Animal Rights Quotes

The life spark in my eyes is in no way different than the life spark in the eyes of any other sentient being. 

Michael Stepaniak, quoted in Joanne Stepaniak, The Vegan Sourcebook, 1998

The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creatures that cannot.

Mark Twain, What Is Man, 1906

Those who wish to pet and baby wild animals “love” them.  But those who respect their natures and wish to let them live normal lives, love them more.

Edwin Way Teale, Circle of the Seasons, 1953

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, Oceana, 1886

If you love animals called pets, why do you eat animals called dinner?

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Wear your own skin.

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Because the heart beats under a covering of hair, of fur, feathers, or wings, it is, for that reason, to be of no account?

Jean Paul Richter

When it comes to having a central nervous system, and the ability to feel pain, hunger, and thirst, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy.

Ingrid Newkirk

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.

Schopenhauer

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, Novel Peace Prize address, “The Problem of Peace in the World Today”

I think animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.

Author Unknown

When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when the tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.

George Bernard Shaw

The basis of all animal rights should be the Golden Rule:  we should treat them as we would wish them to treat us, were any other species in our dominant position.

Christine Stevens

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