I really wish that humans would be kind to us.
The indifference, callousness, and contempt that so many people exhibit toward animals is evil first because it results in great suffering towards animals, and second because it results in an incalculably great impoverishment of human spirit.
We generally accept that it’s natural for carnivorous wild animals to kill other animals in order to live. But people don’t often think (or even know) about the extraordinary and unnatural suffering that humans inflict on the animals that we freely harvest for food, with the help of modern high technology and the animal food sciences.
If the millions of caged animals in the world could speak, what might they say.
Each soul taken by violence, violates all humanity.
( Anthony Douglas Williams )
Crying is the only way animals can speak when they are unable to explain the pain they are suffering.
Our treatment of animals, in every department, is deeply and systematically immoral. Becoming a vegetarian is only the most minimal ethical response to the magnitude of the evil.
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 when they came in contact with the more civilised.
( Henry David Thoreau )
How can we possibly behave in a ‘humane’ way when we rape a cow, steal her children, steal her childrens’ milk, and when she can no longer give enough milk and becomes ‘uneconomical’, we brutally kill her and mutilate her body.
When I look into the eyes of animals, I can feel their pain, I see the sadness in their heart, their spirit broken, their freedom lost. Their souls touch my soul.
( Rose Winfold )
When advocating for animals, we need to win hearts and minds, not arguments and debates.
( John Oberg )
Farmers, creatures with no conscience or compassion who profit from enslaving, abusing, hurting, and killing vulnerable animals.
Without close and reciprocal relationships with other animal beings, we’re alienated from the rich, diverse, and magnificent world in which we live.
Dog lovers don’t eat dogs.
Cat lovers don’t eat cats.
Animal lovers don’t eat animals.
I think it’s immoral to harm them. And that seems to me to provide a very strong moral reason to be vegetarian. It seems to me that our treatment of animals is morally appalling, and that we ought to radically revise the way we live, precisely because they feel pain, they can be hurt, and we’re constantly hurting these creatures.
I don’t understand the mentality of this, who sees a magnificent creature in its natural habitat and thinks to themselves they want to kill it ? The culture of ‘hunting’ is sick and twisted. I don’t understand why this sociopathic practise is legal.
( John Smith )
Our interactions with animals tell us a good deal about how we perceive ourselves, who we are as animals. Our interactions with animals run deep, and in very pragmatic ways, these interactions affect both ourselves and the animals involved. Simply put, when we harm other animals we hurt ourselves, and when we protect and nurture other animals, we heal ourselves.
Whenever you’re feeling stupid, just remember..
There’s still people who believe that having blunt canine teeth makes them a natural meat eater.
I remember looking at the fear in her eyes. How could someone be so cruel ?
I thought as the hens cried. When will people realise that other animals have just as much the right as we do.
The human body has no more need for cows’ milk than it does for dogs’ milk, horses’ milk, or giraffes’ milk.
( Dr Michael Klaper )
Real men protect the innocent, the weak, the helpless and the vulnerable.
Emotions are the gifts of our ancestors. We have them and so do other animals.
We must never forget this.
The hardest part about being a vegan is getting up at 3 am to milk the almonds.
Beyond the economics of production efficiency, animal welfare laws that require ‘humane’ treatment are really not about animals. They’re about humans and making humans feel better about using animals. We can comfort ourselves with the idea that we are acting in a ‘humane’ way.
So many people can’t be bothered or inconvenienced to change their eating habits for the betterment of animals, their health, and the environment. Selfish, pathetic and sad come to mind.
The purpose of cows’ milk is to turn a 65 pound calf into a 400 pound cow as rapidly as possible. Cows’ milk is baby cows’ growth fluid. Everything in that white liquid – the hormones, the lipids, the proteins, the sodium, the growth factors, the IGF, every one of those is meant to blow that cow up to a great big cow or it wouldn’t be there.
( Dr Michael Klaper )
Why is it that blood, rather than peace, sells ?
( Marc Bekoff )
If you want to eat animal products, then animals have to die.
You may not be holding the gun or the knife yourself, but you are complicit in their death.
Our treatment of animals and our attitude toward them are crucial not only to any pretensions we have to ethical behaviour but the humankind’s intellectual and moral evolution. Which is how the human animal is meant to evolve, isn’t it ?
The single most important step an individual can take to reduce global warming is to adopt a meat and dairy-free diet.
( The United Nations )
When we say to someone, “Oh you’re behaving like an animal,” it’s actually a compliment rather than an insult. We need to work for a science of peace and build a culture of empathy, and emphasize the positive, pro-social side of the character of other animals and ourselves. It’s truly who we and other animals are.
Animals should not require our permission to live on Earth.
Animals were given the right to be here long before humans arrived.
Is it possible, I ask myself, that all of them are participants in a crime of stupefying proportions ? Am I fantasising it all ? I must be mad. Yet every day I see the evidences. The very people I suspect produce the evidence, exhibit it, offer it to me. Corpses. Fragments of corpses that they have bought for money.
( J.M. Coetzee )
It’s amazing how many cruel, unnecessary and ignorant things are accepted because of so-called ‘tradition’. I’m not sure why this barbaric ‘tradition’ continues, they look so stupid dressed up like that.
( John Smith on ‘hunting’ wildlife animals in the UK )
Surely it is our animal nature that recognizes the divinity of the natural world in all its mystery and beauty, despite the distressing habits and limited perception that afflict our species. So perhaps our hope of redemption lies in the fact that we are animals, not that we are people.
( Elizabeth Marshall Thomas )
Just in case you didn’t know.
Veal is a by-product of the dairy industry.
Especially when it comes to animals used for food, humanity’s reasoning power and concern about fairness plummets.
There was a time when man could communicate with all animals, but we have since forgotten their language.
( Anthony Douglas Williams )
Waiting to be slaughtered, they look into the eyes of humans seeking help and compassion, but see only darkness and ignorance.
I encourage everyone to go where their hearts take them, with love, not fear. If we all travel this road, the world will be a better place for all beings. Kinder and more humane choices will be made when we let our hearts lead the way. Compassion begets compassion and caring for and loving animals spills over into compassion and caring for humans. The umbrella of compassion is very important to share freely and widely.
Pay for unhealthy animal proteins.
Then pay more for medical treatment.
Then die ignorant.
I return one last time to the places of death all around us, the places of slaughter to which, in a huge communal effort, we close our hearts. Each day a fresh holocaust, yet, as far as I can see, our moral being is untouched. We do not feel tainted. We can do anything, it seems, and come away clean.
( J.M. Coetzee )
For some time the monotheistic religions (Christianity, Islam, Judaism & Humanism) have been busy persuading us that humans are superior than anything else in the Universe and nothing else matters. The industrialism is an embodiment of this faith. Soon we will learn we have been wrong.
( Ann Must )
Animals have a short life, yet we choose not only to kill them and make it shorter, we abuse and torture the poor souls beforehand. What does that say about us when we can’t even show a little compassion and kindness before we brutally slaughter them and mutilate their bodies ?
Some folks insist that believing in animal rights is like a religion.
But religion asks followers to believe in things nobody can see, while animal rights advocates ask followers to see things nobody can believe.
What really annoys me ?
Those who say they love animals and yet pay simpletons to kill and mutilate baby cows, baby sheep and baby pigs just so they can cook and feast on pieces of their little bodies.
( Rose Winfold )
Pay towards the brutal murder of animals.
Ignore their pain and suffering.
Be cruel. Be selfish. Be stupid. Be sick.
Those who are incapable of pitying animals are, as a matter of fact, incapable of pitying men. A physician who would cut a living rabbit in pieces, laying bare the nerves, denuding them with knives, pulling them out with forceps, would not hesitate to try experiments with men and women for the gratification of his curiosity.
It’s incredible that there can exist a culture on this earth that sees this as an acceptable thing to do and incredible to think the world allows it to happen.
( John Smith on ‘hunting’ )
The ‘meat’ on your plate isn’t a product of farming.
It’s a product of oppression, violence, torture and murder.
Until we consider animal life to be worthy of the consideration and reverence we bestow upon old books and pictures and historic monuments, there will always be the animal refugee living a precarious life on the edge of extermination, dependent for existence on the charity of a few human beings.