The awful wrongs and sufferings forced upon the innocent, helpless, faithful animal race form the blackest chapter in the whole world's history. - Edward Freeman
The animals of the planet are in desperate peril. Without free animal life I believe we will lose the spiritual equivalent of oxygen. – Alice Walker
Nothing living should ever be treated with contempt. Whatever it is that lives, a man, a tree, or a bird, should be touched gently, because the time is short. Civilization is another word for respect for life... - Elizabeth Goudge
Only when the last tree is cut, only when the last river is polluted, only when the last fish is caught, will they realize that you can’t eat money. – Native American proverb
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” – Mohandas K. Gandhi
Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way. – John Muir
I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs ...[they] are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no right to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty. - James Herriot
The question is not, “Can they reason?” nor, “Can they talk?” but rather, “Can they suffer?” – Jeremy Bentham
Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man. - Arthur Schopenhauer
Why wear something that is killing an animal when there are great faux alternatives? It’s tacky to wear real fur.
A growing and increasingly influential movement of philosophers, ethicists, law professors and activists are convinced that the great moral struggle of our time will be for the rights of animals. – Michael Pollan
“All of the animals except for man know that principle business of life is to enjoy it.” — Samuel Butler
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 A. Froude
The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man. — Charles Darwin, English naturalist (1809–1882)
Factory farming is terrible for the environment—not to mention that it’s gross. The best thing you can do, if you think about it, is to become a vegetarian and just spread the word. The world would change for the better for animals, humans, and the planet if everyone took that step.
Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages. – Thomas A. Edison
Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight. – Albert Schweitzer
The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men. – Alice Walker
Eating for me is how you proclaim your beliefs three times a day. That is why all religions have rules about eating. Three times a day, I remind myself that I value life and do not want to cause pain to or kill other living beings. That is why I eat the way I do.
It is totally unconscionable to subject defenseless animals to mutilation and death, just so a company can be the first to market a new shade of nail polish or a new, improved laundry detergent...It's cruel, it's brutal, it's inhumane, and most people don't want it. - Abigail 'Dear Abby' Van Buren
“I know at last what distinguishes man from animals: financial worries.” — Romain Roland
“Lots of people talk to animals. Not very many listen, though. That’s the problem.” — Benjamin Hoff
“Dogs never bite me. Just humans.” — Marilyn Monroe
Eating more consciously now feels like a way of being. I actually think about how my food got to my plate.
“I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.” — Winston Churchill
“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
Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. – Anatole France
Because the heart beats under a covering of hair, of fur, feathers, or wings, it is, for that reason, to be of no account? – Jean Paul Richter
Sources: Peta2.com, Buzzle.com