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Animal Rights Quotes / Vegan Quotes

Quotes on the topic of Animal Rights and Veganism.

  • “True human goodness, in all its purity and freedom, can come to the fore only when its recipient has no power. Man­kind’s true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it.”
    Milan Kundera
  • “We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.”
    William Ralph Inge
  • “I ask this court: If it is NOT a crime to torture, enslave and murder animals, then how can it be a crime to free tortured, enslaved and soon-to-be-murdered animals?”
  • “Our grandchildren will ask us one day: Where were you during the Holocaust of the animals? What did you do against these horrifying crimes? We won’t be able to offer the same excuse for the second time, that we didn’t know.”
    Dr. Helmut Kaplan, an Austrian writer and Philosopher
  • “Let me say it openly: we are surrounded by an enterprise of degradation, cruelty, and killing which rivals anything that the Third Reich was capable of, indeed dwarfs it, in that ours is an enterprise without end, self-regenerating, bringing rabbits, rats, poultry, livestock ceaselessly into the world for the purpose of killing them.”
    John Maxwell Coetzee, Nobel Award Winner in Literature
  • “I return one last time to the places of death all around us, the places of slaughter to which, in a huge communal effort, we close our hearts. Each day a fresh holocaust, yet, as far as I can see, our moral being is untouched. We do not feel tainted. We can do anything, it seems, and come away clean.
    We point to the Germans and Poles and Ukrainians who did and did not know of the atrocities around them. We like to think they were inwardly marked by the after-effects of that special form of ignorance. We like to think that in their nightmares the ones whose suffering they had refused to enter came back to haunt them. We like to think they woke up haggard in the mornings and died of gnawing cancers. But probably it was not so. The evidence points in the opposite direction: that we can do anything and get away with it; that there is no punishment.”
    John Maxwell Coetzee, Nobel Award Winner in Literature
  • “I refuse to eat animals because I cannot nourish myself by the sufferings and by the death of other creatures. I refuse to do so, because I suffered so painfully myself that I can feel the pains of others by recalling my own sufferings.”
    Edgar Kupfer-Koberwitz, Dachau concentration camp survivor
  • “ ‘Never again’ is not about what others shouldn’t do to us. It’s about what we shouldn’t do to others. ‘Never again’ means that we must never again perpetrate mass atrocities against other living beings. That we must never again raise animals for food or any other form of exploitation.”
    Dr. Alex Hershaft, Warsaw Ghetto survivor
  • “In the midst of our high-tech, ostentatious, hedonistic lifestyle, among the dazzling monuments to history, art, religion, and commerce, there are the black boxes. These are the biomedical research laboratories, factory farms, and slaughterhouses – faceless compounds where society conducts its dirty business of abusing and killing innocent, feeling beings. These are our Dachaus, our Buchenwalds, our Birkenaus. Like the good German burghers, we have a fair idea of what goes on there, but we don’t want any reality checks.”
    Dr. Alex Hershaft, Warsaw Ghetto survivor
  • “When I see cages crammed with chickens from battery farms thrown on trucks like bundles of trash, I see, with the eyes of my soul, the Umschlagplatz (where Jews were forced onto trains leaving for the death camps). When I go to a restaurant and see people devouring meat, I feel sick. I see a holocaust on their plates.”
    Georges Metanomski, a Holocaust survivor who fought in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
  • “As often as Herman had witnessed the slaughter of animals and fish, he always had the same thought: in their behaviour towards creatures, all men were Nazis. The smugness with which man could do with other species as he pleased exemplified the most extreme racist theories, the principle that might is right.”
    Isaac Bashevis Singer – a member of a family perished in the Holocaust and a Nobel Prize winner
  • “What do they know-all these scholars, all these philosophers, all the leaders of the world – about such as you? They have convinced themselves that man, the worst transgressor of all the species, is the crown of creation. All other creatures were created merely to provide him with food, pelts, to be tormented, exterminated. In relation to them, all people are Nazis; for the animals it is an eternal Treblinka.”
    Isaac Bashevis Singer – a member of a family perished in the Holocaust and a Nobel Prize winner
  • “Around two hundred feet from the main entrance to the [Holocaust] museum is an Auschwitz for animals from which emanates a horrible odor that envelopes the museum. I mentioned it to the museum management. Their reaction was not surprising. ‘But they are only chickens.’”
    Albert Kaplan, a Jewish-American whose parents’ families where perished in the Holocaust
  • “The vast majority of Holocaust survivors are carnivores no more concerned about animals’ suffering than were the Germans concerned about Jews’ suffering…. we have learned nothing from the Holocaust.”
    Albert Kaplan, a Jewish-American whose parents’ families where perished in the Holocaust
  • “Auschwitz begins wherever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks: they’re only animals.”
    Theodor W. Adorno
  • “Holocaust victims WERE treated like animals, and so logically we can conclude that animals are treated like Holocaust victims.”
    Matt Prescott
  • “Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”
    Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages.”
    Jacques Deval
  • “There are times, and these not infrequent, when tears come to my eyes when I see, or read, or hear of the wretched plight of animals in the hands of humans. Their pain, their suffering, their loneliness, their innocence, their death. Anger. Rage. Pity. Sorrow. Disgust. The whole creation groans under the weight of the evil we humans visit upon these mute, powerless creatures. It is our hearts, not just our heads, that call for an end to it all, that demand of us that we overcome, for them, the habits and forces behind their systematic oppression. All great movements, it is written, go through three stages: ridicule, discussion, adoption. It is the realization of this third stage, adoption, that requires both our passion and our discipline, our hearts and our heads. The fate of animals is in our hands. God grant we are equal to the task.”
    Tom Regan
  • “If you want to know where you would have stood on slavery before the Civil War, don’t look at where you stand on slavery today. Look at where you stand on animal rights.”
    Paul Watson
  • “As humans, we kill billions of wild animals today, to protect the animals that we eat. Then we destroy our environment to feed the animals we eat. We spend more time, money and resources fattening up the animals that we eat, than we do feeding humans who are dying of hunger. The greatest irony is that after all the expenses of raising these animals, we eat them; and they kill us, slowly. And rather than recognize this madness, we torture and murder millions of other animals trying to find a cure to the diseases caused by eating animals in the first place. As far as eating is concerned, human beings are the most stupid animal on the planet.”
    Mike Anderson
  • “Man is rated the highest animal, at least among all animals who returned the questionnaire.”
    Robert Brault
  • “People eat meat and think they will become as strong as an ox, forgetting that the ox eats grass.”
    Pino Caruso, Italian actor
  • “It is just like man’s vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions.”
    Mark Twain
  • “The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.”
    Alice Walker
  • “Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.”
    Albert Schweitzer
  • “There are many noteworthy examples of ordinary evil in every culture and country around the globe, but in terms of preventable evil I am hard pressed to find any examples that approach those systematically perpetrated by humans against the members of other species.”
    Lawrence Pope
  • “If you don’t like seeing pictures of violence towards animals being posted, you need to help stop the violence, not the pictures.”
    Johnny Depp
  • “As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields.”
    Leo Tolstoy
  • “The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That’s the essence of inhumanity.”
    George Bernard Shaw
  • “In fact, if one person is unkind to an animal it is considered to be cruelty, but where a lot of people are unkind to animals, especially in the name of commerce, the cruelty is condoned and, once large sums of money are at stake, will be defended to the last by otherwise intelligent people.”
    Ruth Harrison
  • “Now I can look at you in peace; I don’t eat you anymore.”
    Franz Kafka
  • “Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.”
    Albert Schweitzer
  • “Animals, whom we have made our slaves, we do not like to consider our equal. “
    Charles Darwin
  • “For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.”
  • “Our task must be to free ourselves . . . by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.”
    Albert Einstein
  • “Cruelty to animals is as if man did not love God … there is something so dreadful, so satanic, in tormenting those who have never harmed us, and who cannot defend themselves, who are utterly in our power.”
    Cardinal John Henry Newman
  • “Some folks insist that believing in animal rights is like a religion.
    But religion asks followers to believe in things nobody can see, while animal rights advocates ask followers to see things nobody can believe.”
    Craig Burton
  • “The real struggle in being vegan doesn’t involve food. The hardest part about being vegan is coming face-to-face with the darker side of humanity and trying to remain hopeful. It’s trying to understand why otherwise good and caring people continue to participate in needless violence against animals – Just for the sake of their own pleasure or convenience.”
    Jo Tyler
  • “When humans act with cruelty, we characterize them as “animals”, yet the only animal that displays cruelty is humanity.”
    Anthony Douglas Williams
  • “Asking vegans to respect your decision to eat meat is on par with asking feminists to respect sexists, asking people of color to respect racists and asking homosexuals to respect homophobes. It is a ludicrous to think that difference in opinion warrants mutual respect, especially when the opposing opinion in question not only stands for everything you are against but also appropriates suffering, defends oppression and encourages the continuance of exploitation.”
    Felix Sampson
  • “There is no religion without love, and people may talk as much as they like about their religion, but if it does not teach them to be good and kind to man and beast, it is all a sham.”
    Anna Sewell
  • “The waiter said, ‘All of our chicken is free-range.’ And I said, ‘He doesn’t look very free there on that plate.”
    Joe Bob Briggs
  • “Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is — whether its victim is human or animal — we cannot expect things to be much better in this world. We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing, we set back the progress of humanity.”
    Rachel Carson
  • “Just how destructive does a culinary preference have to be before we decide to eat something else? If contributing to the suffering of billions of animals that live miserable lives and (quite often) die in horrific ways isn’t motivating, what would be? If being the number one contributor to the most serious threat facing the planet (global warming) isn’t enough, what is? And if you are tempted to put off these questions of conscience, to say not now, then when?”
    Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals
  • “The question is not, ‘Can they reason?’ nor, ‘Can they talk?’ but ‘Can they suffer?’ “
    Jeremy Bentham
  • “The beef industry has contributed to more American deaths than all the wars of this century, all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined. If beef is your idea of “real food for real people”, you”d better live real close to a real good hospital.”
    Dr. Neal Barnard
  • “The basis of all animal rights should be the Golden Rule: we should treat them as we would wish them to treat us, were any other species in our dominant position.”
    Christine Stevens
  • “The story of the chicken is the saddest story ever told, and we are its authors.”
    T. B. A
  • “Why should man expect his prayer for mercy to be heard by what is above him when he shows no mercy to those under his power?”
    Pierre Troubetzkoy
  • “When a calf is stolen from his loving mother, he takes her heart with him, leaving her forever empty.”
  • “All beings tremble before violence. All fear death, all love life. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do?”
    Guatama Siddhartha
  • “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
    Mahatma Gandhi
  • “To my mind the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body. I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to the protection by man from the cruelty of man.”
    Mahatma Gandhi
  • “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
    Mahatma Gandhi