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Man is a religious animal. He is the only religious animal. He is the only animal that has the 'True Religion' - several of them! He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself but cuts his throat if his theology isn't straight. He has made a graveyard of the globe in trying his honest best to smooth his brother's path to happiness and heaven...The higher animals have no religion. And we are told that they are going to be left out in the Hereafter. I wonder why? It seems questionable taste...
Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it...
It is just like man's vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions...
The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot...
I am not interested to know whether experimentation produces results that are profitable to the human race or doesn't...The pain which it inflicts upon unconsenting animals is the basis of my enmity toward it, and it is to me sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further...
In studying the traits and dispositions of the so-called lower animals, and contrasting them with man's, I find the result humiliating to me.
Mark Twain (1835-1910).

When a man has pity on all living creatures then only is he noble.
The Buddha (6th cent BCE).

There will come a day when such men as myself will view the slaughter of innocent creatures as horrible a crime as the murder of his fellow man - Our task must to be free ourselves - by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.
Albert Einstein (1879-1955).

Not to hurt our humble brethren (the animals) is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission - to be of service to them whenever they require it...If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
Francis of Assisi (1182-1226).

It were much better that a sentient being should never have existed, than that it should have existed only to endure unmitigated misery...
I wish no living thing to suffer pain.
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822).

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident...
The assumption that animals are without rights, and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance, is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality...
Boundless compassion for all living things is the surest and most certain guarantee of pure moral conduct. Whoever is filled with it will assuredly injure no one...
Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.
Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860).

Out of 135 criminals, including robbers and rapists, 118 admitted that when they were children they burned, hanged and stabbed domestic animals.
Ogonyok (1979).

Animal experimentation is the blackest of all the black crimes that a man is at present committing...
We should be able to refuse to live if the price of living be the torture of sentient beings...
I abhor [animal] experimentation with my whole soul. All the scientific discoveries stained with innocent blood I count as of no consequence...
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948).

It is ridiculous to expect that an experimenter who commits acts of diabolical cruelty for the sake of what he calls science can be trusted to tell the truth about the results...any fool can vivisect and gain kudos by writing a paper describing what happened: the laboratories are infested with kudos hunters who have nothing to tell...Vivisectors crowd humane research workers out of the schools and discredit them, they use up all the available endowments and bequests, leaving nothing for serious research.
If a group of beings from another planet were to land on Earth - beings who considered themselves as superior to you as you feel yourself to be to other animals - would you concede them the rights over you that you assume over other animals?...
Atrocities are no less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and are called medical research...
It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this...
[O]nce grant the ethics of the vivisectionists and you not only sanction the experiment on the human subject, but make it the first duty of the vivisector. If a guinea pig may be sacrificed for the sake of the very little that can learnt from it, shall not a man be sacrificed for the sake of the great deal that can be learnt from him?...
You do not settle whether an experiment is justified or not by merely showing that it is of some use. The distinction is not between useful and useless experiments, but between barbarous and civilized behavior. Vivisection is a social evil because if it advances human knowledge, it does so at the expense of human character.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950).

Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds them. We live by the death of others. We are burial places...
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 (1452-1519).

During my medical education at the University of Basel I found [animal] experimentation horrible, barbarous, and above all unnecessary.
Carl G. Jung (1875-1961).

If we cut up beasts simply because they cannot prevent us and because we are backing our own side in the struggle for existence, it is only logical to cut up imbeciles, criminals, enemies, or capitalists for the same reasons...
Now I take it that when we understand a thing analytically and then dominate and use it for our own convenience we reduce it to the level of 'Nature' in the sense that we suspend our judgements of value about it, ignore its final cause (if any), and treat it in terms of quantity...something has to be overcome before we can cut up a dead man or a live animal in a dissecting room...
It is not the greatest of modern scientists who feel most sure that the object, stripped of its qualitative properties and reduced to mere quantity, is wholly real. Little scientists, and little unscientific followers of science may think so. The great minds know very well that the object, so treated, is an artificial abstraction, that something of its reality has been lost.
(C. S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man (New York: Macmillan, 1947), pp.81,82).

It is the rarest thing in the world to hear a rational discussion of vivisection. Those who disapprove of it are commonly accused of 'sentimentality', and very often their arguments justify the accusation. They paint pictures of pretty little dogs on dissecting tables. But the other side lie open to exactly the same charge. They also often defend the practice by drawing pictures of suffering women and children whose pain can be relieved (we are assured) only by the fruits of vivisection...
Now vivisection can only be defended by showing it to be right that one species should suffer in order that another species should be happier...
The victory of vivisection marks a great advance in the triumph of ruthless, non-moral utilitarianism over the old world of ethical law; a triumph in which we, as well as animals, are already the victims, and of which Dachau and Hiroshima mark the more recent achievements...
You will notice I have spent no time in discussing what actually goes on in the laboratories. We shall be told, of course, that there is surprisingly little cruelty. That is a question with which, at present, I have nothing to do. We must first decide what should be allowed: after that it is for the police to discover what is already being done.
C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) , 'Vivisection', God in the Dock, ed. Walter Hooper (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 1970), pp.224,225,228.

For as long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings, he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed he who sows the seeds of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love...
Primoque a caede ferarum incaluisse puto maculatum sanguine ferrum ('I think the blood of animals was the first to stain our weapons').
Pythagoras (ca. 580-520 BCE).

Let none count themselves wise who have not with the nerves of their imagination felt the pain of the vivisected.
John Cowper Powys (1872-1963).

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.
Thousands of animals are butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. It cries vengeance upon all the human race.
Romain Rolland (1866-1944).

At present scientists do not look for alternatives simply because they do not care enough about the animals they are using.
Peter Singer (1946- ).

Liberty is given by nature even to mute animals.
Tacitus (55-117 CE).

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...
As often as Herman had witnessed the slaughter of animals and fish, he always had the same thought: in their behaviour toward creatures, all men were Nazis. The smugness with which man could do with other species as he pleased exemplified the most extreme racist theories, the principle that 'might is right'.
As long as human beings go on shedding the blood of animals, there will never be any peace.
Isaac Bashevis Singer.

No humane being, past the thoughtless age of boyhood, will wantonly murder any creature which holds its life by the same tenure that he does.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-62).

True benevolence, or compassion, extends itself through the whole of existence and sympathises with the distress of every creature capable of sensation.
Joseph Addison.

This wild blood-lust, starting with animal vivisection and proceeding to human mutilation, stamps 'modern medicine' as the most primitive religion ever known to mankind.
Professor Robert Mendelsohn (foreword to Slaughter of the Innocents).

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

I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness or abilities that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now.
Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
William Penn.

The necessity for these experiments I dispute. Man has no right to gratify an idle and purposeless curiosity through the practice of cruelty.
Charles Dickens (1812-1870).

Forbid the day when vivisection shall be practiced in every college and school, and when the man of science, looking forth over a world which will then own no other sway than his, shall exult in the thought that he had made of this fair earth, if not a heaven for man, at least a hell for animals. Lewis Carroll (1832-1898).

I am of the opinion that not one of those experiments on animals was justified or necessary...I witnessed many harsh sights, but I think the saddest was when the dogs were brought up from the cellar to the laboratory. Instead of appearing pleased with the change from darkness to light, they seemed seized with horror as soon as they smelt the air of the place, apparently divining their approaching fate...
Hundreds of times I have seen when an animal writhed in pain, it would receive a slap, and an angry order to be quiet and behave itself...To this recital I need hardly add that, having drunk the cup to the dregs, I cry off, and am prepared to see not only science, but even mankind, perish rather than have recourse to such means of saving it.
Dr. George Hoggan (assistant to vivisector Claude Bernard).

Their very weakness and inability to protest demands that man should refrain from torturing animals for the mere possibility of obtaining some knowledge.
Luther Burbank (1849-1926).

Judge the behavior of a dog who has lost his master, who has searched for him in the road barking miserably, who has come back to the house, restless and anxious, who has run upstairs and down, from room to room, and who has found the beloved master at last in his study, and then shown his joy by barks, bounds and caresses.
There are some barbarians who will take this dog, that so greatly excels man in capacity for friendship, who will nail him to a table, and dissect him alive. And what you discover in him are the same organs of sensation you have in yourself.
Voltaire (1694-1778).

I am not basically a conservationist. When the last great whale is slaughtered, as it surely will be, the whales' suffering will be over. This is not the whales' loss, but humanity's. I am not concerned about the wiping out of a species - this is man's folly - I have only one concern, the suffering which we deliberately inflict upon animals whilst they live.
Clive Hollands.

An individual animal doesn't care if its species is facing extinction - it cares if it is feeling pain.
Ronnie Lee.

We use a method [vivisection] which continues to lead to terrible mistakes, which kills thousands of people and which contributes to our environmental problems...none of which can be predicted under animal laboratory conditions. I have had talks with many doctors and scientists, who are perfectly convinced that animal testing is dangerous, not only for the animals, but also, and most of all, for us, human beings...
Dr. Madeleine Petrovic, Dr at Law, Austria, Chairwoman Austrian Green Party in Parliament, Vice-President, DLRM. DBAE Scientific Congress, May 1995.

The brute animals have all the same sensations of pain as human beings, and consequently endure as much pain when their body is hurt; but in their case the cruelty of torment is greater, because they have no mind to bear them up against their sufferings and no hope to look forward to when enduring the last extreme pain.
Thomas Chalmers.

We need to bring home to people that all cruel behaviour, whoever or whatever the victims, is the expression of a deep evil flaw in human nature, and that all who oppose and fight it, in whatever form, are crusading against a curse that could destroy us all.
Bishop John Austin Baker.

Animals are our younger brothers and sisters, also on the ladder of evolution but a few rungs lower. It is an important part of our responsibilities to help them in their ascent, and not to retard their development by cruel exploitation of their helplessness.
Air-Chief Marshal Lord Dowding.

Cruelty is the obvious cancer of modern civilization.
Rev. A. D. Beldon.

Anything that can feel pain should not be put to pain.
R. M. Dolgin.

No nation is truly free until the animal, man's younger brother is free and happy.
T. L. Vaswani.

If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.
I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs ...[they] are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no right to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty.
James Herriot.

We can not have peace among men whose hearts find delight in killing any living creature.
Rachel Carson.

Humanity advances only as it becomes more humane.
Dr.Frank Crane.

I am sometimes asked 'Why do you spent so much of your time and money talking about kindness to animals when there is so much cruelty to men?' I answer: 'I am working at the roots.'
George T.Angell.

History has shown that in the long run all dictators fail; and also for the dictatorial empire of the pharmaceutical speculation, built on the sufferings of animals needlessly tortured in the laboratories and on the sufferings of human beings, victims of iatrogenic (medically-induced) diseases, the day of redde rationem (final reckoning) is bound to come....
Giornale d'Italie, 20 February 1983.

He who harms animals has not understood or renounced evil...Those whose minds are at peace...do not desire to live at the expense of others.
Acharanga Sutra (Jainism).

Cruelty has cursed the human family for countless ages. It is almost impossible for one to be cruel to animals and kind to humans. If children are permitted to be cruel to their pets and other animals, they easily learn to get the same pleasure from the misery of fellow-humans. Such tendencies can easily lead to crime.
Fred A. McGrand.

Healing the relationship between humans and animals is crucial to restoring the health of the world.
Susan Chernak McElroy.

The lives of animals are woven into our very being - closer than our own breathing - and our souls will suffer when they are gone...
We cannot discount the lives of sensitive and intelligent creatures merely because they assume non-human form.
Gary Kowalski.

I cannot significantly improve on the assertion that it simply is proper for us, as intelligent members of the universe, to try to look after our fellow creatures, and evil for us to do otherwise.
Colin Tudge.

There can be no justification for causing suffering to animals simply to serve mans' pleasure or simply to enhance mans' lifestyle.
The Dean of York.

The wretched have no compassion.
Samuel Johnson.

Can one regard a fellow creature as a property item, an investment, a piece of meat, an 'it,' without degenerating into cruelty towards that creature?
Karen Davis, PhD.

The indifference, callousness and contempt that so many people exhibit toward animals is evil first because it results in great suffering in animals, and second because it results in an incalculably great impoverishment of the human spirit.
Ashley Montagu.

Because one species is more clever than another, does it give it the right to imprison or torture the less clever species? Does one exceptionally clever individual have a right to exploit the less clever individuals of his own species? To say that he does is to say with the Fascists that the strong have a right to abuse and exploit the weak - might is right, and the strong and ruthless shall inherit the earth.
Richard Ryder.

When a chimpanzee mother comforts her frightened infant, we say that she is behaving like a human; when a human being resorts to insane violence, we say that he is acting like an animal.
Perhaps it's the other way around....
Wayne Grady.

Take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
Elie Wiesel.

The highest realms of thought are impossible to reach without first attaining an understanding of compassion.
Socrates.

A universe is, indeed, to be pitied whose dominating inhabitants are so unconscious and so ethically embryonic that they make life a commodity, mercy a disease, and systematic massacre a pastime and a profession.
Professor J. Howard Moore.

One determined person can make a significant difference, and a small group of determined people can change the course of history.
Sonia Johnson.

People say: 'We have rights over animals. They are given to us for use.' You have no rights over them. You have duties towards them.
Annie Besant.

We and others indeed believe that along with the preeminence that Homosapiens has achieved goes a very great moral responsibility - a stewardship if you will - upon which we must not turn our backs. Perhaps especially because we have the power to destroy them we must respect the rights of our cohabitants of earth.
Paul Ehrlich.

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.
Richard Gere.

I have always felt that the way we treat animals is a pretty good indicator of the compassion we are capable of for the human race.
Ali McGraw.

Animals form an inalienable fragment of nature, and if we hasten the disappearance of even one species, we diminish our world and our place in it.
James Michener.

The basis of all animal rights should be the Golden Rule: we should treat them as we would wish them to treat us, were any other species in our dominant position.
Christine Stevens.

The existence of organized cruelty - that is, cruelty practiced as a matter of social principle or public policy, and presented to the community as a means of a higher goal - is the most obscene and decadent phenomenon of any civilization.
Clare Booth Luce.

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
Krishnamurti.

Life is life - whether in a cat, or dog or man. There is no difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man's own advantage...
Sri Aurobindo.

Whatever your work or life circumstances may be, the power to make a positive difference for others, be they two-legged or four-legged, resides within us all.
Hope Tarr.

It is an important and popular fact that things are not always what they seem.
For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much - the wheel, New York, war and so on - whilst all the dolphins had ever done is muck about in the water having a good time.
But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man - for precisely the same reasons.
Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy).

Animals do feel like us, also joy, love, fear and pain but they cannot grasp the spoken word. It is our obligation to take their part and continue to resist the people who profit by them, who slaughter them and who torture them.
Denis De Roughement.

What I think about vivisection is that if people admit that they have the right to take or endanger the life of living beings for the benefit of many, there will be no limit for their cruelty... Man by violating his own feelings becomes cruel. And how deeply seated in the human heart is the injunction not to take life.
Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910).

We must develop a better sense of responsibilty towards our total environment...this better sense cannot any longer exclude from revision the staples of our diet. The case against vivisection is the same as that against war and all other forms of cruelty - that violence does not produce long-term solutions...the only argument against vivisection that will be seen to have lasting power - that we do not improve human society by means that debase human character.
Jon Wynne-Tyson (1924- ).

Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself.
James A. Froude (1818-1894).

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.
Ruth Harrison (Animal Machines).

They administered beatings to dogs with perfect indifference, and made fun of those who pitied the creatures as if they felt pain. They said the animals were [like] clocks; that the cries they made when struck, were only the noise of a string pulled, and the whole body was without feeling. They nailed poor animals up to boards by their four paws to vivisect them.
Nicholas Fontaine Memoirs pour servir a l'histoire de Port- Royal, 1738.

Institutional cruelty does everything it can to conceal the fact that it is destroying its victims, and in doing this it keeps its spectators from feeling disgust and from being confused by the paradox of trying to justify the unjustifiable, of trying to praise the smashing of the weak.
Philip P. Hallie, Cruelty.

At one time the benevolent affections embrace merely the family, soon the circle expanding includes first a class, then a nation, then a coalition of nations, then all humanity; and finally its influence is felt in the dealing of [humans] with the animal world. In each of these cases, a standard is formed, different from that of the preceding stage, but in each case, the same tendency is recognized as a virtue.
Lecky, European Morals.

The ignorant drug-taker, returning to health from some disease which he has overcome by the natural resistant powers of his body, dips his pen in mistaken gratitude and writes his testimonial. But the man who dies in spite of the medicine - or because of it - does not bear witness to what it did for him. We see recorded only the favourable results: the unfavourable is silent...
While many of the printed testimonials are genuine enough, they represent not the average evidence, but the most glowing opinions...
Samuel H. Adams, The Great American Fraud (New York: P F Collier, 1906), p.4.

When animal experimentation is criticised, students, teachers and researchers alike fall back on the two most common justifications: (1)experimentation on live animals is necessary to human welfare, and (2)researchers follow strict guidelines that minimize animal suffering. But what is 'human welfare'? Better poisons, better chemicals, better cosmetics, better drugs, better behaviour, better brains, better genes? Acceptable levels of unacceptable carcinogenic materials that have invaded everyone's home?...Making babies in petri dishes? Clones? Human hybrids? Genetically engineered lifeforms? Millions of animals suffer and are killed each year for all this 'welfare'.
As far as 'guidelines' are concerned, the very fact these are needed indicates that researchers are unable to determine the limits of humane treatment and regulate themselves accordingly. Ultimately, the desecrator of animal life ends up desecrating all life including his own, because he reduces life to discrete mechanisms of measurable quantity.
Andree Collard with Joyce Contrucci, Rape of the Wild (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1989), pp.68.70.

Once one allows that animals are part of the moral community...then one's act of inflicting pain and suffering upon them or killing them must be justified...
In my view pain is pain, as much evil for an animal as for a human, and I agree with animal liberationists that it is a form of speciesism or discrimination to pretend otherwise.
R. Frey, 'The ethics of the search for benefits: Experimentation in medicine', in Principles of Health Care Ethics, ed. by R. Gillon (Chichester: John Wiley, 1994), pp.1068-69.

I think the rapidly growing tendency to regard animals as born for nothing except slavery to so-called humanity absolutely disgusting.
Sir Victor Gollancz. The Unlived Life.

[Animals are] those unfortunate slaves and victims of the most brutal part of mankind.
John Stuart Mill. 1868.

I despise and abhor the pleas on behalf of that infamous practice, experimentation...I would rather submit to the worst of deaths, so far as pain goes, than have a single dog or cat tortured to death on the pretence of sparing me a twinge or two.
Robert Browning (1812-1889).

First it was necessary to civilize man in relation to man. Now it is necessary to civilize man in relation to nature and the animals.
Victor Hugo (1802-1885).

Animal experiments have an extremely important role in underpinning, facilitating and justifying the machinery of progress with which we are working on our own annihilation.
Rudolf Bahro, Building the Green Movement (Philadelphia: NSP, 1986), p.202.

Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace. It is man's sympathy with all creatures that first makes him truly a man.
At the same time the man who has become a thinking being feels a compulsion to give to every will-to-live the same reverence for life that he gives to his own. He experiences that other life in his own. He accepts as being good: to preserve life, to promote life, to raise to its highest value life which is capable of development; and as being evil: to destroy life, to injure life, to repress life which is capable of development. This is the absolute, fundamental principle of the moral, and it is a necessity of thought.
Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965).

I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being...
I could not have slept to-night if I had left that helpless little creature to perish on the ground (President Lincoln's reply to friends who chided him for delaying them by stopping to return a fledgling to its nest).
President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865).

For too long we have occupied ourselves with responding to the consequences of cruelty and abuse and have neglected the important task of building up an ethical system in which justice for animals is regarded as the norm rather than the exception. Our only hope is to put our focus on the education of the young.
John Hoyt (1932-).

The well-taught philosophic mind to all compassion gives; casts round the world an equal eye and feels for all that lives.
Anna Barbauld (1743-1825).

If [man] is not to stifle human feelings, he must practice kindness toward animals, for he who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of man by his treatment of animals.
Immanuel Kant (1724-1804).

Man is an animal easily conditioned by almost anything. We must not allow our finer sensibilities to become blunted regarding animal suffering.
Pamela Hansford Johnson.

If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
Saint Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) (quoted in Life by St. Bonaventura).

'Do not kick him', said Pythagoras to a man abusing a puppy. 'In his body is the soul of a friend of mine. I recognized the voice when he cried out'.
E.S. Turner (1909-).

Nothing living should ever be treated with contempt. Whatever is it that lives, a man, a tree, or a bird, should be touched gently, because the time is short.
Elizabeth Goudge (1900-1984).

To us it seems incredible that the Greek philosophers should have scanned so deeply into right and wrong and yet never noticed the immorality of slavery. Perhaps 3000 years from now it will seem incredible that we do not notice the immorality of our own oppression of animals....
'Sentimentalist' is the abuse with which people counter the accusation that they are cruel, thereby implying that to be sentimental is worse than to be cruel, which it isn't...
I don`t hold animals superior or even equal to humans. The whole case for behaving decently to animals rests on the fact that we are the superior species. We are the species uniquely capable of imagination, rationality, and moral choice - and that is precisely why we are under an obligation to recognize and respect the rights of animals.
Brigid Brophy (1929-).

Charity is indivisible. If a man resents practical sympathy being bestowed on animals on the ground that all ought to be reserved for the species to which he himself happens to belong, he must have a mind the size of a pin's head.
C.W. Hume (1886-1981).

Nothing cruel is useful or expedient.
Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BCE).

All breathing, existing, living, sentient creatures should not be slain or treated with violence, nor abused, nor tormented, nor driven away. This is the pure unchangeable law.
Mahavira (ca. 599-527 BCE).

Cruelty to animals is one of the most significant vices of a low and ignoble people. Whenever one notices them, they constitute a sure sign of ignorance and brutality which cannot be painted over by all the evidences of wealth and luxury. Cruelty to animals cannot exist together with true education and true learning.
Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859).

Man by violating his own feelings becomes cruel. And how deeply seated in the human heart is the injunction not to take life.
Tolstoy (1828-1910).

[The day should come when] all of the forms of life...will stand before the court - the pileated woodpecker as well as the coyote and bear, the lemmings as well as the trout in the streams.
William O. Douglas, late U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

Is there any reason why we should be allowed to torment the[se animals]? Not any that I can see. Are there any why we should not be allowed to torment them. Yes several...
The day may come when the rest of the animal creation may acquire those rights which never could have been witholden from them but by the hand of tyranny. The French have already discovered that the blackness of the skin is no reason why a human being should be abandoned without redress to the caprice of a tormentor.
It may one day come to be recognized that the number of the legs, the villosity of the skin...are reasons equally insufficient for abandoning a sensitive being to the same fate. What else is it that should trace the insuperable line? Is it the faculty of reason? Or perhaps the faculty of discourse? But a full-grown horse or dog is beyond comparison a more rational, as well as a more conversable animal, than an infant of a day, or a week, or even a month, old.
But suppose they were otherwise, what should it avail? The question is not, Can they reason? nor Can they talk?, but Can they suffer?
Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), Introduction to the Principles of Morals and of Legislation, org. 1789 (New York: Hafner, 1948), ch.17.

In the opinion of leading biostatisticians, it is not possible to transfer the probability predictions from animals to humans...At present, therefore, there exists no possibility at all of a scientifically based prediction. In this respect, the situation is even less favourable than in a game of chance.
. Neue Juristische Wochenschrift in Zeitschrift fur Rechtspolotik 12, 1975.

Perhaps the time has come to formulate a moral code which would govern our relations with the great creatures of the sea as well as those on dry land. That this will come to pass is our dearest wish.
Jacques Cousteau (Marine biologist).

The wild cruel beast is not behind the bars of the cage.
He is in front of it.
Axel Munthe.

Mercy to animals means mercy to mankind.
Henry Bergh.

Animal life, sombre mystery! Immense world of thoughts and dumb sufferings! All nature protests against the barbarity of man, who misapprehends, who humiliates, who tortures his inferior brethren.
Michelet (La Bible de L'humanite).

Animal experimentation based on a hierarchy is absurd. All animals have the ability to suffer, whether we are willing to accept it or not.
Patricia Lonergan.

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it.
Milan Kundera (The Unbearable Lightness of Being).

It should not be believed that all beings exist for the sake of the existence of man. On the contrary, all the other beings too have been intended for their own sakes and not for the sake of anything else.
Maimonides.

The fate of animals is of greater importance to me than the fear of appearing ridiculous: it is indissolubly connected with the fate of men.
Emile Zola.

The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different.
Hippocrates (ca. 460-377 BCE).

We have enslaved the rest of animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form...
The great discovery of the nineteenth century, that we are of one blood with the lower animals, has created new ethical obligations which have not yet penetrated the public conscience.
William Ralph Inge (1860-1954).

For the animals shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear.
They are not brethren; they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the Earth.
Henry Beston.

I assert [the behaviour of animals]...proceed from a reasoning, that is not in itself different, nor founded on different principles, from that which appears in human nature.
David Hume (1711-1776).

Humanity's true moral test, its fundamental test, consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. and in this respect humankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it.
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.
Thomas Edison, Harpers Magazine.

The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.
Alice Walker, The Color Purple.

Compassion for the suffering of others is not weakness. Acting from compassion when those around you do not takes more courage and strength of character than going along with everyone else's cruelty.
Norm Phelps, Fund for Animals.

We must infer like faculties...and we must consequently confess that the same reason, the same methods, that we employ in working are also employed by animals (if not some other and better ones)...
We condemn everything that appears strange to us and which we do not understand; and we do the same in our judgement of the animals...
Natures that are bloodthirsty towards animals show a propensity towards cruelty...Nature I fear, implants in men some instinct towards inhumanity....
We owe justice to men, and kindness and benovolence to all other creatures who may be susceptible of it...
Michel E. de Montaigne (1533-1592), Essays (London: Penguin, 1958).

How do we know that we have a right to kill creatures that we are so little above, as dogs, for our curiosity or even for some use to us?...
Perhaps that voice or cry so nearly resembling the human, with which providence has endued so many different animals, might purposely be given them to move our pity, and prevent those cruelties we are too apt to inflict on our fellow-creatures.
Alexander Pope (1688-1744).

Compassion is a necessary outcome of social life. But compassion also means a considerable step in general intelligence and sensibility. It is the first step towards the development of higher moral sentiments. It is, in turn, a powerful factor of further evolution.
P. Kropotkin (1842-1921).

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence that it is not utterly absurd; indeed, in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more often likely to be foolish than sensible...
There is no impersonal reason for regarding the interests of human beings as more important than those of animals.
We can destroy animals more easily than they can destroy us; that is the only solid basis of our claim to superiority.
Bertrand Russell (1872-1970).

The principle of domination has become the idol to which everything is sacrificed. The history of man's efforts to subjugate nature is also the history of man's subjugation by man.
Max Horkheimer (1895-1973).

The tendency to cruelty should be watched in children and if they incline to any such cruelty, they should be taught the contrary usage. For the custom of tormenting and killing other animals will, by degrees, harden their hearts even toward man...
Children should from the beginning be brought up in an abhorrence of killing or tormenting living beings...
They who delight in the suffering and destruction of inferior creatures will not be apt to be very compassionate or benign to their own kind.
John Locke (1632-1704).

An animal [is] no less sensible of pain than a man. He has similar nerves and organs of sensation; and his cries and groans, in case of violent impressions upon his body, though he cannot utter his complaints by speech, or human voice, are as strong indications to us of his sensibility of pain, as the cries and goans of a human being, whose language we do not understand...
A man can have no right to abuse and torment a beast.
Humphry Primatt (c. 1742).

Every act of injustice arises from the blind and criminal selfishness of the human heart; to this we look, as the cause of that unfeeling disposition, together with all those acts of injustice and cruelty which are spent on...animals.
Herman Daggett (1766-1832).

The animals, you say, were 'sent' for man's free use and nutriment. Pray, then, inform me...why came they ions before man did, to spend long centuries on earth awaiting their devourer's birth?... Have the lower animals 'rights'? Undoubtedly - if men have...
It is an entire mistake to suppose that the rights of animals are in any way antagonistic to the rights of men.
Henry S. Salt (1851-1939).

The deeper minds of all ages have had pity for animals.
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900).


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