel 1952)

“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

“Ethics, too, are nothing but reverence for life. That is what gives me the fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, promoting, and enhancing life, and that destroying, injuring, and limiting life are evil.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“The great fault of all ethics hitherto has been that they believed themselves to have to deal only with the relations of man to man. In reality, however, the question is what is his attitude to the world and all life that comes within his reach. A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him, and that of plants and animals as that of his fellow men, and when he devotes himself helpfully to all life that is in need of help. Only the universal ethic of the feeling of responsibility in an ever-widening sphere for all that lives, only that ethic can be founded in thought. The ethic of Reverence for Life, therefore, comprehends within itself everything that can be described as love, devotion, and sympathy whether in suffering, joy, or effort.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“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 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

“The human spirit is not dead. It lives on in secret…..It has come to believe that 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

“A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him, that of plants and animals as that of his fellow men, and when he devotes himself helpfully to all life that is in need of help.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“I choose not to make a graveyard of my body for the rotting corpses of dead animals.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

“Think of the fierce energy concentrated in an acorn!  You bury it in the ground, and it explodes into an oak!  Bury a sheep, and nothing happens but decay.”  ~ George Bernard Shaw

“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

“We pray on Sundays that we may have light,
To guide our footsteps on the path we tread.
We’re sick of War, we do not want to fight –
The thought of it now fills our hearts with dread,
And yet – we gorge ourselves upon the dead.
Like carrion crows, we live and feed on meat,
Regardless of the suffering and pain
We cause by doing so, if thus we treat
Defenceless animals for sport or gain,
How can we hope in this world to attain
The PEACE we say we are so anxious for.”
~ George Bernard Shaw

“People ask me how I look so young; I tell them I look my age. It is other people who look older; what do you expect from people who eat corpses?” ~ George Bernard Shaw

“A dinner! How horrible!
I am to be made the pretext for killing all those wretched animals and birds, and fish! Thank you for nothing.
Now if it were to be a fast instead of a feast; say a solemn three days’ abstention from corpses in my honour, I could at least pretend to believe that it was disinterested. Blood sacrifices are not in my line”. ~ George Bernard Shaw (Letter 30th December 1929)

“While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth? Animals are my friends…and I don’t eat my friends.” ~ George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950  (Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 1925)

“As long as people will shed the blood of innocent creatures there can be no peace, no liberty, no harmony between people. Slaughter and justice cannot dwell together.” ~ Isaac Bashevis Singer, writer and Nobel laureate (1902–1991)

“Human beings see oppression vividly when they’re the victims. Otherwise they victimize blindly and without a thought.” ~ 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

“150 years ago, they would have thought you were absurd if you advocated for the end of slavery. 100 years ago, they would have laughed at you for suggesting that women should have the right to vote. 50 years ago, they would object to the idea of African Americans receiving equal rights under the law. 25 years ago they would have called you a pervert if you advocated for gay rights. They laugh at us now for suggesting that animal slavery be ended. Some day they won’t be laughing.” ~ Gary Smith

“How can people spend this Christmas season talking of “peace on earth” and “love” and then sit down to devour someone who never knew love or peace?” – Judy Stephens Snook

“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 (novelist and poet, 1850 – 1894)

“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

“As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields.” ~ Leo Tolstoy

“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

“Refrain at all times from such foods as cannot be procured without violence and oppression.” ~ Thomas Tryon

“Of all the creatures, man is the most detestable. Of the entire brood, he’s the one that possesses malice. He is the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be pain. 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 creature that cannot.” ~ Mark Twain

“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.” ~ Mark Twain (1899)

“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 to me.” ~ Mark Twain

“Man is a religious animal. He is the only religious animal. He is the only animal that has the ‘True Religion’ – several of them! He is the only animal that loves his neighbour as himself but cuts his throat if his theology isn’t straight. He has made a graveyard of the globe in trying his honest best to smooth his brother’s path to happiness and heaven. The animals have no religion. And we are told that they are going to be left out in the Hereafter. I wonder why? It seems questionable taste……Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it. It is just like man’s vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions. The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures. The fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot. I am not interested to know whether it is profitable to the human race or not. The pain it inflicts upon unconsenting animals is the basis and sufficient justification of my enmity towards it without looking further. In studying the traits and dispositions of the so-called lower animals, and contrasting them with man’s, I find the result humiliating to me.” ~ Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) Author (1835 – 1910)

“The real struggle in being vegan doesn’t involve food. The hardest part about being vegan is coming face-to-face with the darker side of humanity & trying to remain hopeful. It’s trying to understand why otherwise good & caring people continue to participate in the needless violence against animals just for the sake of their own pleasure or convenience.” ~ Jo Tyler

“We can see quite plainly that our present civilisation is built on the exploitation of animals, just as past civilisations were built on the exploitation of slaves, and we believe the spiritual destiny of man is such that in time he will view with abhorrence the idea that men once fed on the products of animals’ bodies” ~ Donald Watson

“If you want to know where you would have stood on slavery before the Civil War, don’t look at where you stand on slavery today. Look at where you stand on animal rights”. ~ Captain Paul Watson, Sea Shepherd 

“We tend to think animals are lower than us, but all the scientists in the world couldn’t design and operate a bumblebee’s wing. We can’t jump or run very fast, and we can’t carry vast weights like an ant can. We can’t see in the dark and we can’t fly except crammed in a noisy tube like sardines, which doesn’t count. Humans compared to animals are almost totally deaf, and we can’t smell a fart in an elevator by their standards. We are finite and separate, and neurotic, while the consciousness of an animal is at peace and eternal. We strive and go crazy to become more important. Animals rest and sleep and enjoy the company of each other. We think we have evolved upwards from animals but we have lost almost all of their qualities and abilities. The idea that animals don’t have consciousness or that they don’t have a soul is rather crass. It shows a lack of consciousness. They talk, they have families, they feel things, they act individually or together to solve problems, they often care of their young as a tribal unit. They play, they travel, and medicate themselves when they get sick. They cry when others in the herd die, they know about us humans. Of course they have a soul, a very pristine one. We humans are only now attempting with the recent rise in consciousness to achieve the soul that animals have naturally.” ~ Stuart Wilde

“The Circus is to Entertainment, what Vivisection is to Science, what Pornography is to Art.” ~ Philip Wollen

“When animals do something noble we say they are behaving ‘like humans’. When humans do something disgusting we say they are behaving ‘like animals’. Clumsy use of the English language perpetuates the myth that animals are inferior and disposable beings.” ~ Philip Wollen

“The fate of animals is of greater importance to me than the fear of appearing ridiculous.” ~ Emile Zola