Animal Brothers

"There is no animal rights movement in the United States. There is only an animal welfare movement that seeks to promote the 'humane' exploitation of animals. . . To disagree is not to be 'divisive.' I disagree with the welfarists. I regard welfarism as ineffective and counterproductive. I think that the empirical evidence is absolutely clear that welfarism does not work. Despite all of the welfarist campaigns of the last century, we are using more animals now in more horrific ways than ever before in human history. . ."

"The most important form of incremental change is educating the public about the need for abolition. We have not yet had that, for the U.S. movement has always been embarrassed about being 'radical.' We do not want to alienate the 'mainstream.' The problem is that the 'mainstream' is polluted and we ought to stay far away from the mainstream."
– Gary Francione
Law professor
New Jersey

"The cattle of the rich steal the bread of the poor."
– Mohandas Gandhi

"From the beginnings of domestication of animals, interest in their freedom from suffering has been subordinated to economic considerations. . . But with the advent of factory farming, the evil has been terribly accentuated."
– John B. Cobb
Theologian

"The 19th century reformers argued that it was better for a slave's owner to beat his slave four times a week rather than five… Putting a string quartet on the way to the gas chambers — as the Nazis did during the Holocaust — may make things more 'humane' in some sense, but that misses the point, doesn't it?"
– Gary Francione

"Nonhumans will continue to be exploited until there is a revolution of the human spirit, and that will not happen without visionaries trying to change the paradigm that has become accustomed to and tolerant of patriarchal violence."
– Gary Francione

"We do not find ourselves until we see ourselves in the eyes of those who are other than human."
– Lorn Eiseley
anthropologist

"If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian."
– Paul & Linda McCartney

"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
author of The Color Purple

"I am in favour of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being."
– 
Abraham Lincoln

"No lepidopterist's collection in the entire world…full of iridescent wings, is worth the life of a single butterfly."
– Isaac Bashevis Singer
Nobel Prize winner

"A column of ants began to follow me onto the tennis court. Because I would not step on them, I lost the match. But I won with God."
– Peter Burwash

"Man has to stop seeing himself as superior to animals, he is not superior—only different."
– Joy Adamson

"…80 to 90% of all cancers, cardiovascular diseases, and other degenerative illness can be prevented, at least until very old age – simply by adopting a plant-based diet."
– Dr. Campbell

"Hunting … the least honorable form of war on the weak."
– 
Paul Richard

"Don't just question animal abuse. Interrogate it, impugn it, tear it down, dismember it, bury it, and when the mood strikes you, dance on its grave!"

"My doctrine is this: that if we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and we do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt."
 Anna Sewell
English novelist

"If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man."
– Mark Twain

"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring — it was peace."
– Milan Kundera

"Live in peace with the animals. Animals bring love to our hearts, and warmth to our souls."
 Colleen Klaum

"Velvet wind on a cat's fur
As she stalks a leaf
Playing in the moment
A quiet voice of a child
In the distance
Raises the kitty's ears
Then back to play
A new leaf
A new moment"
– Dagger gi

"There was a time, the golden age we call it, happy in fruits and herbs, when no men tainted their lips with blood, and birds went flying safely through the air, and the fields rabbits wandered unfrightened, and no fish was ever hooked by it's own credulity: all things were free from treachery and fear and cunning, and all was peaceful. But some innovative, a good for nothing, whoever he was, decided, in envy, that what lions ate was better, stuffed meat into his belly like a furnace, and paved the way for crime… one crime leads to another."
– Pythagoras
Ovid's Metamorphis

"He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals."
– Immanuel Kant
philosopher
(1724-1804)

"There's a schizoid quality to our relationship with animals, in which sentiment and brutality exist side by side. Half the dogs in America will receive Christmas presents this year, yet few of us pause to consider the miserable life of the pig — an animal easily as intelligent as a dog — that becomes the Christmas ham."
– Michael Pollan
professor and writer
(1955)

"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatuires from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men."
– St. Francis of Assisi
(1182-1226)

"Spiritual progress does demand at some stage that we should cease to kill our fellow creatures for the satisfaction of our bodily wants."
– 
Mahatma Gandhi

"Destroying species is like tearing pages out of an unread book, written in a language humans hardly know how to read, about the place where they live."
– Holmes Rolston III
Professor of Philosophy (1932)

"If anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat. That's the single most important thing you could do. It's staggering when you think about it. Vegetarianism takes care of so many things in one shot: ecology, famine, cruelty."
 Sir Paul McCartney

"The time will come when people such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of people."
Leonardo da Vinci

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
– Mohandas Gandhi

"Nothing will benefit health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as the evolution to a vegetarian diet."
– Albert Einstein

"The human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future: deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities, and the spread of disease."
 World Watch

"The average meat eater is responsible for the deaths of some 2,400 animals during his or her lifetime. Animals raised for food endure great suffering in their housing, transport, feeding and slaughter."
– J. Motavalli

"[Animals] were not made for humans any more than black people were made for whites, or women for men."
– Alice Walker

"The most political act we do on a daily basis is to eat."
– Jules Pretty

"Hunting is not a sport. In a sport, both sides should know they're in the game."
– Paul Rodriguez

OPPOSING VIEWS

"A cow is nothing but cells on the hoof."
– Thomas Wagner
V
eterinary biotechnologist

"Soybeans and pasta will kill you, after it diminishes your sex drive and shrivels up your backbone, but meat — red, juicy meat, with a little sizzled fat, will keep you alive longer and put some kick in your love life. Have you ever noticed all the bent-over, pale and sickly vegetarians?"
– Michael Pearl
No Greater Joy Ministries

"Scripture throws a great deal of light on this SATANIC doctrine of abstaining from meats. . . When he (God) created the cow, he had Sunday roasts and Saturday night steaks in mind."
– Michael Pearl

"Eating animals is the surest way to love them and help them. When we buy organic meats, we are voting for well-tended animals who live with dignity and who take pride in contributing to our well-being. When we refuse to eat animals, we leave them in the hands of those who don't care. And we short-change our own health."
 Green blessings, Susun S Weed

"I’m extremely into vegetarian food; happy to cook it but not completely happy. It’s like saying you can paint with the colors green and blue but can’t use red. For me, vegetarianism is very adolescent and very sentimental. What’s the word when you project onto an animal human traits? Anthropomorphize. A lot of people anthropomorphize animals—“They have the same feelings that we have”—but they don’t. A fish is perfectly happy to die for you, because it’s fulfilled its fishdom."
– Peter Berley
Flexitarian Chef

"Vegetarians are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit, an affront to all I stand for: the pure enjoyment of food. The body, these waterheads imagine, is a temple that should not be polluted by animal protein. It's healthier, they insist, though every vegetarian waiter I've worked with is brought down by the [mere] rumor of a cold."

"Oh, I'll accommodate them. I'll rummage around for something to feed them, for a 'vegetarian plate,' if called on to do so. Fourteen dollars for a few slices of grilled eggplant and zucchini suits my food cost just fine."
– 
Anthony Bourdain
Chef, Author

"Vegetarians, and their Hezbollah-like splinter faction — vegans — are a persistent irritant to any chef worth a damn. To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living."
– Anthony Bourdain


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