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This Quotations Archive contains words from famous and some not so famous people who have expressed a sense of love, compassion, and respect for all of God's creation: for people, for animals, and for the environment. They speak of our teaching methods and philosophy. They speak of a lifestyle of non-violence. They seek to eliminate cruelty and suffering. They seek to wake us up. They seek to give us hope.

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Henry Spira
Belgian-American animal rights advocate, founded Animal Rights International in 1974, responsible for first full-page NY Times ad opposed to animals tested for cosmetics
(1927-1998)

"My dream is that people will come to view eating an animal as cannibalism."

"I began to wonder why we cuddle some animals and put a fork in others."

"I guess basically one wants to feel that oneís life has amounted to more than just consuming products and generating garbage. I think that one likes to look back and say that oneís done the best one can to make this a better place for others. You can look at it from this point of view: What greater motivation can there be than doing whatever one possibly can to reduce pain and suffering?"

ďSet goals that are achievable. Bring about meaningful change one step at a time. Raising awareness is not enough.Ē

"We don't have the response to pets as we do to cattle. We canít eat dogs but we can eat pigs. But pigs are just as intelligent as dogs, if not more. We donít see them. Pigs are in cages away from us, in the dark. That could be a part of it. We also donít have an evolved response to climate change. We do things we know have disastrous consequences.We know it fucks the poor, desert peoples around the world, coastal peoples. Turning on the AC, eating the steak, on the plane. Absolutely devastating."

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