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"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. Vivisection is the blackest of all the black crimes that man is at present committing against God and His fair creation. It ill becomes us to invoke in our daily prayers the blessings of God, the Compassionate, if we in turn will not practice elementary compassion towards our fellow creatures."
-- Mahatma Gandhi

"Darwin argued, with great skill, fortitude, rigor and imagination that animals differ from us, not in kind, but in degree only. They are creatures who, like us, have a biography, not simply a biology." -- Kenneth Shapiro, President, Psychologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

"Why who makes much of a miracle? As to me I know nothing else but miracles, whether they be animals feeding in the fields, Or, birds, or the wonderfulness of insects in the air, Or the wonderfulness of the sundown, or of stars shining so quiet and bright, Or the exquisite delicate thin curve of the new moon in spring; These, with the rest, one and all, are to me, miracles." -- Walt Whitman American poet (1819 - 1892)

"Our meat-centered diet and the large-scale animal agriculture that supports it, is devastating all the life support systems upon which we depend - the topsoil, the forests, the rivers, the ground water, the air and the oceans. Evolving our diet away from the current animal-based diet toward a plant-based diet is arguably the single most effective action we can take as individuals and as a society to improve our health and to stabilize our endangered eco-system." -- Dr. Michael Klaper Author, Lecturer, Physician, Environmentalist

"I have never yet happened upon a trace of evidence. . .to show that any one animal was ever made for another as much as it was made for itself." -- John Muir Conservationist & Champion of the Wilderness, Accomplished Writer, Co-founder of the Sierra Club

"As we become increasingly aware of the finite limits to the carrying capacity of the planet, the inefficiency of converting eight or nine kilograms of grain protein into one kilogram of animal protein for human consumption would by itself be sufficient argument against continuation of our present dietary habits. When one adds in the abuse of animals inherent to factory farming methods, the depletion and contamination of aquifers, the intense use of grain crops and grazing areas, and the release of methane and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, the case against our meat-eating behavior becomes overwhelming. And that is before we factor in the effects of animal fats - an inescapable component of meat and poultry - on human health." -- Robert S. Lawrence, M.D. Associate Dean Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health

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