Quotations

Richmond Park

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

Samuel Butler

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Animals are my friends…and I don’t eat my friends.’

 George Bernard Shaw

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‘If you visit the killing floor of a slaughterhouse, it will brand your soul for life.’

Howard Lyman

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‘All beings tremble before violence. All fear death, all love life. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do?’

Buddha

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‎’But for the sake of some little mouthful of meat, we deprive a soul of the sun and light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy.’

Seneca

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‘All beings are fond of life, like pleasure, hate pain, shun destruction, like life, long to live. To all life is dear.’

 Acharanga Sutra 

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‘Ever occur to you why some of us can be this much concerned with animals suffering?  Because government is not.  Why not?  Animals don’t vote. ‘ 

Paul Harvey

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‘To greed, all nature is insufficient.’

Seneca

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‘The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that’s the essence of inhumanity.’

George Bernard Shaw

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 ‘Poor animals! How jealously they guard their pathetic bodies . . . that which to us is merely an evening’s meal, but to them is life itself.’

T. Casey Brennan

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‘From beasts we scorn as soulless,
In forest, field and den,
The cry goes up to witness
The soullessness of men.’

M. Frida Hartley

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‘Meat is murder’.

Morrissey

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‘It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of appetite is nothing but an act of murder. ‘

Edward Sanchez

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‘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. And to act so is immoral.’

Leo Tolstoy

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‘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 Edison

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‘If we don’t NEED to eat animals to survive, is taste a good enough reason to murder them without pity?’

Edward Sanchez

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‘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 on the murder of men.’

Leonardo da Vinci

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‘When a man wants to murder a tiger, he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him, he calls it ferocity.’

George Bernard Shaw

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‘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

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‘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

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‘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