Animal Welfare Quotes

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Ellen DeGeneres
“If you want to test cosmetics, why do it on some poor animal who hasn't done anything? They should use prisoners who have been convicted of murder or rape instead. So, rather than seeing if perfume irritates a bunny rabbit's eyes, they should throw it in Charles Manson's eyes and ask him if it hurts.”
Ellen DeGeneres, My Point... And I Do Have One

Milan Kundera
“Humanity's true moral test, its fundamental test…consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals.”
Milan Kundera

Marie Sarantakis
“If you don't like pictures of animal cruelty being posted on social media, you need to help stop the cruelty, not the pictures. You should be bothered that its happening, not that you saw it.”
Marie Sarantakis

Matthew Scully
“When you start with a necessary evil, and then over time the necessity passes away, what's left?”
Matthew Scully, Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy

Arthur Schopenhauer
“Men are the devils of the earth, and the animals are the tormented souls.

- On Religion
Arthur Schopenhauer, The Horrors and Absurdities of Religion

Peter Singer
“Forests and meat animals compete for the same land. The prodigious appetite of the affluent nations for meat means that agribusiness can pay more than those who want to preserve or restore the forest. We are, quite literally, gambling with the future of our planet – for the sake of hamburgers”
Peter Singer, Animal Liberation

Jiddu Krishnamurti
“One saw a bird dying, shot by a man. It was flying with rhythmic beat and beautifully, with such freedom and lack of fear. And the gun shattered it; it fell to the earth and all the life had gone out of it. A dog fetched it, and the man collected other dead birds. He was chattering with his friend and seemed so utterly indifferent. All that he was concerned with was bringing down so many birds, and it was over as far as he was concerned. They are killing all over the world. Those marvellous, great animals of the sea, the whales, are killed by the million, and the tiger and so many other animals are now becoming endangered species. Man is the only animal that is to be dreaded.”
Jiddu Krishnamurti, Krishnamurti to Himself: His Last Journal

Alice Walker
“The animals of the planet are in desperate peril... Without free animal life I believe we will lose the spiritual equivalent of oxygen.”
Alice Walker

William Blake
“A robin redbreast in a cage
Puts all heaven in a rage.”
William Blake

Thomas Hardy
“Be a good boy, remember; and be kind to animals and birds, and read all you can.”
Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure

If you really care about animals, then stop trying to figure out how to exploit
“If you really care about animals, then stop trying to figure out how to exploit them 'compassionately'. Just stop exploiting them.”
Gary L Francione

J.M. Coetzee
“I'm sorry, my child, I just find it hard to whip up an interest in the subject. It's admirable, what you do, what she does, but to me animal-welfare people are a bit like Christians of a certain kind. Everyone is so cheerful and well-intentioned that after a while you itch to go off and do some raping and pillaging. Or to kick a cat.”
J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace

“Some animal rights activists are demanding vegetarianism, even veganism now, or nothing. But since only 4 or 5 percent of Americans claim to be vegetarians, 'nothing' is the far more likely outcome. I ask these activists to weigh the horrors of Bladen County's industrial farms and the Tar Heel slaughterhouse against the consequences of doing nothing to alleviate the hour-to-hour sufferings of its victims. Is not a life lived off the factory farm and a death humanely inflicted superior to the terrible lives we know they lead and the horrible deaths we know they suffer in Bladen County today?”
Steven Wise, An American Trilogy: Death, Slavery, and Dominion on the Banks of the Cape Fear River

“There can be no question that parrots have more intellect than any other kind of bird, and it is this that makes them such favourite pets and brings upon them so many sorrows. ...Men will buy them ... and carry them off to all quarters of the native town, intending, I doubt not, to treat them kindly; but "the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel", and confinement in a solitary cell, the discipline with which we reform hardened criminals, is misery enough to a bird with an active mind, without the superadded horrors of ... life in a tin case, hung from a nail in the wall of a dark shop... Why does the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals never look into the woes of parrots?
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However happy you make her captivity, imagination will carry her at times to the green field and blue sky, and she fancies herself somewhere near the sun, heading a long file of exultant companions in swift career through the whistling air. Then she opens her mouth and rings out a wild salute to all parrots in the far world below her.”
E.H. Aitken

'LORD VISHNU' P.S.JAGADEESH KUMAR
“The way you treat the animals around you will be the nature of the animal within you”
Sir P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar

“When you look a wild animal in the eye, it's like catching a glimpse into the soul of nature itself”
Paul Oxton

Shaun Tan
“Horses know this more than most: The greatest curse of any animal is to be worth money to men.”
Shaun Tan, Tales from the Inner City

Douglas Adams
“Fuck ’em,” said Ford, slumping on the bed. “You can’t care about every damn thing.”
Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless

Jared Diamond
“If our ethical code makes a purely arbitrary distinction between humans and all other species, then we have a code based on naked selfishness devoid of any higher principle.”
Jared Diamond, The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal

Paul   Watson
“What sensitive, sane soul can stand in the presence of such insanity and do nothing? Yet to expose the slaughter of seals in Canada is to deliver oneself into the hands of a bureaucratic inquisition. To witness the killing of a seal is a crime. To film or photograph the slaughter is a felony. To oppose the massacre is to subject oneself to jail time, beatings, heavy fines, and officially sanctioned harassment. - Paul Watson”
Paul Watson

Peter Singer
“Human beings have the power to continue to oppress other species forever, or until we make this planet unsuitable for living beings. Will our tyranny continue...? Or will we rise to the challenge and prove our capacity for genuine altruism by ending the ruthless exploitation of the species in our power, not because we are forced to do so by rebels and terrorists, but because we recognize that our position is morally indefensible?”
Peter Singer

“I will never again allow my culinary convenience to balance upon the corpses of innocent members of our moral community whose eyes I never had to look into but saw more pain then I will ever be capable of imagining so that I could eat a pizza topping”
Alex O'Connor

“we, Humans, ain't superior by harming other species; though we might qualify by living in harmony.”
Kalpesh Jain

Abhijit Naskar
“We don't live in a world of perfect non-violent beauty. If we don't do the trials on animal specimens first, would you rather give yourself or a relative of yours up for experimentation!
Some may say, why don't we avoid experimentation on live specimens all together - to them I say, modern medicine is not magic to work without errors - and hard and cruel as it may sound, a live animal specimen is expendable, but not a live human being. You may say, that's not fair - and indeed, it is in no way fair, but that's the reality. The only fairer alternative is to let humans suffer and die from diseases, like they used to, until about a few centuries ago.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Constitution of The United Peoples of Earth

Abhijit Naskar
“The existential fact is, we do need to use animals compromising their right to live, if we are to sustain health and welfare in human life, but we can reduce that consumption to a great extent. For example, you can avoid clothing that are made by slaughtering animals. We need animals for food, because vegan diet is not necessarily healthy, as I said earlier, but the same is not true for clothing. We do use animals for clothing, but we don't need to. We could do just fine with non-animal and non-cruel clothing and other apparels.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Constitution of The United Peoples of Earth

Sigrid Nunez
“I believe the intensity of the pity you feel for an animal has to do with how it evokes pity for yourself.... Innocence is something we humans pass through and leave behind, unable to return. But animals live and die in that state, and seeing innocence violated in the form of cruelty to a mere duck can seem like the most barbaric act in the world.”
Sigrid Nunez, The Friend

Sheila Burnford
“Loss of life was an accepted gamble that men took when they went to war. But no animal went to war: caught up in man's lethal affairs, they were an irreconcilable aberration.”
Sheila Burnford, Bel Ria: Dog of War

Bob Dylan
“He [Ray] was working in a tool-and-die factory in Brooklyn, but before that had drifted around, had been employed at the Studebaker plant in South Bend and also at an Omaha slaughterhouse on the kill floor. Once I asked him what that was like. "You ever heard of Auschwitz?”
Bob Dylan, Chronicles: Volume One

David Graeber
“Reconsider the lobster. Lobsters have a very bad reputation among philosophers, who frequently hold them out as examples of purely unthinking, unfeeling creatures. Presumably, this is because lobsters are the only animal most philosophers have killed with their own two hands before eating. It’s unpleasant to throw a struggling creature in a pot of boiling water; one needs to be able to tell oneself that the lobster isn’t really feeling it.”
David Graeber

Ljupka Cvetanova
“Animals never forgive goodness.”
Ljupka Cvetanova, The New Land

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