Quotes: Animal Protection


“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
“I heard the screams of my father as cancer ravaged his body, and then I realised I had heard those screams before – in slaughterhouses, in the dog meat markets, in cattle ships, and the dying mother whale as a harpoon explodes in her brain as she calls out to her calf. Their cries are the cries of my father. And I realised that when we suffer, we suffer as equals.”
Philip Wollen OAM, The Winsome Constance Kindness Trust, AU
“One day the absurdity of the almost universal human belief in the slavery of other animals will be palpable. We shall then have discovered our souls and become worthier of sharing this planet with them.”
Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.
“If we cut up animals simply because they cannot prevent us, and because we are backing our own side in the struggle for existence, then it is only logical to cut up imbeciles, criminals, enemies or capitalists for the same reasons.”
CS Lewis
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead


“I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.”

Leonardo da Vinci


“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.”
“There is no more terrible sight than ignorance in action.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 – 1832)
“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.”
Romain Rolland, Nobel Prize 1915
“You may talk about your religion as much as you like, but if it does not teach you to be kind and caring towards animals as well as humans, then it is nothing but a sham.”
Anna Sewell
“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. All education should be directed toward the refinement of the individual’s sensibilities in relation not only to one’s fellow humans everywhere, but to all things whatsoever.”
Ashley Montague
“I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.”
Abraham Lincoln
“Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals, and the answer is: ‘Because the animals are like us’…. Ask the experimenters why it is morally okay to experiment on animals, and the answer is: ‘Because the animals are not like us.’ Animal experimentation rests on a logical contradiction.”
Charles R. Magel
“As long as people will shed the blood of innocent creatures there can be no peace, no liberty, no harmony between people. Slaughter and justice cannot dwell together.”
Isaac Bashevis Singer, Nobel Prize Winner
“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him that it is right.”
Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.
“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). French Poet, Author and Playwright
“Of all the creatures, man is the most detestable. Of the entire brood, he’s the one that possesses malice. He is the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be pain. 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.”
Mark Twain, American Novelist
“Whenever people say ‘We mustn’t be sentimental’, you can take it they are about to do something cruel. And if they add ‘We must be realistic’, they mean they are going to make money out of it.”
Brigid Brophy (1929–1995)
You, (my meat-eating friends), put your health at risk – that’s your business. But animal-based diets put the land, the water, the air, a society’s collective health, and even our collective pharmaceutical resources at risk. That’s my business. That’s everyone’s business.”
Howard Lyman, (Ex-cattle rancher turned vegan)


“The wild, cruel beast is not behind the bars of the cage. He is in front of it.”
Axel Munthe (1857 – 1949), Swedish Physician and Psychiatrist
“God put the animals in our keeping and made us responsible for their care and protection. We live together on the same planet. Yet, seeking to escape pain ourselves, we do not hesitate to inflict it on our fellow creatures, without compunction. Sowing pain and death, what do we expect to reap?”
Peter Hoffman
“Animals are sentient beings with feelings. They are not toys to be played with and discarded when inconvenient. They are not to be treated as children or the elderly or the handicapped or the comatose. They are alive and aware. They think. They feel. They make choices.”
Nedda Wittels, Animal Communicator


“We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.”
Albert Schweitzer, The Philosophy of Civilization
“Unless we change our food choices, nothing else matters, because it is meat that is destroying most of our forests, it is meat that pollutes the waters, it is meat that is creating disease which leads to all our money being diverted to hospitals, so it’s the first choice for anyone who wants to save the Earth.” 
Maneka Gandhi, former Indian Government Minister
“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.” 
Thomas A. Edison 
“When a man wantonly destroys one of the works of man we call him a vandal. When he destroys one of the works of God we call him a sportsman.”
Joseph Wood Krutch
“Animals and humans suffer and die alike. Violence causes the same pain, the same spilling of blood, the same stench of death, the same arrogant, cruel and brutal taking of life. We don’t have to be a part of it.”
Dick Gregory (Marin Independent Journal, April 28, 1998)


“In this sick culture, we know that every day the sick, the stupid, and the evil, bully and destroy those who are far their better. Every lab, farm and fur animal, every poisoned wild bird, every beaten child, every raped woman knows this.”