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While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on the earth?
 
George Bernard Shaw
 
 
After years of research and experience I am convinced that man must be faithful to the natural law and depend simply and entirely on the great vegetal mother... Anatomically speaking, as witness the nature of his teeth and intestines, man is meant to be vegetarian... The use of animal flesh and animal products is speculative and hazardous.
 
George Ohsawa
(who cured himself of 'incurable' illness)
 
 
'Thou shalt not kill' means exactly what it says; no more, no less. It certainly does not mean 'Thou shalt not kill except for the pleasure of eating the bodies of the slain, or drinking the milk intended by nature for the slaughtered calf, the vain desire to adorn the human body with the fur, feathers or skin of another animal; or because it is a very profitable business to breed or catch animals for the experimental laboratory where they will be starved, burned, gassed, poisoned, mutilated and otherwise tortured and then killed.
 
Eva Batt
 
 
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
 
Mahatma Gandhi
 
 
Man, do not pride yourself on your 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...
 
Dostoevsky
 
 
I am sometimes asked 'Why do you spend so much of your time and money talking about kindness to animals when there is so much cruelty to men?' I answer, 'I am working at the roots.'
 
George T. Angell
 
 
Blessed are ye who abstain from all things gotten by bloodshed and death, and fulfil all righteousness: blessed are ye, for ye shall attain to Beatitude.
 
Jesus
from the Gospel of the Holy Twelve
 
 
The practice of religion involves, as the first principle, a loving, compassionate heart for all creatures.
 
Buddha
 
 
I think that eating meat or fish is a denial of all ideals, even of all religions... We are all God's creatures - that we pray to God for mercy and justice while we continue to eat the flesh of animals that are slaughtered on our account is not consistent.
 
Isaac Bashevis Singer
Jewish vegetarian & Nobel prizewinner
 
 
Why do you belie the earth, as if it were unable to feed and nourish you? Does it not shame you to mingle murder and blood with her beneficient fruits?
 
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
 
He who takes pity even on a sparrow and spares its life, God will be merciful to him on the Day of Judgement.
 
Mohammed from The Koran
 
 
If man's aspirations towards right living are serious... he will first abstain from animal food because... its use is simply immoral as it requires the performance of an act which is contrary to moral feeling - killing.
 
Leo Tolstoy
 
 
...the deer, the horse, the great eagle, these are our brothers.
 
Chief Seattle
 
 
From street, from cage and from kennel,
From stable and zoo, the wail
Of my tortured kin proclaims the sin
Of the mighty against the frail.
 
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
 
 
The animals which the Great Spirit put here must go, says the Wasichu (White Man). The 'man-made' animals are allowed to stay - at least until they are shipped out to be butchered. The terrible arrogance of the White Man, making himself something more than God... You are buying and selling death.
 
Lame Deer
Sioux medicine man
 
 
Hold fast to vegetarianism and abstain from taking life. Benefit living creatures and human beings. Cultivate goodness and happiness.
 
Yin-chih-wen
A Confucian-Taoist treatise
 
 
The question is not, can they reason? Nor, can they talk? But can they suffer?
 
Jeremy Bentham
 
 All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good people do nothing.
 
Edmund Burke
 
 If we can really love all life then we see that the butterfly has as much right to live and survive as we do... It is our task in life to make this planet a beautiful place to be, that is why we are here. I know we can do it, I know we will.
 
Helen Caldicott, MD
 
 Come nigh little bird with your half-stretched wings - within you I behold choirs of angels, and the Lord himself in vista.
 
Edward Carpenter
 
 For hundreds of thousands of years, the stew in the pot has brewed hatred and resentment that is difficult to stop. If you wish to know why there are disasters of armies and weapons in the world, listen to the piteous cries from the slaughter-house at midnight.
 
Ancient Chinese Verse
 
Universal Kinship
 
Yes, do as you would be done by ~ and not to the dark man and the white woman alone, but to the sorrel horse and the grey squirrel as well; not to creatures of your own anatomy alone, but to all creatures. You cannot go high enough, low enough nor far enough to find those whose bowed and broken beings will not rise up at the coming of the kindly heart, or whose souls will not darken at the touch of inhumanity. Do to beings below as you would be done by beings above you.
 
They are our fellow mortals. They came out of the same mysterious womb of the past, are passing through the same dream, and are destined to the same melancholy end as we ourselves. Let us be kind and merciful to them.
 
J. Howard Moore
 
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