In 1968, civil rights leader Dick Gregory compared humanity's treatment of
animals with the conditions of America's inner cities
(1832 - )
"Because I am a civil rights activist, I am also an animal rights activist. Animals and humans suffer and die alike. Violence causes the same pain, the same spilling of blood, the same stench of death, the same arrogant, cruel and brutal taking of life. We donít have to be a part of it."
"Animals and humans suffer and die alike. If you had on kill your own hog
before you ate it, most likely you would not be able to do it. To hear the hog
scream, to see the blood spill, to see the baby being taken away from its momma,
and to see the look of death in the animals eye would turn your stomach. So you
get the man at the packing house to do the killing for you.
"In like manner, if the wealthy aristocrats who are perpetrating conditions in the ghetto actually heard the screams of ghetto suffering, or saw the slow death of hungry little kids, or witnessed the strangulation of manhood and dignity, they could not continue the killing. But the wealthy are protected from such horror...If you can justify killing to eat meat, you can justify the conditions of the ghetto. I cannot justify either one."