Vegans For (all) Life

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

"The question is not Can they reason? Nor Can they talk? But Can they Suffer" ~ JeremyBentham, Philosopheri

"My doctrine is this: If we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and we do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt".~ Anna Sewel, Author of Black Beauty; Autobiography of a Horse

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated" ~Gandhi (1869-1948)

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

What struck me whenever I visited a farm was how much more sophisticated was the life the animals were capable of living than was assumed by those exploiting them. The more we are willing to see about their lives, the more we will see. Humans seem to take perverse pleasure in attributing stupidity to animals when it is almost always entirely a question of human ignorance. ~ Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, The Face on Your Plate: The Truth About Food

"If all the beasts were gone, man would die from loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beast, happens to the man." --Chief Seattle

"Until he extends the circle of compassion to all livings things, Man will not himself find peace." --Albert Schweitzer

"A righteous man has regard for the life of his beast." --Proverbs 12:10

"By ethical conduct toward all creatures, we enter into a spiritual relationship with the universe." --A. Schweitzer

"I want to realize brotherhood or identity not merely with the beings called human, but I want to realize identity with all life, even with such things as crawl upon earth." --Mohandas Gandhi

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." --Ghandi

"I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being." --Abraham Lincoln

"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 (inventor)

"Even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath, so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is Vanity." --Ecclesiastes 3:19

"We cannot do great things-- only small things with great love." --Mother Theresa (author)

"If all the beasts were gone, man would die from loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beast, happens to the man." --Chief Seattle

"Until he extends the circle of compassion to all livings things, Man will not himself find peace." --Albert Schweitzer

"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

"A righteous man has regard for the life of his beast." --Proverbs 12:10

"By ethical conduct toward all creatures, we enter into a spiritual relationship with the universe." --A. Schweitzer

"...We know from the truths of evolution and ecology that we are all related and interdependent. Anthropomorphism (crediting animals with human emotions and traits) is, however, outdated. Rather we know that we are like animals." --Michael W. Fox

"I want to realize brotherhood or identity not merely with the beings called human, but I want to realize identity with all life, even with such things as crawl upon earth." --Mohandas Gandhi

"I care not much for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it." --Abraham Lincoln

"The Anti-Vivisector does not deny that physiologists must make experiments and even take chances with new methods. He says that they must not seek knowledge by criminal methods, just as they must not make money by criminal methods. He does not object to Galileo dropping cannon balls from the top of the leaning tower of Pisa; but he would object to shoving off two dogs or American tourists." ~ --George Bernard Shaw

"The question is not, can they reason? Nor, can they talk? But can they suffer?" ~Jeremy Bentham

"...we sacrifice other species to our own not because our own has any objective metaphysical privilege over others, but simply because it is ours. It may be very natural to have this loyalty to our own species, but let us hear no more from the naturalists about the "sentimentality" of anti-vivisectionists. If loyalty to our own species--preference for man simply because we are men--is not sentiment, then what is?" --C.S. Lewis

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." --Ghandi

"I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being." --Abraham Lincoln

"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 PAIN WHICH IT INFLICTS UPON NON-CONSENTING ANIMALS is the basis of my enmity toward it, and it is to me sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further." --Mark Twain

"For fidelity, devotion, love, many a two-legged animal (man) is below the dog and the horse. Happy would it be for thousands of people if they could stand at last before the Judgment Seat and say "I have loved as truly and I have lived as decently as my dog." And yet we call them "only animals"!" --Henry Ward Beecher (abolitionist)

"I despise and abhor the pleas on behalf of that infamous practice, vivisection... I would rather submit to the worst of deaths, so far as pain goes, than have a single dog or cat tortured to death on the pretense of sparing me a twinge or two." --Robert Browning (poet)

"Imagine that you are creating a fabric of human destiny with the object of making men happy in the end, giving them peace and rest at last, but that it was essential and inevitable to torture to death only one tiny creature, and to found that edifice on its unavenged tears. Would you consent to be the architect on those conditions? Tell me, and tell the truth." --Fyodor Dostoyevsky (novelist)

"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. Man, do not pride yourself on superiority to animals; they are without sin, and you, with your greatness, defile the earth by your appearance on it, and leave the traces of your foulness after you--alas, it is true of almost every one of us!" --Fyodor Dostoyevsky (novelist)

"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

"Even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath, so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is Vanity." --Ecclesiastes 3:19

"Our task must be to free ourselves...by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty." --Albert Einstein

"Not to hurt our humble brethren (the animals) is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission--to be of service to them whenever they require it... 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." --Saint Francis of Assisi

"There is not an animal on the earth, nor a flying creature on two wings, but they are people like unto you." --The Koran)

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

"To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body." --Mahatma Gandhi

"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 capitalist for the same reasons." --C. S. Lewis

"All cruelty springs from weakness." --Seneca (4 BC - AD 65)

"We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form." --William Ralph Inge (1860-1954)

It should not be believed that all beings exist for the sake of the existence of man. On the contrary, all the other beings too have been intended for their own sakes and not for the sake of anything else." --Maimonides 1135-1204) (physician and philosopher)

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 (philosopher and mathematician)

"Animals share with us the privilege of having a soul." --Pythagoras

"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

Auschwitz begins wherever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks: theyre only animals. ~ Theodor W. Adorno

I became a vegetarian after realizing that animals feel afraid, cold, hungry and unhappy like we do. I feel very deeply about vegetarianism and the animal kingdom. It was my dog Boycott who led me to question the right of humans to eat other sentient beings. ~ Cesar Chvez

We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to help people understand that the animals are fellow creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves. ~ Cesar Chvez

We know we cannot be kind to animals until we stop exploiting them -- exploiting animals in the name of science, exploiting animals in the name of sport, exploiting animals in the name of fashion, and yes, exploiting animals in the name of food. ~ Cesar Chvez

Humanity's true moral test, its fundamental testconsists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. ~ Milan Kundera

Animals are my friends...and I don't eat my friends. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Man is the cruelest animal. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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

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

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,Oceana, 1886

Life is life - whether in a cat, or dog or man. There is no difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man's own advantage. ~Sri Aurobindo

The only creature on earth whose natural habitat is a zoo is the zookeeper. ~Robert Brault

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - Martin Luther King, Jr

"Our treatment of animals will someday be considered barbarous. There cannot be perfect civilization until man realizes that the rights of every living creature are as sacred as his own." - Dr. David Starr Jordan

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

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"When someone is searching," said Siddhartha, "then it might easily happen that the only thing his eyes see is that what he searches for; that he is unable to find anything or to let anything enter his mind, because he always thinks of nothing but the object of his search, because he has a goal, because he is obsessed by the goal.

Searching means: having a goal; but finding means being free, being open, having no goal.

You, oh venerable one, are perhaps indeed a searcher, because, striving for your goal, there are many things you don't see, which are directly in front of your eyes."

From the book Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse


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