Quote on Vegetarianism

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"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."

 -Mahandas Gandhi

"Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet." 

-Albert Einstein

"To consider yourself an environmentalist and still eat meat is like saying you're a philanthropist who doesn't give to charity." 

-Howard Lyman

"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."

 -Thomas Edison

"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." 

-Kim Basinger

"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

Vegetarianism is a way of living consciously on the planet."
--Amy Smart

"People get offended by animal rights campaigns. Itís ludicrous. Itís not as bad as mass animal death in a factory."
--Richard Gere

"Iíve 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."

To become vegetarian is to step into the stream which leads to nirvana.

We should 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

Humans are the only hunters who kill when not hungry.
--Steven Spielberg

He is a heavy eater of beef. Me thinks it doth harm to his wit.
--Shakespeare in "Twelfth Night"

Please put the ladybug outside without harming her. (to his butler)
--Winston Churchill

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

Some 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

Can you 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

If any 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 vegetarian.
--James Cromwell

You're 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)

"You 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."
--Ellen DeGeneres

"Killing 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. "
--Doris Day

"Behind every beautiful fur, there is a story. It is a bloody, barbaric story. "
--Mary Tyler Moore

"We 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

"You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed In the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men hunt I think maybe because they have something wrong with thier own equipment and they need something else to shoot.
--Pamela Lee Anderson

"Animals canít really voice their opinion. We feel as though we can be on of the spokespeople on their behalf."
--River Phoniex

Basically we should stop doing those things that are destructive to the environment, other creatures, and ourselves and figure out new ways of existing.

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.
--Mohandas Gandhi

"The 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".
--Drew Barrymore

If you 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.

It used 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

I don't 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.
--Alicia Silverstone

I know 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.
--Alicia Silverstone

I'm a big health food freak and a vegetarian devotee.
--Chelsea Clinton

We don't live the lives of Eskimos. We don't need to kill animals for fashion.
--Charlize Theron

It's sad. That's a living creature. We don't have the right to take their life away for fashion.
--Carmen Electra

"Many 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."
--Bea Arthur

The 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.
--Gavin Rossdale

On going 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.
--Shiri Appleby