Life is as dear to the mute creature as it is to a man - The Dalai Lama

They too, are created by the same loving hand of God which Created us...It is our duty to protect them and to promote their well-being.— Mother Teresa

So that a man hath no pre-eminence over a beast — Ecclesiastes 3:19

Life is life—whether in a cat, or dog or man - Sri Aurobindo

What is religion? Compassion for all things, which have life - Hitopadesa

There is not an animal on the earth, nor a flying creature on two wings, but they are people like unto you — The Holy Qur’an

Non-injury to living beings is the highest religion — Jain percept

A Robin Redbreast in a cage puts all Heaven in a Rage — William Blake

Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages - Thomas A. Edison

A man of my spiritual intensity does not eat corpses — George Bernard Shaw

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened — Anatole France

Non-violence begins with the fork — Elizabeth Frians

We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals - Immanual Kant

Vegetarianism


If one is trying to practice meditation and it still eating meat, he would be like a man closing his ears and shouting loudly, and then asserting that he heard nothing - Surangama Sutra, an Ancient Buddhist text

One must not deliberately kill any living creature either by committing the act oneself, instructing others to kill, or approving of or participating in acts of killing. To completely abstain from the act of killing directly and indirectly, eat only pure vegetarian food.—Buddhism

The eating of flesh extinguishes the seed of great compassion.—Mahaparinirvana Buddhism

“Animals, as part of God’s creation, have rights which must be respected. It behooves us always to be sensitive to their needs and to the reality of their pain.”—Dr. Donald Coggan, former Archbishop of Cant“And the flesh of the slain beasts in his body will become his own tomb. For I tell you truly, he who kills, kills himself and he who eats the flesh of slain beasts, eats the body of death.”—The Essene Gospel of Peace

“To try to picture the Christ, the one whom Christians call ‘Agnus Dei’, the Lamb of God, chewing on a leg of lamb seems incongruous to me.”—Elizabeth Farians Erbury

“To my mind the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body. I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to the protection by man from the cruelty of man.”—Mahatma Gandhi

“I do not regard flesh food as necessary for us. I hold flesh food to be unsuited to our species. We err in copying the lower [supposedly lower] animal world if we are superior to it. The only way to live is to let live.”—Mahatma Gandhi

“If you want to be spiritually higher you must be a vegetarian. In India It is said that what ever you eat It is reflected in your mind, so if you eat vegetarian you become purer and purer, and It is reflected in your mind. Those who want to go to spiritualism have to ultimately go to vegetarianism because if you are not a vegetarian your thoughts are disturbing and you can not achieve the higher things you want to achieve. Even in yoga, It is sometimes said that It is not necessary to change your diet but ultimately It is the change of the diet which starts the ball rolling.”— Jashu Shah

Non vegetarians should become vegetarian as soon as possible. They must understand that vegetarianism is ultimately for the benefit of the human race.— Jashu Shah

“Meat cannot be obtained without injury to animals, and the slaughter of animals obstructs the way to heaven; let us therefore shun the use of meat.”—Hinduism

Those who permit the slaughter of an animal, who kills it, who cuts it up, who buys or sells flesh, who cooks it, who serves it up, and who eats it, are all slayers.—Hinduism

“The food of the future will be fruit and grains. The time will come when meat will no longer be eaten. Our natural food is that which comes out of the ground. The people will gradually develop up to the condition of this natural food.” - Anon.

“Meat can not be procured without causing destruction of life; one who uses flesh, therefore, commits ahimsa (injury) unavoidably.”—Jainism

“One who harms animals, directly or indirectly, has not understood deeds of sin…those whose minds are at peace and who are free from passions do not desire to live at the expense of others.”—Jainism

“Can you really ask what reason Pythagoras had for abstaining from flesh? For my part I rather wonder both by what accident and in what state of soul or mind the first man did so, touched his mouth to gore and brought his lips to the flesh of a dead creature, he who set forth tables of dead, stale bodies and ventured to call food and nourishment the parts that had a little before bellowed and cried, moved and lived. How could his eyes endure the slaughter when throats were slit and hides flayed and limbs torn from limb? How could his nose endure the stench? How was it that the pollution did not turn away his taste, which made contact with the sores of others and sucked juices and serums from mortal wounds?”—Plutarch

“For hundreds of thousands of years the stew in the pot has brewed hatred and resentment that is difficult to stop. If you wish to know why there are disasters of armies and weapons in the world, listen to the piteous cries from the slaughter house at midnight.”—Ancient Chinese verse

“Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds theirs. We live by the death of others: we are burial places! I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look on the murder of animals as they now look“It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living by its purely physical effect on the human temperament would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.”—Albert Einstein

“Our task must be to free ourselves— by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.”—Albert Einstein

“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

“Vegetarian food leaves a deep impression on our nature. If the whole world adopts vegetarianism, it can change the destiny of mankind.”—Albert Einstein

“I do not like eating meat because I have seen lambs and pigs killed. I saw and felt their pain. They felt the 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.”—Vaslav Nijinsky

“Thousands of people who say they ‘love' animals sit down once or twice a day to enjoy the flesh of creatures who have been utterly deprived of everything that could make their lives worth living and who endured the awful suffering and the terror of the abattoirs.”—Jane Goodall

“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.”—Henry David Thoreau

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

“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.”—Percy Bysshe Shelley

“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.”—H.G. Wells

“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.”—C.S. Lewis

“While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth?”—George Bernard Shaw

“A mind of the caliber of mine cannot derive its nutriment from cows.”—George Bernard Shaw

“A man of my spiritual intensity does not eat corpses.”—George Bernard Shaw

“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

“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.”—Isaac Bashevis Singer

“I venture to maintain that there are multitudes to whom the necessity of discharging the duties of a butcher would be so inexpressibly painful and revolting, that if they could obtain a flesh diet on no other condition, they would relinquish it forever.”—W.E.H. Lecky

“The beef industry has contributed to more American deaths than all the wars of this century, all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined. If beef is your idea of "real food for real people" you'd better live real close to a real good hospital.”—Neal Barnard, M.D.

Nothing more strongly arouses our disgust than cannibalism, yet we make the same impression on Buddhists and vegetarians, for we feed on babies, though not our own.”—Robert Louis Stevenson

“A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite.”—Count Leo Tolstoy

“'Thou shalt not kill' does not apply to murder of one's own kind only, but to all living beings; and this Commandment was inscribed in the human breast long before it was proclaimed from Sinai.”—Count Leo Tolstoy

“Flesh eating is simply immoral, as it involves the performance of an act, which is contrary to moral feeling: killing. By killing, man suppresses in himself, unnecessarily, the highest spiritual capacity, that of sympathy and pity towards living creatures like himself and by violating his own feelings becomes cruel.”—Count Leo Tolstoy

“As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields.”—Count Leo Tolstoy

“Now I can look at you in peace; I don't eat you anymore”—Franz Kafka

“If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.”—Sir Paul McCartney

“We don't need to eat anyone who would run, swim, or fly away if he could.”—James Cromwell, the farmer in the movie “Babe”

“No heaven will not ever heaven be; Unless my cats are there to welcome me.”— Anonymous

“The best thing you can do for the environment is quit eating meat”—Anonymous

“Thousands of animals [now billions] are butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. It cries vengeance upon all the human race.”—Romain Rolland, Nobel Prize Literature

“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 Literature 1915

“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.”—Rabindranath Tagore, Nobel Prize 1913

“I think there will come a time…when civilized people will look back in horror on our generation and the ones that have preceded it; the idea that we should eat other living things running around on four legs, that we should raise them just for the purpose of killing them! The people of the future will say, ‘meat-eaters’ in disgust and regard us in the same way that we regard cannibals and cannibalism.”—Dennis Weaver

“This world could be an Eden—nature created that way, but we’ve corrupted it. Take the common cow, if kindness and love of all creatures where our guiding principle, we could have just a little milk, cheese or butter and all the great love our fellow creatures are dying to give to us.”—Anonymous. Greeting Card

“I eat everything that nature voluntarily gives: fruits, vegetables, and the products of plants. But I ask you to spare me what animals are forced to surrender: meat, milk, and cheese.”—Anonymous

“The cow is an exceptionally loving and gentle creature. She cries for days when her calf is taken from her. It is a pitiful sound, a pitiful sound.”—Helen Weston, former cattle rancher

“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.”—Rynn Berry

“Cows are amongst the gentlest of breathing creatures; none show more passionate tenderness to their young when deprived of them; and, in short, I am not ashamed to profess a deep love for these quiet creatures.”—Thomas De Quincey. Greeting Card

“The human body has no more need for cows' milk than it does for dogs' milk, horses' milk, or giraffes' milk.”—Michael Klaper, M.D.

“I will not eat anything that walks, runs, skips, hops or crawls. God knows that I've crawled on occasion, and I'm glad that no one ate me.”—Alex Poulos

“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.”—Kate Bush

“I think if you want to eat more meat you should kill it yourself and eat it raw so that you are not blinded by…having it processed for you.”—Margi Clark

“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.”—Cloris Leachman
 

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