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If you could see or feel the suffering you wouldn't think twice. Give back life. Don't eat meat.

Basinger, Kim

actress

1953

 

 

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This [video footage from the movie Babe] is the way Americans want to think of pigs. Real-life "Babes" see no sun in their limited lives, with no hay to lie on, no mud to roll in. The sows live in tiny cages, so narrow they can’t even turn around. They live over metal grates, and their waste is pushed through slats beneath them and flushed into huge pits.

Safer, Morley

Canadian, 60 Minutes TV, Pork Power 1997

1931

 

 

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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.

Phoenix, River

 

 

 

 

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...[I]t is a terrible thing that religious people today can be so indifferent to the cruelty of the farms, shrugging it off as so much secular, animal rights foolishness. They above all should hear the call to mercy. They above all should have some kindness to spare. They above all should be mindful of the little things, seeing, in the suffering of these creatures, the same hand that has chosen all the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, and the weak things to confound the things which are strong. 'Who so poor,' asked Anna Kingsford more than a century ago, 'so oppressed, so helpless, so mute and uncared for, as the dumb creatures who serve us -- they who, but for us, must starve, and who have no friend on earth if man be their enemy?

Scully, Matthew

speechwriter for US Pres. G.W. Bush

 

 

from Dominion

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Animals arrive at the slaughterhouse, many, in a 4D state (dead, diseased, dying, debilitated.) (These animals sometimes go into the pet food tankers).

Fox, Michael W.

head of US Humane Society

1998

 

 

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Before they reach their end, the pigs get a shower, a real one. Water sprays from every angle to wash the farm off them. Then they begin to feel crowded. The pen narrows like a funnel' the drivers behind urge the pigs forward, until one at a time they climb onto the moving ramp... Now they scream, never having been on such a ramp, smelling the smells they smell ahead. I do not want to overdramatize because you've read all this before. But it was a frightening experience, seeing their fear, seeing so many of them go by, it had to remind me of things no one wants to be reminded of anymore, all mobs, all death marches, all mass murders and executions ...

Rhodes, Richard

Pulitzer prize winning author

 

 

wrote "Deadly Feasts", "A Hole in the World"

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By becoming a vegetarian out of ethical concern for animals, one ceases to contribute to roughly 90 percent of all animal cruelty, abuse and killing in the United States.

Murti, Vasu

 

 

 

 

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Cattle dragged and choked...Knocking ‘em four, five, ten times. Every now and then when they’re stunned they come back to life, and they’re up there agonizing. They’re supposed to be restunned but sometimes they aren’t and they’ll go through the skinning process alive. I’ve worked in four large [slaughterhouses] and a bunch of small ones. They’re all the same. If people were to see this, they’d probably feel really bad about it. But in a packing house everybody gets so used to it that it doesn’t mean anything.

Veteran USDA meat inspector from Texas describing what he has seen

documentary movie, Slaughterhouse, 1997

1997

 

 

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Family organization is broken and young animals are increasingly being denied a mother to turn to for comfort and for grooming. One of the saddest and most pathetic of farm practices - inevitable at the present time for the supply of dairy produce - is the separation of the calf from the cow at birth or soon after.

Harrison, Ruth

author, "Animal Machines"

 

 

 

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For most humans, especially for those in modern urban and suburban communities, the most direct form of contact with nonhuman animals is at meal time: we eat them.... The use and abuse of animals raised for food far exceeds, in sheer numbers of animals affected, any other kind of mistreatment.

Singer, Peter

Australian professor, author "Animal Liberation"

1946

 

 

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In a lunch session at the slaughterhouse, a lamb jumped out of its pen and came unnoticed up to some slaughtermen who were sitting in a circle eating some sandwiches; the lamb approached and nibbled a small piece of lettuce that a man was holding in his hand. The men gave the lamb some more lettuce and when the lunch period was over they were so affected by the action of the lamb that not one of them was prepared to kill this creature, and it had to be sent away elsewhere - showing that within each human soul there is an element of pity, compassion and love in varying degrees. It is our duty to encourage the higher qualities to bloom and blossom wherever possible in each individual.

Latto, Gordon

 

 

 

 

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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.

Harrison, Ruth

author, "Animal Machines"

 

 

 

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In my opinion, one of the greatest animal-welfare problems is the physical abuse of livestock during transportation.... Typical abuses I have witnessed with alarming frequency are; hitting, beating, use of badly maintained trucks, jabbing of short objects into animals, and deliberate cruelty.

Grandin, Temple, Ph.D.

board mem. of U.S. meat industry's Livestock Conservation Institute

 

 

Assist. Prof of Animal Science at Colorado State Univ.

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It is in the battery shed that we find the parallel with Auschwitz....To shut your mind, heart and imagination from the sufferings of others is to begin slowly, but inexorably, to die. Those Christians who close their minds and hearts to the cause of animal welfare, and the evils it seeks to combat, are ignoring the Fundamental spiritual teachings of Christ himself.

Baker, Rev. Dr. John Austin

Bishop of Salisbury, England 1982-1993

1985

 

Sermon on the World Day of Prayer for Animals, 4 October 1986

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On profit-driven factory farms, veal calves are confined to dark wooden crates so small that they are prevented from lying down or scratching themselves. These creatures feel; they know pain. They suffer pain just as we humans suffer pain. Egg-laying hens are confined to battery cages. Unable to spread their wings, they are reduced to nothing more than an egg-laying machine. . . . The law clearly requires that these poor creatures be stunned and rendered insensitive to pain before [the slaughtering] process begins. Federal law is being ignored. Animal cruelty abounds. It is sickening. It is infuriating. Barbaric treatment of helpless, defenseless creatures must not be tolerated even if these animals are being raised for food—and even more so, more so. Such insensitivity is insidious and can spread and is dangerous. Life must be respected and dealt with humanely in a civilized society.

Byrd, Senator Robert

on the floor of the U.S. Senate, July 9, 2001

2001

 

 

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Six million Jews died in concentration camps, but six billion broiler chickens will die this year in slaughter houses.

Newkirk, Ingrid

co-founder of PETA

2000

 

 

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The first time I ever entered a battery house I thought it was the entrance to Hell

Spalding, Violet

founded "Chicken's Lib" in 1973

 

 

 

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Those who, by their purchases, require animals to be killed have no right to be shielded from the slaughterhouse or any other aspect of the production of the meat they buy. If it is distasteful for humans to think about, what can it be like for the animals to experience it?

Singer, Peter

Australian professor, author "Animal Liberation"

1946

 

 

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The dissolution of commercial animal farming as we know it obviously requires more than our individual commitment to vegetarianism. To refuse on principle to buy products of the meat industry is to do what is right, but it is not to do enough. To recognize the rights of animals is to recognize the related duty to defend them against those who violate their rights, and to discharge this duty requires more than our individual abstention. It requires acting to bring about those changes that are necessary if the rights of these animals are not to be violated. Fundamentally, then, it requires a revolution in our culture's thought about, and its accepted treatment of, farm animals... But prejudices die hard, all the more so when they are insulated by widespread secular customs and religious beliefs, sustained by large and powerful economic interests, and protected by the common law. To overcome the collective entropy of those forces against change will not be easy. The animal rights movement is not for the faint heart.

Regan, Tom

professor of philosophy, NC State. Wrote Case for Animal Rights

 

 

www.lib.ncsu.edu/arights/

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To a man whose mind is free there is something even more intolerable in the sufferings of animals than in the sufferings of man. For with the latter it is at least admitted that suffering is evil and that the man who causes it is a criminal. But thousands of animals are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. If any man were to refer to it, he would be thought ridiculous. And that is the unpardonable crime. That alone is the justification of all that humans may suffer. It cries vengeance upon all the human race. If God exists and tolerates it, it cries vengeance upon God.

Rolland, Romain

French author, Prof. of Art History

1866

1944

quote from Jean-Christophe, Nobel prize 1915

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100,000 cows in the U.S. are alive at night and dead in the morning. These cows on the ground are ground into feed, making their fellows not only carnivores but cannibals. Europe after Mad Cows' Disease has banned this practice. The U.S has not yet.

Lyman, Howard

Director of Beyond Beef, former lobbyist for Farmers Union

1938

 

 

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As soon as I realized that I didn't need meat to survive or to be in good health, I began to see how forlorn it all is.  If only we had a different mentality about the drama of the cowboy and the range and all the rest of it.  It's a very romantic notion, an entrenched part of American culture, but I've seen, for example, pigs waiting to be slaughtered, and their hysteria and panic was something I shall never forget.

Leachman, Cloris

U.S. Actress

1992

 

 

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Awareness is bad for the meat business. Conscience is bad for the meat business. Sensitivity to life is bad for the meat business. DENIAL, however, the meat business finds indispensable.

Robbins, John

author "Diet for a New America"

1990

 

 

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I just could not stand the idea of eating meat - I really do think that it has made me calmer....  People's general awareness is getting much better, even down to buying a pint of milk:  the fact that the calves are actually killed so that the milk doesn't go to them but to us cannot really be right, and if you have seen a cow in a state of extreme distress because it cannot understand why its calf isn't by, it can make you think a lot.

Bush, Kate

 

 

 

 

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If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian. We feel better about ourselves and better about the animals, knowing we're not contributing to their pain.

McCartney, Paul & Linda

English musicians, Beatles

1942

 

 

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If you knew how meat was made, you'd probably lose your lunch.

Lang, K.D.

singer

1990

 

 

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It is only by softening and disguising dead flesh by culinary preparation that it is rendered susceptible of mastication or digestion, and that the sight of its bloody juices and raw horror does not excite intolerable loathing and disgust.

Shelley, Percy Bysshe

English poet, quote from Queen Mab Notes

1792

1822

author of A Vindication of Natural Diet in defense of vegetarianism

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On a wagon bound for market lay a cow with 2 mournful eyes... lay a cow with 2 mournful eyes. (If one passes slaughterhouse trucks on Rt 80 bound for Manhattan or the slaughterhouses of S Phily, in winter, with the freezing wind from mountain passes ripping through the slats, one sees their noses pressed to the bars, and their sad and frightened eyes.)

Baez, Joan

Jan 26, 1874 letter Joan Baez singing Dona Dona

1874

 

 

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Once people spend time with farm animals in a loving way ... a pig or cow or a little chicken or a turkey, they might find they relate with them the same way they relate with dogs and cats. People don't really think of them that way because they're on the plate. Why should they be food when other animals are pets? I would never eat my doggies.

Silverstone, Alicia

American actress

1997

 

 

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People get offended by animal rights campaigns. It's ludicrous. It's not as bad as mass animal death in a factory.

Gere, Richard

American actor

1949

 

 

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The shriek was followed by another, louder and yet more agonizing..for once started upon that journey, the hog never came back. One by one the men hooked up the hogs and slit their throats. There was a line of hogs with squeals and lifeblood ebbing away.. until at last each vanished into a huge vat of boiling water (some still alive). The hogs were so innocent. They came so very trustingly. They were so very human in their protests. They had done nothing to deserve it.

Sinclair, Upton

The Jungle, written after his investigation of Hormel in Austin Minnesota

1878

1968

 

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We must educate the public. The average person has no idea of what's going on in factory farms, in laboratories, circuses, roadside zoos or rodeos.

Barker, Bob

TV personality, U.S.

1924

 

 

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You know, we all oppose animal cruelty. But sometimes we forget that animals on farms suffer and feel pain like all other animals. They, too, deserve to be protected from harm and cruelty.

Ross, Charlotte

 

 

 

 

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Americans consume, on average, 51 pounds of chicken every year, 15 pounds of turkey, 63 pounds of beef, 45 pounds of pork, 1 pound of veal, and 1 pound of lamb. 'More than ever,' reports our U.S. Department of Agriculture, 'we are a nation of meat eaters.' And now, with help from Dr. Atkins and his wonder diet, we have millions of consumers gorging themselves on nothing but flesh, one excess to correct their other excesses -- no thought whatever of taking their portion of meat even if we grant that meat production and the sufferings involved are necessary.

Scully, Matthew

speechwriter for US Pres. G.W. Bush. Wrote "Dominion"

 

 

USDA references are from the Agriculture Fact Book, 1998, pg. 8

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Animal factories are one more sign of the extent to which our technological capacities have advanced faster than our ethics.

Singer, Peter

 

 

 

 

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Cows when not bred for passivity so that they will go meekly to slaughter.. revert to their acute intelligence, and can live easily in the wild.

Rudd, Geoffrey

English anthropologist, author

 

 

Secretary of International Vegetarian Union in 1965

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Family farmers are victims of public policy that gives preference to feeding animals over feeding people. This has encouraged the cheap grain policy of this nation and has made the Beef Cartel the biggest hog at the trough.

Lyman, Howard

Director of Beyond Beef, former lobbyist for Farmers Union

1938

 

 

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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.

Cromwell, James

English actor, Babe

1940

 

 

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Is there any difference between Hitler's camp and our slaughter-houses?

Jetha, Akbarali

 

 

 

from "Reflections"

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Isn't man an amazing animal? He kills wildlife - birds, kangaroos, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice, foxes and dingoes - by the million in order to protect his domestic animals and their feed. Then he kills domestic animals by the billion and eats them. This in turn kills man by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative - and fatal- health conditions like heart disease, kidney disease, and cancer. So then man tortures and kills millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases. Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals. Meanwhile, some people are dying of sad laughter at the absurdity of man, who kills so easily and so violently, and once a year, sends out cards praying for "Peace on Earth."

Coats, C. David

from Old MacDonald's Factory Farm

 

 

 

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It's hard to remember, if all you see of a chicken are it's body parts wrapped in plastic, or crates of them crammed on a slaughterhouse bound truck, but chickens are individuals. Anyone who gets to know a particular chicken learns that their range of emotions is vast and undeniable.

Burton, Craig

 

1949

 

American author Hatful of Pain

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Most Americans don't have any idea how well the Department of Agriculture protects the grower at the expense of the consumer. When a chemical is banned from use, a farmer or livestock operator who has the chemical in stock has a choice: either to lose money by disposing of the product, or to use it and take the risk of getting caught breaking the law. How severe is that risk? Well, if you use a banned product in your cattle feed, you have to face the prospect that the government is going to inspect one out of every 250,000 carcasses. They will test this carcass not for all banned substances, but just for a small fraction of them. And even if they detect some residue of a banned substance, and even if they're able to trace the carcass to the ranch that produced it, the guilty rancher is likely at most to receive a stern letter with a strongly worded warning. I never met a rancher who suffered in any way from breaking any regulation meant to protect the safety of our meat. The whole procedure is, in short, a charade.

Lyman, Howard

Director of Beyond Beef, former lobbyist for Farmers Union

1938

 

 

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My perspective of veganism was most affected by learning that the veal calf is a by-product of dairying, and that in essence there is a slice of veal in every glass of what I had thought was an innocuous white liquid - milk.

Berry, Rynn

wrote Food for the Gods & Famous Vegetarians

 

 

 

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Since factory farming exerts a violent and unnatural force upon the living organisms of animals and birds in order to increase production and profits; since it involves callous and cruel exploitation of life, with implicit contempt for nature, I must join in the protest being uttered against it. It does not seem that these methods have any really justifiable purpose, except to increase the quantity of production at the expense of quality—if that can be called a justifiable purpose.

Merton, Thomas

Monk and Poet

1915

1968

 

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The current treatment of animals in the livestock trade definitely renders the consumption of meat as halachically unacceptable as the product of illegitimate means. … As it is halachically prohibited to harm oneself and as healthy, nutritious vegetarian alternatives are easily available, meat consumption has become halachically unjustifiable.

Rosen, Rabbi David

Vegetarianism: An Orthodox Jewish Perspective

 

1995

Israel has a greater % of religious vegetarians than any nation

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The debauchery in meat meals is an infamous injustice.

Gregory, Saint of Nazianzen

 

 

 

 

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The fur industry butchers animals and pollutes our environment. I could never wear fur.

Tavares, Fernanda

 

 

 

 

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The oath I took as an inspector said if I ever saw anything wrong I was supposted to report it. But today I can't report anything.Today, if you blow your whistle, you're in trouble with the inspection service. I feel the oath I took is violated every day I work.

Freeman, William

former meat inspector

 

 

 

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The truck was filled with cows, their eyes desperate while mine were sad.

Turner, Holly Palmer

 

 

 

 

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When I was 6 my father killed my pet chicken. (That changed his life.)

Purdu, Frank

Purdu's Chicken (factory farmer)

1995

 

 

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With each egg we eat we imprison a chicken 25 to 32 hours in a cage.

Margolis, Art

 

1997

 

 

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As we talked of freedom and justice one day for all, we sat down to steaks. I am eating misery, I thought, as I took the first bite. And spit it out.

Walker, Alice

author, The Color Purple

1944

 

 

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At the moment our human world is based on the suffering and destruction of millions of non-humans. To perceive this and to do something to change it in personal and public ways is to undergo a change of perception akin to a religious conversion. Nothing can ever be seen in quite the same way again because once you have admitted the terror and pain of other species you will, unless you resist conversion, be always aware of the endless permutations of suffering that support our society.

Conan-Doyle, Sir Arthur

English physician, author, Sherlock Holmes

1859

1930

 

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I know, in my soul, that to eat a creature who is raised to be eaten, and who never has a chance to be a real being, is unhealthy. It's like...you're just eating misery. You're eating a bitter life.

Walker, Alice

author, The Color Purple

1944

 

 

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Martin Luther King taught us all nonviolence. I was told to extend nonviolence to the mother and her calf.

Gregory, Dick

US comedian

1932

 

 

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Pigs may not be as cuddly as kittens or puppies, but they suffer just as much.

Cromwell, James

English actor, Babe

1940

 

 

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She gave up eating pork three years ago, despite her proud pork-loving, half-Cuban heritage, because she was told pigs share the same mental capacity as 3-year-old children. 'My niece was 3 at the time, which is a magical age,' she said, horrified. 'I thought, Oh, my god, it's like eating my niece!' This, then, also put an end to her preferred hangover cure: Egg McMuffins with Canadian bacon, natch, and beer.

Diaz, Cameron

 

 

 

 

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We consume the carcasses of creatures of like appetites, passions and organs with our own, and fill the slaughterhouses daily with screams of fear and pain.

Stevenson, Robert Louis

Scottish author, Treasure Isl., Dr. Jekyll & Hyde

1850

1894

 

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We manage to swallow flesh only because we do not think of the cruel and sinful thing that we do.  Cruelty... is a fundamental sin, and admits of no arguments or nice distinctions.  If only we do not allow our heart to grow callous, it protests against cruelty, is always clearly heard; and yet we go on perpetrating cruelties easily, merrily, all of us - in fact, anyone who does not join in is dubbed a crank.

Tagore, Rabindranath

Bengali educator, poet, Nobel Prize winner 1913

1861

1941

composer of India's National Anthem

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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 that 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.

McCartney, Paul & Linda

English musicians, Beatles

1942

 

 

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Animals are often transported long distances and subjected to great suffering in reaching a market. Taken from the green pastures and traveling for weary miles over the hot, dusty roads, or crowded into filthy cars, feverish and exhausted, often for many hours deprived of food and water, the poor creatures are driven to their death, that human beings may feast on the carcasses.

White, Ellen

co-founder Seventh Day Adventists

1827

1915

 

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Every particle of factual evidence supports the factual contention that the higher mammalian vertebrates experience pain sensations at least as acute as our own. To say that they feel pain less because they are lower animals is an absurdity; it can easily be shown that many of their senses are far more acute than ours - visual acuity in certain birds, hearing in most wild animals, and touch in others; these animals depend more than we do today on a the sharpest possible awareness of a hostile environment. Apart from the complexity of the cerebral cortex (which does not directly perceive pain) their nervous systems are almost identical to ours and their reaction to pain remarkably similar, though lacking (so far as we know) the philosophical and moral overtones. The emotional element is all too evident, mainly in the form of fear and anger.

Serjeant, Richard

wrote "The Spectrum of Pain", 1969

 

 

 

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I do not like eating meat because I have seen lambs and pigs killed. I saw and felt their pain. They felt their approaching death. I could not bear it. I cried like a child. I ran up a hill and could not breathe. I felt that I was choking. I felt the death of the lamb.

Nijinsky, Vaslav

Russian ballet dancer and choreographer

1889

1950

 

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In the early 80's I witnessed a Calgary Stampede.. and saw a calf whose neck was apparently broken from the roping. (A horizontal hanging can occur).

Papes, Don

 

1990

 

 

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Objectification reduces sensitivity. Thus cows are called beef or head of cattle, pigs become pork, sheep mutton. The screams are muted.. and living creatures become plastic wrapped packages.

Fruitarian Network

 

2000

 

 

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The awful cruelty and terror to which tens of thousands of animals killed for human food are subjected in traveling long distances by ship and rail and road to the slaughterhouses of the world.. God disapproves of all cruelty.. whether to man or beast. The occupation of slaughtering animals is brutalizing to those who are required to do the work.... I believe this matter is well worthy of the serious consideration of Christian leaders.

Booth, Mrs. and Booth, General Bramwell

daughter-in-law and son of the founder of the Salvation Army

1856

1929

 

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The awful wrongs and sufferings forced upon the innocent, faithful animal race, form the blackest chapter in the whole world's history.

Freeman, Edward Augustus

Regius Professor of Modern History, Oxford

1823

1892

 

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Very few people question that it is an act of kindness to put an animal painlessly to death if it is injured beyond possibility of a pain-free future; or that it is better to neuter pets than to allow thousands of unwanted litters to be born. But mention it might be better for a breeding sow in a farrowing crate if she had never been born, and you will be met with chants of "Any life is better than no life". Humans have an odd way of finding pleasure in activities that bring them pleasure, or profit, or both.

Humphries, Bronwen

 

 

 

 

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Recognize meat for what it really is: the antibiotic- and pesticide-laden corpse of a tortured animal.

Newkirk, Ingrid

co-founder of PETA

1990

 

 

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The amount of meat lost each year through careless handling and brutality would be enough to feed a million Americans for a year.

McFarlane, John

Director, Council for Livestock Protection

 

 

 

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I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens.

Singer, Isaac Bashevis

Polish author, Nobel prize, 1978

1904

1991

 from You Said A Mouthful

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In all the round world of Utopia there is no meat. There used to be, But now we cannot stand the thought of slaughterhouses. And it is impossible to find anyone who will hew a dead ox or pig. I can still remember as a boy the rejoicings over the closing of the last slaughterhouse.

Wells, H. G.

English historian, author. Wrote Time Machine & War of Worlds

1866

1946

from A Modern Utopia

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People who wear fur coats and get paint on them? F--- 'em. It may not be pleasant, but they've contributed to something so awful that I feel like it's justified.

Affleck, Casey

 

 

 

 

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 It seems doubtful from all that has been said whether the Torah would sanction 'factory farming,' which treats animals as machines, with apparent  insensitivity to their natural needs and instincts. This is a matter for decision by halachic authorities.

Carmell, Rabbi Aryeh

Masterplan: Judaism: its Programs, Meanings, Goals (1991).

 

1991

 

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[T]hose who claim to care about the well-being of human beings and the preservation of our environment should become vegetarians for that reason alone. They would thereby increase the amount of grain available to feed people everywhere, reduce pollution, save water and energy, and cease contributing to the clearing of forests; moreover, since a vegetarian diet is cheaper than one based on meat dishes, they would have more money available to devote to famine relief, population control, or whatever social or political cause they thought most urgent. …[W]hen non-vegetarians say that "human problems come first," I cannot help wondering what exactly it is that they are doing for human beings that compels them to continue to support the wasteful, ruthless exploitation of farm animals.

Singer, Peter

Australian professor, author "Animal Liberation"

1946

 

 

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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.

Lawrence, Robert S.

Associate Dean, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

 

 

 

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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.

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a seven year poultry inspector

 

 

 

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Most of the public lands in the West, and especially the Southwest, are what you might call cow burnt. Almost anywhere and everywhere you go in the American West you find hordes of [cows].... They are a pest and a plague. They pollute our springs and streams and rivers. They infest our canyons, valleys, meadows, and forests. They graze off the native bluestems and grama and bunch grasses, leaving behind jungles of prickly pear. They trample down the native forbs and shrubs and cacti. They spread the exotic cheatgrass, the Russian thistle, and the crested wheat grass. Weeds. Even when the cattle are not physically present, you see the dung and the flies and the mud and the dust and the general destruction. If you don't see it, you'll smell it. The whole American West stinks of cattle.

Abbey, Edward

conservationist and author, in a speech before cattlemen at the University of Montana in 1985

1927

 

 

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The impact of countless hooves and mouths over the years has done more to alter the type of vegetation and land forms of the West than all the water projects, strip mines, power plants, freeways, and subdivision developments combined.

Fradkin, Philip

in Audubon, National Audubon Society

 

 

 

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Thier were no Slaughterhouses in the Garden of Eden.

Unknown

bible

 

 

 

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Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.

Schweitzer, Rev. Dr. Albert

German physician, author, Nobel Peace Prize 1952

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1965

 

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My wife, Kimora, once told me while we were watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre that that's a vegetarian movie. The way that woman was screaming, "Aaaahhh," and she's running away that's how every animal you eat is running for his life ...

Simmons, Russell

 

 

 

 

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...there is something so very dreadful, so satanic in tormenting those who have never harmed us, and who cannot defend themselves, who are utterly in our power, who have weapons neither of offence nor defense, that none but very hardened persons can endure the thought of it.

Newman, Cardinal John Henry

leader of the Anglican Oxford Movement, "Father of Vatican II"

1801

1890

Anglican priest who converted to Roman Catholicism

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May those who oppose capital punishment for humans extend that protection to animals as well . May those who oppose germ and other biological warfare work to end the unconscious biological warfare unwittingly waged on those who eat animal products. Those who are pro-life would logically become vegetarian. Those who are pro-choice would not want to impose their wills upon the body of a cow, sheep or pig.

Unknown

 

 

 

 

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A reduction in beef and other meat consumption is the most potent single act you can take to halt the destruction of our environment and preserve our natural resources. Our choices do matter. What's healthiest for each of us personally is also healthiest for the life support system of our precious, but wounded planet.

Robbins, John

author "Diet for a New America"

1992

 

 

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People often say that humans have always eaten animals, as if this is a justification for continuing the practice. According to this logic, we should not try to prevent people from murdering other people, since this has also been done since the earliest of times.

Singer, Isaac Bashevis

Polish author, Nobel prize, 1978

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1991

 

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Yet saddest of all fates, surely, is to have lost that sense of the holiness of life altogether; that we commit the blasphemy of bringing thousands of lives to a cruel and terrifying death or of making those lives a living death -- and feel nothing.

Baker, Rev. Dr. John Austin

Bishop of Salisbury, England 1982-1993

1985

 

 

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The very fact that companion animals are so highly regarded raises difficult issues for agricultural and performance animal doctors. Some of these animals are not markedly different in their mental capacities from many companion animals. At a time the profession seeks to promote companion animals as members of the family, to what extent must it also advocate the interests of its food, farm, and performance animal patients?. . . Nevertheless, discussions devoid of attention to animal interests are appearing with frequency in the literature espousing the model of the veterinarian as herd health consultant.

Tannenbaum, Jerrold

M.A., J.D., Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine

 

 

in his book Veterinary Ethics: Animal Welfare, Client Relations, Competition and Collegiality

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