Quotes: On Animals

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“Lots of people talk to animals. Not very many listen, though. That’s the problem.”
–Benjamin Hoff

“Hunting is not a sport. In a sport, both sides know they’re in the game.”
–Paul Rodriguez

“No one in this world needs a mink coat but a mink.”
–Author Unknown

“It is ignorance (and too much confidence) that makes us kill what we do not know.”

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. I hold that the weaker the animal, the more it needs protection of man, from the cruelties of man.”
–Mahatma Gandhi

“Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creature is amusing in itself.”
–James A. Froude

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

 Question: Why do you spend so much time and money talking about kindness to animals when there’s so much cruelty to men?

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”
-Anatole France

“Just because an animal is large, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t want kindness.”

“For me, no matter how nice you seem, if you don’t care a bit for animals, you are not nice enough.”
-Paula Peralejo

“Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals, and the answer is: Because the animals are like us. Ask the experimenters why it’s morally okay to experiment on animals, and the answer is: Because the animals are not like us. Animal experimentation rests on a logical contradiction.”
-Charles R. Magel

“God loved the birds and invented trees.  Man loved the birds and invented cages.”
-Jacques Deval, Afin de vivre bel et bien

“The question is not, “Can they reason?” nor “Can they talk?” but rather, “Can they suffer?”
-Jeremy Bentham

“Cruelty is one fashion statement we can all do without.”
-Rue Mclanahan

“Why should man expect his prayer for mercy to be heard by what is above him when he shows no mercy to what is under him?”
-Pierre Troubetzkoy

“Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals, and the answer is:  “Because the animals are like us.”  Ask the experimenters why it is morally okay to experiment on animals, and the answer is:  “Because the animals are not like us.”  Animal experimentation rests on a logical contradiction.”
-Charles R. Magel

“God loved the birds and invented trees.  Man loved the birds and invented cages.”
-Jacques Deval, Afin de vivre bel et bien

“Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.”
-George Eliot

“If we treated everyone we meet with the same affection we bestow upon our favorite cat, they too, would purr.”
-Martin Delany

 “Animals are my friends, and I don’t eat my friends.”
-George Bernard Shaw

“Cats always know whether people like them or dislike them; they always do not care enough to do anything about it.”
-Winifred Carriere

“Men: the only animals in the world to fear.”
-D.H. Lawrence

“Animals have much nicer souls. They never tell lies or blow anybody up.”
-Henry, The Time Traveler’s Wife

“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, Animal Farm

“I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls.  They always say because it’s such a beautiful animal.  There you go.  I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her.”
-Ellen DeGeneres

“When a man wantonly destroys one of the works of man we call him a vandal.  When he destroys one of the works of god we call him a sportsman.”
-Joseph Wood Krutch

“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

“Life is life – whether in a cat, or dog or man.  There is no difference there between a cat or a man.  The idea of difference is a human conception for man’s own advantage.”
-Sri Aurobindo

“When I was twelve, I went hunting with my father and we shot a bird.  He was laying there and something struck me.  Why do we call this fun to kill this creature [who] was as happy as I was when I woke up this morning.”
-Marv Levy

“Animals can communicate quite well.  And they do.  And generally speaking, they are ignored.”
-Alice Walker

Lisa:  “Do we have any food that wasn’t brutally slaughtered?”
Homer:  “Well, I think the veal died of loneliness.”
~Matt Groening, The Simpsons

“In an earlier stage of our development most human groups held to a tribal ethic.  Members of the tribe were protected, but people of other tribes could be robbed or killed as one pleased.  Gradually the circle of protection expanded, but as recently as 150 years ago we did not include blacks.  So African human beings could be captured, shipped to America and sold.  In Australia white settlers regarded Aborigines as a pest and hunted them down, much as kangaroos are hunted down today.  Just as we have progressed beyond the blatantly racist ethic of the era of slavery and colonialism, so we must now progress beyond the speciesist ethic of the era of factory farming, of the use of animals as mere research tools, of whaling, seal hunting, kangaroo slaughter and the destruction of wilderness.  We must take the final step in expanding the circle of ethics.”
-Pete Singer

“Get a feel for fur:  Slam your fingers in a car door.”
Anonymous, on the use of steel traps to capture fur-bearing animals, cited in Audubon, November 1990

“It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals; let them make their experiments on journalists and politicians.”
-Henrik Ibsen

“I believe in animal rights, and high among them is the right to the gentle stroke of a human hand.”
-Robert Brault

“Whether hunting is right or wrong, a spiritual experience, or an outlet for the killer instinct, one thing it is not is a sport.  Sport is when individuals or teams compete against each other under equal circumstances to determine who is better at a given game or endeavor.  Hunting will be a sport when deer, elk, bears, and ducks are… given 12-gauge shotguns.  Bet we’d see a lot fewer drunk yahoos (live ones, anyway) in the woods if that happened.”
-R. Lerner, letter, Sierra, March-April 1991

“If a rabbit defined intelligence the way man does, then the most intelligent animal would be a rabbit, followed by the animal most willing to obey the commands of a rabbit.”
-Robert Brault

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

“The indifference, callousness and contempt that so many people exhibit toward animals is evil first because it results in great suffering in animals, and second because it results in an incalculably great impoverishment of the human spirit.  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 things whatsoever.”
-Ashley Montague

“The well-being of humans is dependent upon the ecological soundness and health of many plant and animal communities, while their soundness does not in the least depend upon human well-being. Indeed, from their standpoint, the very existence of humans is quite unncessary. On the contrary, many of them would be greatly benefited.”
-Paul Taylor, Biocentric Egalitarianism

“Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.”
-Ann Landers

“There are two things for which animals are to be envied: they know nothing of future evils, or of what people say about them.”

“We hope that, when insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on our picnics.”
-Bill Vaughan

“If an animals does something, we call it instinct; if we do the same thing for the same reason, we call it intelligence.”
-Willy Cuppy

“If you think dogs can’t count, try keeping three cookies in your pocket, and giving your dog only 2.”


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