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Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals. George Orwell
Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself. James Anthony Froude
We are different beings. There is nothing in life which links us together. Our names, our clothes, our foods–they are all different; our economic life, our educational ideas, our treatment of women, our attitude towards animals .... We challenge each other at every point of the compass. Muhammad Ali Jinnah
When you grow up on a farm in Georgia, your first girlfriend is a mule. Neal Horsley
Sp close is life to life. The universality of the deep chemistry of living things is indeed a fantastic and beautiful thing. And all the time we human beings have been too proud to recognize our kinship with the animals. Richard P. Feynman
The Great Spirit has stocked your land with cows, ours with Buffalo. Yours with hogs, ours with Bear. Yours with sheep, ours with deer. He has given you the advantage that your animals are tame while ours are wild and demand not only a large space for range but art to hunt and kill them. Nevertheless, they are as much our property as other animals are yours and ought not to be taken from us without our consent or for something of equal value. Old Tassel; Kaiyah-tahee
The human spirit is not dead. It lives on in secret.... It has come to believe that compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind Albert Schweitzer
Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills. Voltaire
My job, my mission, what I have been put on this planet for is to save wildlife. Steve Irwin
A consciousness of history is one of the key factors that distinguishes us from other animals. David Davis
The knowledge of past events... forms a main difference between brutes and rational creatures Henry of Huntington
The Animal Liberation Front (ALF) carries out direct action against animal abuse in the form of rescuing animals and causing financial loss to animal exploiters, usually through the damage and destruction of property. Animal Liberation Front
I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men. Leonardo da Vinci
Prevent the torture and murder of our animal brothers and sisters Ronnie Lee
Having well considered the (disgusting) origin of flesh and the (cruelty of) fettering and slaying corporeal beings, let him entirely abstain from eating flesh Manu
In October, 1838, … I happened to read for amusement Malthus on population, and being well prepared to appreciate the struggle for existence which everywhere goes on from long continuous observation of the habits of animals and plants, it at once struck me that under these circumstances favorable variations would tend to be preserved and unfavorable ones to be destroyed. The result of this would be the formation of new species. Here, then, I had at last got a theory by which to work Charles Darwin
Fur is murder. Don’t buy fur. Anonymous
Murder More Monkeys! Anonymous
America will tolerate the taking of a human life without giving it a second thought. But don't misuse a household pet. Dick Gregory
Animal life is also sacred to the Creator. A Christian may kill animals to provide food and clothing or to protect himself from sickness and danger … But it is wrong to mistreat animals or to kill them just for sport or pleasure. Jehovah's Witnesses
Those who pasture on the common pastures larger animals of no greater number than ten plus their offspring up to one year of age ... shall not owe any tax or fee for these animals ... to the State or to any tax farmer nor give security nor pay anything for this reason. Roman Empire
There is another very specific quality which distinguishes them [man from animals], and which will admit of no dispute. This is the faculty of self-improvement, which, by the help of circumstances, gradually develops all the rest of our faculties, and is inherent in the species as in the individual: whereas a brute is, at the end of a few months, all he will ever be during his whole life, and his species, at the end of a thousand years, exactly what it was the first year of that thousand. Jean Jacques Rousseau
It’s almost impossible to imagine a society saying, “It’s all right use embryonic stem cells to save your dying dog, but it’s not okay to use them to save your dying child.”… America’s love affair with animals will slowly but inevitably undermine the religious, moral, and ethical arguments against genome-based therapies for people. Healthier cats and dogs will generate an irresistible demand for healthier children and adults. Michael Schrage
In the beginning of Time, the great Creator Reason, made the Earth to be a Common Treasury, to preserve Beasts, Birds, Fishes, and Man, the lord that was to govern this Creation; for Man had Domination given to him, over the Beasts, Birds, and Fishes; but not one word was spoken in the beginning, that one branch of mankind should rule over another. Levellers
In any culture where a proportion of people can obtain protein from animal sources, beans will be reviled as food fit only for peasants. Ken Albala
Tell the president that the buffalo is my old friend, and it would make my heart glad to see a heard once more roaming around. Quanah Parker
A black snake can bite you just as bad as a white snake Thurgood Marshall
… from humanity to nationality to bestiality Franz Grillparzer
Maritime nations still respond automatically to the shibboleth of the "freedom of the seas." Professing to believe in the "inexhaustible resources of the oceans," they bring species after species of fish and whales closer to extinction. Garrett Hardin
Beat the dog and the panther will learn a lesson. Arab Proverb
Pasture comes before prayer. Arab Proverb
A tiger, a panther, a buffalo, or a hog, rouses your uttermost energies for its destruction—you even risk your lives in its pursuit. How much higher game is a Thug’s! His is man: against his fellow-creatures in every degree, from infancy to old age, he has sworn relentless, unerring destruction! Philip Meadows Taylor
The Indian feels that he is related to the animal world. That all living things are related. N. Scott Momaday
Calling the New York State Legislature “a circus” is inappropriate. Circus animals are very intelligent. Alfred E. Smith
Physiological experiment on animals is justifiable for real investigation, but not for mere damnable and detestable curiosity. Charles Darwin
No wild beast is more savage than man when possessed with power answerable to his rage. Plutarch
Whether exotic wild animals have escaped or the owners have let them go, the problem is still there…. The damage has already been done. Bill Nelson
Human cloning and attempts at creating animal-human hybrids are immoral and unethical practices that devalue human life and have questionable, if any, scientific merit. These practices are a direct affront to the sanctity of human life in this state, and have no place in our society. Kris Jordan
The crown jewel of our national park system has been transformed into a hunting ground for these predators. It's just a matter of time before one of these snakes gets to a visitor. Bill Nelson
We perhaps protect our pets better than our children. Augustus Hawkins
I would like to thank the honorable police and judges and all those who worked to arrest dog lovers. Gholamreza Hassini
There is no meaningful distinction between eating flesh and eating dairy or other animal products. Animals exploited in the dairy industry live longer than those used for meat, but they are treated worse during their lives, and they end up in the same slaughterhouse after which we consume their flesh anyway. There is probably more suffering in a glass of milk or an ice cream cone than there is in a steak. Gary L. Francione
It doesn't seem to me that this fantastically marvelous universe, this tremendous range of time and space and different kinds of animals, and all the different planets, and all these atoms with all their motions, and so on, all this complicated thing can merely be a stage so that God can watch human beings struggle for good and evil — which is the view that religion has. The stage is too big for the drama. Richard P. Feynman
Modern man is prompt to prevent cruelty to animals, and sometimes even to humans, but no counterpart of the Humane Society or the Sierra Club exists to prevent cruelty to entire cultures. Peter Farb
Man is said to be a reasoning animal. I do not know why he has not been defined as an affective or feeling animal. Perhaps that which differentiates him from other animals is feeling rather than reason Miguel de Unamuno
When you have no freedom, then your life becomes the life of an animal. Giuseppe Mazzini
How I hate the man who talks about the 'brute creation', with an ugly emphasis on Brute. Only Christians are capable of it. As for me, I am proud of my close kinship with other animals. I take a jealous pride in my Simian ancestry. I like to think that I was once a magnificent hairy fellow living in the trees and that my frame has come down through geological time via sea jelly and worms and Amphioxus, Fish, Dinosaurs, and Apes. Who would exchange these for the pallid couple in the Garden of Eden? Bruce F. Cummings; W. N. P.
I would much rather be a perfected ape than a degraded Adam. Yes, if it is shown to me that my humble ancestors were quadrupedal animals, arboreal herbivores, brothers or cousins of those who were also the ancestors of monkeys and apes, far from blushing in shame for my species because of its genealogy and parentage, I will be proud of all that evolution has accomplished, of the continuous improvement which takes us up to the highest order, of the successive triumphs that have made us superior to all of the other species ... the splendid work of progress. Paul Broca
Scientific men are under definite obligation to experiment upon animals so far as that is the alternative to random and possibly harmful experimentation upon human beings, and so far as such experimentation is a means of saving human life and of increasing human vigor and efficiency. John Dewey
There is no fundamental difference between man and the higher animals in their mental faculties. Charles Darwin
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. Aldo Leopold
When the public mind first took its bent towards science, I, for one, foresaw that the Devil would soon be to pay with our cherished ideas. Under the plea of exercising some of the highest faculties of human nature, these scientific descendentalists have exclusively devoted themselves to the lowest objects of human concern…. There isn't a statesman, or philanthropist, or poet, or hero, or saint in the land, sir, that they would condescend to look at, when engaged in exploring the remains of some ignorant ass of the Stone Period. Edwin Percy Whipple
My grandmother was not a highly educated woman but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed. Andre Bauer
Relocating animals would be a major departure from the last half-century of conservation practice in the U. S. Kiera Butler
Although the practice of animal sacrifice may seem abhorrent to some, religious beliefs need not be acceptable, logical, consistent, or comprehensible to others in order to merit First Amendment protection. Anthony Kennedy
This statement of fact is an eloquent comment on the apathy with which many people regard the mental and physical health of the rising generation…A woman will lavish love and care, and attention on her pet cat or ‘prize’ poodle, and yet draw her skirts aside from the starving children in the gutter. The mew of the cat and the howl of the dog, to say nothing of the squeal of the ‘tortured rabbit’- that figment of anti-vivisectionist imagination- are far more potent to loosen the purse-strings of the sentimentalists than the wail of children. Victoria Woodhull
You only protect what you love, and you only love what you know. John James Audubon
Did it 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
The government protects corporations, not people and other animals. Ric O'Barry
There is no meaningful distinction between eating flesh and eating dairy or other animal products. Animals exploited in the dairy industry live longer than those used for meat, but they are treated worse during their lives, and they end up in the same slaughterhouse after which we consume their flesh anyway. There is probably more suffering in a glass of milk or an ice cream cone than there is in a steak. Gary L. Francione
Our forest policy is not to preserve forests because they are beautiful—though that is a good in itself—not to preserve them because they are refuges for wild creatures of the wilderness—though that is a good in itself—but rather to conserve them in order to guarantee a steady and continuous supply of timber, grass, and above all, water. Theodore Roosevelt
In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught. Baba Dioum
Cats are smarter than dogs. You can't get eight cats to pull a sled through snow. Jeff Valdez