You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Staggering Animal Ethics quotations
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.
The day may come when the rest of the animal creation may acquire those rights which never could have been withholden from them but by the hand of tyranny.
The meaning of life is pretty clear: Living things strive to pass their genes into the future. The claim that we would not have morals or ethics without religion is extraordinary. Animals in nature seem to behave in moral ways without organized religion.
I think using animals for food is an ethical thing to do, but we've got to do it right. We've got to give those animals a decent life, and we've got to give them a painless death. We owe the animal respect.
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.
Mercy to animals means mercy to mankind.
A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him, that of plants and animals as that of his fellow men, and when he devotes himself helpfully to all life that is in need of help.
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.
What is it that should trace the insuperable line? .
..The question is not, Can they reason? nor Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?
Our treatment of animals, in every department, is deeply and systematically immoral. Becoming a vegetarian is only the most minimal ethical response to the magnitude of the evil.
Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds them.
We live by the death of others. We are burial places.
We must never allow the voice of humanity within us to be silenced.
It is humanity's sympathy with all creatures that first makes us truly human.
Of all the animals, man is the only one that lies.
Driven by a wish to save Tomás from a life of penury and misunderstanding, Fermin had decided that he needed to develop my friend's latent conversational and social skills. Like the good ape he is, man is a social animal, characterized by cronyism, nepotism, corruption, and gossip. That's the intrinsic blueprint for our ethical behavior.
Animal factories are one more sign of the extent to which our technological capacities have advanced faster than our ethics.
Men will be just to men when they are kind to animals.
We cannot have two hearts, one for the animals and one for men.
In cruelty towards the former and cruelty to the latter there is no difference but in the victim.
When man learns to respect even the smallest being of creation.
..nobody has to teach him to love his fellow man. Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.
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.
We have no ethical obligation to preserve the different breeds of livestock produced through selective breeding One generation and out. We have no problems with the extinction of domestic animals. They are creations of human selective breeding.
Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man.
Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures.
We are the living graves of murdered beasts.
A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him.
Make ethical choices in what we buy, do, and watch.
In a consumer-driven society our individual choices, used collectively for the good of animals and nature, can change the world faster than laws.
All ethics so far evolved rest upon a single premise: that the individual is a member of a community of interdependent parts. . . The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land.
All education should be directed toward the refinement of the individual's sensibilities in relation not only to one's fellow humans everywhere, but to all living things whatsoever.
Slaughter and justice cannot dwell together.
By ethical conduct toward all creatures, we enter into a spiritual relationship with the universe.
Human beings are a part of the animal kingdom, not apart from it.
The separation of "us" and "them" creates a false picture and is responsible for much suffering. It is part of the in-group/out-group mentality that leads to human oppression of the weak by the strong as in ethic, religious, political, and social conflicts.
The thinking (person) must oppose all cruel customs, no matter how deeply rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo. When we have a choice, we must avoid bringing torment and injury into the life of another.
I was aware of what animals go through because I had driven animals to slaughter and I'd killed animals. And I was aware that there were certain ethical issues, but they weren't preying on my mind very heavily.
A civilized society must count animals as worthy of moral consideration and ethical treatment. The question is not, Can they reason? nor Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?
I'm very involved with PETA - People for Ethical Treatment of Animals - and Greenpeace and a lot of women's shelter and clothing giveaways.
I've always felt you don't have to be completely detached, emotionally uninvolved to make precise observations. There's nothing wrong with feeling great empathy for your subjects.