Quote on Vegetarianism
"If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian."
-Paul and Linda McCartney
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
"Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet."
"To consider yourself an environmentalist and still eat meat is like saying you're a philanthropist who doesn't give to charity."
"I have learned from an early age to abjure the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men."
-Leonardo Da Vinci
"Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages."
"Since visiting the abattoirs of S. France I have stopped eating meat." -Vincent Van Gogh
"Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment. They simply are not ours, and we have no business whatsoever in treating them as if we owned them or as if we are entitled to them."
"If you could see or feel the suffering, you wouldn't think twice. Give back life. Don't eat meat."
"We stopped eating meat many years ago. During the course of a Sunday lunch, we happened to look out of the kitchen window at our young lambs playing happily in the fields. Glancing down at our plates, we suddenly realized we were eating the leg of an animal who had until recently been playing in a field herself. We looked at each other and said "Wait a minute, we love these sheep - they're such gentle creatures. So why are we eating them?" It was the last time we ever did."
-Paul and Linda McCartney
"As custodians of the planet, it is our responsibility to deal with all species with kindness, love and compassion. That these animals suffer through human cruelty is beyond understanding. Please help to stop the madness." -Richard Gere
"When I was old enough to realize all meat was killed, I saw it as an irrational way of using our power, to take a weaker thing and mutilate it. It was like the way bullies would take control of younger kids in the schoolyard." -River Phoenix
"As I sat down at the dinner table with my child, I looked at my plate and thought to myself...this too was someone's child." -Jaime Rothman
is a way of living consciously on the planet."
get offended by animal rights campaigns. Itís ludicrous. Itís not as bad as
mass animal death in a factory."
always felt that animals are the purest spirits in the world. They donít fake
or hide their feelings, and they are the most loyal creatures on Earth. And
somehow we humans think weíre smarterówhat a joke."
vegetarian is to step into the stream which leads to nirvana.
remember in our dealings with animals that they are a sacred trust to us from
our heavenly Father. They are dumb and cannot speak for themselves.
--Harriet Beecher Stowe
are the only hunters who kill when not hungry.
He is a
heavy eater of beef. Me thinks it doth harm to his wit.
--Shakespeare in "Twelfth Night"
put the ladybug outside without harming her. (to his butler)
It is a
surprisingly close progression from hunting animals to hunting and torturing
people.. catching and lynching blacks or smoking out Jews during the Holocaust.
--Aviva Cantor writing in MS Magazine
people are still going to want to eat meat.. we do agree though that
vegetarianism is a healthier diet.
--David Stroud of the American Meat Institute
really ask what reason Pythagoras had for abstaining from flesh? For my part I
rather wonder both by what accident and in what state of soul or mind the first
man did so, touched his mouth to gore and brought his lips to the flesh of a
dead creature, he who set forth tables of dead, stale bodies and ventured to
call food and nourishment the parts that had a little before bellowed and cried,
moved and lived. How could his eyes endure the slaughter when throats were slit
and hides flayed and limbs torn from limb? How could his nose endure the stench?
How was it that the pollution did not turn away his taste, which made contact
with the sores of others and sucked juices and serums from mortal wounds? Ö It
is certainly not lions and wolves that we eat out of self-defense; on the
contrary, we ignore these and slaughter harmless, tame creatures without stings
or teeth to harm us, creatures that, I swear, Nature appears to have produced
for the sake of their beauty and grace. But nothing abashed us, not the
flower-like like tinting of the flesh, not the persuasiveness of the harmonious
voice, not the cleanliness of their habits or the unusual intelligence that may
be found in the poor wretches. No, for the sake of a little flesh we deprive
them of sun, of light, of the duration of life to which they are entitled by
birth and beingÖ
kid ever realized what was involved in factory farming they would never touch
meat again. I was so moved by the intelligence, sense of fun and personalities of
the animals I worked with on Babe that by the end of the film I was a
thinking I'm one of those wise-ass California vegetarians who is going to tell
you that eating a few strips of bacon is bad for your health. I'm not. I say its
a free country and you should be able to kill yourself at any rate you choose,
as long as your cold dead body is not blocking my driveway.
--Scott Adams ( writer of Dilbert)
ask people why they have deer heads on the wall. They always say, ĎBecause
itís such a beautiful animal.í There you go. I think my motherís
attractive, but I have photographs of her."
an animal to make a coat is sin. It wasn't meant to be, and we have no right to
do it. A woman gains status when she refuses to see anything killed to be put on
her back. Then she's truly beautiful. "
every beautiful fur, there is a story. It is a bloody, barbaric story. "
--Mary Tyler Moore
consume the carcasses of creatures of like appetites, passions and organs with
our own, and fill the slaughterhouses daily with screams of pain and fear.
--Robert Louis Stevenson
have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed In the
graceful distance of miles, there is complicity."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
I think maybe because they have something wrong with thier own equipment and
they need something else to shoot.
--Pamela Lee Anderson
canít really voice their opinion. We feel as though we can be on of the
spokespeople on their behalf."
we should stop doing those things that are destructive to the environment, other
creatures, and ourselves and figure out new ways of existing.
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.
thing that has been weighing on my mind this week is that I wanted to go and
save all the little live lobsters in restaurants and throw them back in the
ocean. Imagine me being arrested for that".
look at the course of western history you'll see that we're slowly granting
basic rights to everyone. A long time ago only kings had rights. Then rights
were extended to property-owning white men. Then all men. Then wymyn. then
children. Then the mentally retarded. Now we're agonizing over the extension of
basic rights to homosexuals and animals. We need to finally accept that all
sentient creatures are deserving of basic rights. I define basic rights as this
-- the ability to pursue life without having someone else's will involuntarily
forced upon you. Or, as the framers of the constitution put it, the ability to
have "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness". By what criteria
can you justify denying basic rights to any living thing? Realize that by
whatever criteria you employ someone could deny basic rights to you if they
objected to your species, sexual preferences, color, religion, ideology etc.
Would you eat your housecat, or force a mentally retarded child to ingest oven
cleaner? If not, then why is it ok to eat cows and test products on sentient
animals? I believe that to knowingly commit actions that cause or condone
suffering is reprehensible in the extreme. I call upon you to be compassionate
and treat others as you want to be treated. If you don't want to be beaten,
imprisoned, mutilated, killed or tortured then you shouldn't condone such
behavior towards anyone, be they human or not.
to be if a bird had a severe contamination, you condemned the sucker. But
nowadays my own supervising inspector says, "There can be no more bad birds
on your tally. You've had to many."
--A seven year poultry inspector
have any understanding of a human being who doesn't respect the beauty of life
and that goes for all creatures that have thoughts, feelings and needs.
what it feels like to be hurt, and I don't want to cause that pain to any other
person or creature. But somehow, in society, we numb ourselves in order to make
money or to feel better about ourselves, such as with cosmetics or food. We say
to ourselves," I'm going to use this animal. I'm going to say it doesn't
have much worth so that I can allow myself to do these cruel things". And
that just isn't fair.
I'm a big
health food freak and a vegetarian devotee.
live the lives of Eskimos. We don't need to kill animals for fashion.
That's a living creature. We don't have the right to take their life away for
years ago, I was in a Broadway show and I had to wear a fox fur around my
shoulders. One day my hand touched one of the fox's legs. It seemed to be in two
pieces. Then it dawned on me.... her leg had probably been snapped in two by the
steel trap that had caught it."
person I love would never wear fur. Fur just makes me think of shallow women who
have no conscience. The fur industry belongs to a time when people were selfish
beyond belief. If you were some ancient tribal chieftain, and there was not a
department store nearby 350 years ago, I'd understand. But now, we have
synthetic fibers, and it's not necessary. The elitism of fur makes me wanna puke.
vegetarian." I was sitting here eating my plate of chicken salad, and
suddenly I looked down and saw all the meat on my plate and just wasn't hungry
anymore. So I've decided I'm not going to eat meat.