French dramatist, novelist, essayist, art historian, mystic
"Thousands of animals are butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. It cries vengeance upon all the human race."
"To a man whose mind is free there is something even more intolerable in the sufferings of animals than in the suffering of man. For with the latter it is at least admitted that suffering is evil and that the man who causes it is a criminal. But thousands [now millions] of animals are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. If any man were to refer to it, he would be thought ridiculous. And that is the unpardonable crime."
(Ed.) It is interesting to note that there are now millions of animals being butchered each day. Romain Rolland was a French novelist, dramatist, essayist, mystic, and pacifist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1915. Rolland had a strong sense of social responsibility - he saw that art must be a part of the struggle to bring enlightenment to people.