People speak sometimes about the "bestial" cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to beasts, no animal could ever be so cruel as a man, so artfully, so artistically cruel.— Fyodor Dostoevsky
Delighting Animal Cruelty quotations
Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.
Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.
Until the lion learns to write, every story will glorify the hunter.
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.
We cannot have peace among men whose hearts find delight in killing any living creature.
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. I hold that the more helpless a creature the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of humankind.
It takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal.
Animals share with us the privilege of having a soul.
If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.
To me, cruelty is the worst of human sins.
Once we accept that a living creature has feelings and suffers pain, then by knowingly and deliberately inflicting suffering on that creature, we are guilty, whether it be human or animal.
If your dog doesn’t like someone you probably shouldn’t, either.
Human emotions are a gift from our animal ancestors. Cruelty is a gift humanity has given itself.
Human cruelty knows no limits and that one needs immense courage and a will of iron to help others understand that animals are made of flesh and blood like us, that they suffer the same pains as us, that they deserve the same respect as us and that their continuous slaughter should not be part of human entertainment.
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.
Be kind to every kind, not just mankind.
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.
Cruelty to animals is one of the most significant vices of a low and ignoble people. Wherever one notices them, they constitute a sign of ignorance and brutality which cannot be painted over even by all the evidence of wealth and luxury.
A robin redbreast in a cage Puts all heaven in a rage.
We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.
Man's highest duty is to protect animals from cruelty.
As custodians of the planet it is our responsibility to deal with all species with kindness, love, and compassion. That these animals suffer through human cruelty is beyond understanding. Please help to stop this madness.
Auschwitz begins wherever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks: they’re only animals.
When it is too hard to look back, and you are afraid to look ahead... Look beside you. I'll always be there.
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.
Cruelty to animals can become violence to humans.
I am sometimes asked, 'Why do you spend so much of your time and money talking about kindness to animals when there is so much cruelty to men?' I answer: 'I am working at the roots.'
Animals do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.
Never believe that animals suffer less than humans.
Pain is the same for them that it is for us. Even worse, because they cannot help themselves.
In 1968, I became a vegetarian after realizing that animals feel afraid, cold, hungry, and unhappy like we do.
The wild, cruel beast is not behind the bars of the cage. He is in front of it.
All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.
Animals give me more pleasure through the viewfinder of a camera than they ever did in the crosshairs of a gunsight.
Atrocities are not less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and are called medical research.
We have to be aggressive when those we stick up for have no voice.
I don't consider it radical to say cruelty is wrong and that animals should be respected. I consider it radical to eat corpses, put electrodes in animals' heads, make elephants live in chains in the circus, and poison animals we consider a nuisance.
Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.
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.
Man is worse than an animal when he is an animal.
No one in the world needs a mink coat but a mink.
Love is the emotion that a woman feels always for a poodle dog and sometimes for a man.
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.
Deerstalking would be a very fine sport if only the deer had guns.
In the killing of animals there is cruelty, rage, and the accustoming of oneself to the bad habit of shedding innocent blood.
Personally, I would not give a fig for any man's religion whose horse, cat and dog do not feel its benefits. Life in any form is our perpetual responsibility.