Russian novelist, writer, essayist, philosopher
(1828 – 1910)
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.
Vegetarianism serves as a criterion by which we know that the
pursuit of moral perfection on the part of humanity is genuine and
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.
This is dreadful! Not only the suffering and death of the animals,
but that man suppresses in himself, unnecessarily, the highest spiritual
capacity—that of sympathy and pity towards living creatures like
himself—and by violating his own feelings becomes cruel.
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