Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.— Thomas Jefferson
Simplistic Animal Abuse quotations
We cannot have peace among men whose hearts find delight in killing any living creature.
If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.
Being kind to animals is not enough. Avoiding cruelty is not enough. Housing animals in more comfortable, larger cages is not enough. Whether we exploit animals to eat, to wear, to entertain us, or to learn, the truth of animal rights requires empty cages, not larger cages.
Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.
Mercy to animals means mercy to mankind.
In 1968, I became a vegetarian after realizing that animals feel afraid, cold, hungry, and unhappy like we do.
If cows, pigs, chickens and turkeys go into slaughterhouses alive and come out chopped up into hundreds of pieces, how could anyone claim that animals aren't being mistreated, abused, tortured, terrorized and savagely murdered in these places? How in the world could SLAUGHTERING BILLIONS of INNOCENTS be done with love, humanity and concern?
Animals give me more pleasure through the viewfinder of a camera than they ever did in the crosshairs of a gunsight.
Nothing living should ever be treated with contempt.
Whatever it is that lives, a man, a tree, or a bird, should be touched gently, because the time is short. Civilization is another word for respect for life.
These birds and animals and fish cannot speak, but they can suffer, and our God who created them, knows their sufferings, and will hold him who causes them to suffer unnecessarily to answer for it. It is a sin against their Creator.
Atrocities are not less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and are called medical research.
I don't believe in the concept of hell, but if I did I would think of it as filled with people who were cruel to animals.
If an 'animal abuser' were killed in a research lab firebombing, I would unequivocally support that, too.
Life is life's greatest gift. Guard the life of another creature as you would your own because it is your own. On life's scale of values, the smallest is no less precious to the creature who owns it than the largest.
No one in the world needs a mink coat but a mink.
Animal abuse is rampant in the U.S., right under everyone's eyes, for the entertainment of the public. The brutal confinement and pain of training methods of wild animals in the circus, the aquatic and theatrical shows, leads to retaliation by the animals. Eventually they find the right time to strike out, and they will.
Deerstalking would be a very fine sport if only the deer had guns.
To meditate for world peace, to pray for a better world, and to work for social justice and environmental protection while continuing to purchase the flesh, milk, and eggs of horribly abused animals exposes a disconnect that is so fundamental that it renders our efforts absurd, hypocritical, and doomed to certain failure.
Humanity's true moral test, its fundamental test…consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals.
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.
To inflict cruelties on defenceless creatures, or condone such acts, is to abuse one of the cardinal tenets of a civilized society - reverence for life.
Through PETA, we rescue animals in roadside zoos and circuses.
They are some of the most abused animals in the country.
To give a child animal products is a form of child abuse.
Donkeys are the most misunderstood and abused animals around the world.
There cannot be perfect civilization until Man realizes that the rights of every living creature are as sacred as his own.
Man was appointed by God to have dominion over the beasts, and everything a man does to an animal is either a lawful exercise or a sacrilegious abuse of an authority by divine right.
He [man] abuses equally other animals and his own species, the rest of whom live in famine, languish in misery, and work only to satisfy the immoderate appetite and the still more insatiable vanity of this human being who, destroying others by want, destroys himself by excess.
I urge you to ask yourself just how honorable it is to preside over the abuse and suffering of animals.
Animals are sentient creatures. I love them very much. I do not feel that we have the right to torture, murder, and abuse them for our own disgusting dietary and fashion wants and needs.
Personal purity isn’t really the issue.
Not supporting animal abuse – and persuading others not to support it – is.
Anyone entrusted with power will abuse it if not also animated with the love of truth and virtue, no matter whether he be a prince, or one of the people.
There is no point in developing anything at the cost of exploiting and abusing animals.
It seems to me of great importance to teach children respect for life.
We know, at least, that this decision (ending factory farming) will help prevent deforestation, curb global warming, reduce pollution, save oil reserves, lessen the burden on rural America, decrease human rights abuses, improve publish health, and help eliminate the most systematic animal abuse in history.