Animal Rights Quotes

I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals, as surely as the savage tribes have left off eating each other when they came in contact with the more civilized.- Henry David Thoreau

I never married because there was no need. I have three pets at home, which answer the same purpose as a husband. I have a dog which growls every morning, a parrot which swears all afternoon and a cat that comes home late at night. -Marie Corelli

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. - Isaac Bashevis Singer

I have reached zero tolerance for the cruelty against our animal brothers. If we are to nuture our culture, let’s begin with the animals who have been nothing but our beasts of burden for so long. - Riki Rocket

We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words. - Anna Sewell

Commemoration of Osmund, Bishop of Salisbury, 1099 What does this desire and this inability of ours proclaim to us but that there was once in man a genuine happiness, of which nothing now survives but the mark and the empty outline; and this he vainly tries to fill from everything that lies around him, seeking from things that are not there the help that he does not get from those that are present? Yet they are quite incapable of filling the gap, because this infinite gulf can only be filled by an infinite and immutable object -- that is, God, Himself. He alone is man's veritable good, and since man has deserted Him it is a strange thing that there is nothing in nature that has not been capable of taking His place for man: stars, sky, earth, elements, plants, cabbages, leeks, animals, insects, calves, serpents, fever, plague, war, famine, vices, adultery, incest. And since he has lost the true good, everything can equally appear to him as such -- even his own destruction, though that is so contrary at once to God, to reason, and to nature. - Blaise Pascal

Chickens: The only animals you eat before they are born and after they are dead.- Unknown

The zoo is a place for animals to study the behaviour of human beings. - Unknown

Is it men or women who work the most in slaughterhouses? Is it men or women who are most involved in domestic battering? Is it men or women who commit the most rapes? Is it men or women who vote for the most executions? Is it men or women who promote war, vote for war, kill in war? Is it men or women who as 'talk show hosts' allow no talk? Is it men or women who are more often pedophiles? Is it men or women who torture lab animals more? - O Anna Niemus

If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act is abstinence of injury to animals. - Leo Tolstoy

The beasts are very wise, Their mouths are clean of lies, They talk one to the other, Bullock to bullock brothers Resting after their labors, Each in stall with his neighbors, But man with goad and whip, Breaks up their fellowship, Shouts in their silky ears Filling their soul with fears. When he has plowed the land, He says: "they understand." But the beasts in stall together, Freed from the yoke and tether, Say as the torn flank smoke: "Nay, 'twas the whip that spoke." - Rudyard Kipling

There will be no justice as long as man will stand with a knife or with a gun and destroy those who are weaker than he is. Isaac Bashevis Singer

If people were superior to animals, they'd take better care of the world. A A Milne, Winnie the Pooh

When you bury dead animals under fruit trees, the fruits of these trees will be sweet. - Unknown

A bear boasted very much of his philanthropy, saying that of all animals he was the most tender in his regard for man, for he had such respect for him that he would not even touch his dead body. A Fox hearing these words said with a smile to the Bear, Oh! that you would eat the dead and not the living. -Aesop

People who are willing to kill animals just to satisfy their greed for meat are ultimately, really, killing themselves by their cruelty . . . that is God at work - Fleur Wiorkowski

I hate a word like "pets": it sounds so much Like something with no living of its own. - Elizabeth Jennings

It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favour of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion. - William Ralph Inge

Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet Albert Einstein

Caesar's armies marched on vegetarian foods. - Will Durant

I have known many meat eaters to be far more nonviolent than vegetarians. - Mahatma Ghandi

To become vegetarian is to step into the stream which leads to nirvana. - Buddha

Everyone's a pacifist between wars. It's like being a vegetarian between meals. - Colman McCarthy

If there is justice with no mercy, Ira Flatow will have to come back countless times as a lab rat for all the cruelty he has promoted on NPR. - Unknown

Every animal loves itself. - Charles Churchill

Every animal knows more than you do. - Proverb

Man is a noble animal, splendid in ashes and pompous in the grave. - Sir Thomas Browne

One disadvantage of being a hog is that at any moment some blundering fool may try to make a silk purse out of your wife's ear. - J B Morton
Even bear-baiting was esteemed heathenish and unchristian: the sport of it, not the inhumanity, gave offence. - Alexander Hume

The Puritan hated bear-baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators. - Thomas Babington Macaulay

We hold these truths to be self-evident,--that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.- Thomas Jefferson

You should never name an animal which is not yours to keep, or which you intend to eat. - Deborah Boliver Boehm

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 Anthony Froude

Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them. - Samuel Butler

We who revel in nature's diversity and feel instructed by every animal tend to brand Homo sapiens as the greatest catastrophe since the Cretaceous extinction. - Stephen Jay Gould

Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think. - Arthur Shopenhauer

The only real equality is in the cemetery. - Proverb

Animals are human just like us in a different shape and form so do not abuse them. - Unknown

Every animal knows more than you do. - Proverb

I used to be a meat lover. And oh man, how I loved to eat meat! But when I stopped to think about what I was doing (I mean really think, i.e., to reflect deeply on the subject), the remorse was so big that I would get depressed. Luckily, being a vegetarian is much easier and much more fun than I first imagined - Urbana

For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love." - Pythagoras

"The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men." - Leonardo da Vinci

"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

"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?" George Bernard Shaw

"What is it that should trace the insuperable line? ...The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?" - Jeremy Bentham

You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields. 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 to their cruelty." - Leo Tolstoy aithor

"I cannot fish without falling a little in self-respect...always when I have done I feel it would have been better if I had not fished." - Henry David Thoreau

"While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth?" - "Atrocities are not less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and are called medical research." - George Bernard Shaw playwrite

There is an Indian legend which says when a human dies there is a bridge they must cross to enter into heaven. At the head of that bridge waits every animal that human encountered during their lifetime. The animals, based upon what they know of this person, decide which humans may cross the bridge.... and which are turned away...- Unknown

Man is the only slave. And he is the only animal who enslaves. He has always been a slave in one form or another, and has always held other slaves in bondage under him in one way or another. In our day, he is always some man's slave for wages, and does that man's work; and this slave has other slaves under him for minor wages, and they do his work. The higher animals are the only ones who exclusively do their own work and provide their own living. - Mark Twain

Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. But a pig will look a man in the eye and see his equal.- Winston Churchill