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I outgrew the demand for murdered things.
Myrtle Filmore, co-founder of Unity, along with her husband Charles Filmore
Very little of the great cruelty shown by men can really be attributed to cruel instinct. Most of it comes from thoughtlessness or inherited habit. The roots of cruelty, therefore, are not so much strong as widespread. But the time must come when inhumanity protected by custom, and thoughtlessness will succumb before humanity championed by thought. Let us work that this time may come.
Albert Schweitzer, theologian, humanitarian and physician
If you eat animals, you don't love animals; you love to eat them.
Andrew Kirschner, Ed.D.
My view is that what morality boils down to is, 'Don’t harm, and do help.' And now the question is, 'Can creatures like chickens and cows be harmed?' And the answer is, 'Of course they can.' Consequently, I think it’s immoral to harm them. And that seems to me to provide a very strong moral reason to be vegetarian, to not wear leather... it seems to me that our treatment of animals is morally appalling... and that we ought to radically revise the way we live, precisely because they feel pain, they can be hurt, and we’re constantly hurting these creatures!
Shelly Kagan, Clark Professor of Philosophy at Yale University, known for his writings about moral philosophy and ethics.
Beyond the economics of production efficiency, animal welfare laws that require "humane" treatment are really not about animals; they're about humans and making humans feel better about using animals. We can comfort ourselves with the idea that we are acting in a "humane" way.
From Eat Like You Care: An Examination of the Morality of Eating Animals by Gary Francione
If we are not able to bring the churches, the synagogues and the mosques around to the animal rights view, we will never make large-scale progress for animal rights in the United States.
Norm Phelps, animal rights activist and writer
All animals, including humans, have a right to lives of dignity and respect, without forced intrusions.
From The Animal Manifesto: Six Reasons for Expanding Our Compassion Footprint by Mark Bekoff
Religion asks followers to believe in things nobody can see, however, animal activists ask people to see things they can prove. When Christian animal and environmental activists finally demand that their church be better stewards over the world, we will see change. Until then, one percent of sermons will teach parishioners about the importance of being stewards over our animals in a year. Mega churches and corporate religious empires will continue to own stock in companies that pollute our earth and exploit our animals. Ignorance and hypocrisy will continue to corrupt the pureness of the Gospel. From here, we will not be truly “saved” because we choose not to save ourselves.
Shannon L. Alder, inspirational author, therapist and animal rights activist
What we see in the world around us is just a reflection of what is inside of us.
From Yoga and Vegetarianism: The Path to Greater Health and Happiness, by Sharon Gannon
The vegan lifestyle is a compassionate way to live that supports life, supports fairness and equality, and promotes freedom.
From Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness: The Complete Guide to Building Your Body on a Plant-Based Diet by Robert Cheeke
This for many people is what is most offensive about hunting—to some, disgusting: that it encourages, or allows, us not only to kill but to take a certain pleasure in killing. It's not as though the rest of us don't countenance the killing of tens of millions of animals every year. Yet for some reason we feel more comfortable with the mechanical killing practiced, out of view and without emotion by industrial agriculture.
From The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, by Michael Pollan, American author and journalist
Meat is a 4-legged word.
From Destination Eden by Mango Wodzak