Dr. Jonathan Balcombe - Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine Member and Author, presents to EVEN, "Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good"
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. - Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 - 1968)
The excuse or toleration of cruelty upon any living creature by a woman is a deadly sin against the grandest force in nature---maternal love. In not a single instance known to science has the cure of any human disease resulted necessarily from this fallacious method of research. - Elizabeth Blackwell, M.D., (1821 - 1910) (On January 11, 1849, she became the first woman to earn a medical degree in the United States, and graduated first in her class. Her sister Emily was the second woman graduate in medicine.)
I'm a vegetarian. I don't eat animals, so I won't wear them. - Leona Lewis
Heaven goes by favour. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in... man is the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be pain. - Mark Twain, American Author and Humorist (1835 - 1910)
I am not interested to know whether vivisection produces results that are profitable to the human race or doesn't...The pain which it inflicts upon unconsenting animals is the basis of my enmity toward it, and it is to me sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further - Mark Twain
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 (1864 - 1936)
A Robin Redbreast in a cage puts all Heaven in a Rage - William Blake (1757 - 1827)
Every animal knows more than you do. - Native American Proverb
I feel very sorry for women who continue to purchase real fur coats. They are lacking in a woman's most important requisites, heart and sensitivity. - Jayne Meadows, Actress (1920 - )
The Goddess of mercy has a thousand hands---and needs them all. - Japanese Proverb
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Surely if corporations are granted 'personhood' then our animal friends deserve the same. - Tony Kanal, vegan and bassist for American rock band No Doubt
Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity; and fashion will drive them to acquire any custom. -
George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950
I felt the commandment 'Thou Shalt Not Kill' applied to human beings not only in their dealings with each other—war, lynching, assassination, murder and the like—but in their practice of killing animals for food and sport. Animals and humans suffer and die alike. Violence causes the same pain, the same spilling of blood, the same stench of death, the same arrogant, cruel and brutal taking of life. - Dick Gregory, Callus on My Soul [Dick Gregory inspired Coretta Scott King and her son, Dexter, to become vegan.]
No one in the world needs a mink coat but a mink. - Murray Banks, Motivational Speaker
We have a choice to use the gift of our lives to make the world a better place. - Dr. Jane Goodall
Should reverence for life be a priority in our lives? ... Each day around the world, humans display supreme arrogance by ordering the death of other creatures for convenience, for progress or for sport.
- Jackie Alan Giuliano, Ph.D., Writer, Teacher, Author
Killing an animal to make a coat is a sin. It wasn't meant to be and we have no right to do it. A woman gains status when she refuses to see anything killed to be put on her back. Then she's truly beautiful! -
Doris Day (1922- )
Fur used to turn heads, now it turns stomachs. - Rue McClanahan (1934 - 2010)
It seems to me of great importance to teach children respect for life. Towards this end, experiments on living animals in classrooms should be stopped. To encourage cruelty in the name of science can only destroy the finer emotions of affection and sympathy, and breed an unfeeling callousness in the young towards suffering in all living creatures.
- Eleanor Roosevelt, Former First Lady of the US
(1884 - 1962)
I'd like to see animals removed from the entertainment business. Chimpanzees and apes won't perform unless you beat them. Circuses keep elephants in chains 90 percent of the time. Elephants need freedom of movement. In circuses, they live in cramped quarters, which is not the life intended for them by nature. Some are beaten daily, forced to do ridiculous tricks and robbed of every shred of dignity. - Bob Barker
Bears, elephants, tigers, and other animals do not voluntarily ride bicycles, stand on their heads, balance on balls, or jump through rings of fire. They don't perform these and other difficult tricks because they want to; they perform them because they're afraid of what will happen if they don't. >> MORE
[Animals] are trained with physical punishment: bullhooks, whips, electrical prods and other devices are routinely used to inflict pain and fear to force the elephants, tigers and other animals to perform.
Read >> MORE on animal cruelty issues and what you can do.
"They are our closest living relatives. And they are being driven to the very brink of extinction by humans who think of them as food instead of friends.
"They" are chimpanzees, who share 98% of our genetic heritage and many of the characteristics that we think of as human. As a primate biologist who has spent more than 40 years studying these remarkable animals, I have seen them from strong family bonds where big sisters "adopt" younger siblings after the death of a mother,. I have seen them laugh and play, nurture and teach their young and display a wide range of emotions—including profound grief over the death of a family member.
But these qualities don't protect chimpanzees from greed, inhumanity and the desperate conditions that drive people to hunt them.
They and other endangered species are targets of the bushmeat trade—the hunting of wild animals to supply the growing demand for wild meat. This appalling practice is not driven by the need to feed starving local people or bring them a better way of life. Instead, this meat ends up in city markets and expensive restaurants throughout Equatorial Africa.
And if you think that the bushmeat trade begins and ends in Africa, think again. "Delicacies" like gorilla hands also find their way to tables of the wealthy in Europe and the United States. To some, it is considered a status symbol. I consider it a crime." Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, UN Messenger of Peace http://www.janegoodall.org/
Source: The Jane Goodall Institute - Founded by renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, JGI is a global nonprofit that empowers people to make a difference for all living things. We are creating healthy ecosystems, promoting sustainable livelihoods and nurturing new generations of committed, active citizens around the world.
Although we don't interact with fish enough to realize it, studies prove that fish are smart, interesting animals with their own unique personalities---just like the dogs and cats we share our homes with. And, of course, fish have the same capacity to feel pain as do mammals and birds.
"I wouldn't eat a grouper any more than I'd eat a cocker spaniel. They're so good-natured, so curious. You know, fish are sensitive, they have personalities, they hurt when they're wounded."
Dr. Sylvia Earle, one of the world's foremost marine biologists
If You Wouldn't Eat Your Dog...
Although we don't interact with fish enough to realize it, studies prove that fish are smart, interesting animals with their own unique personalities---just like the dogs and cats we share our homes with. And, of course, fish have the same capacity to feel pain as go mammals and birds.
Fish Are Smart...
Biologist Culum Brown, PhD, says, "Fish are more intelligent than they appear. In many areas, such as memory, their cognitive powers match or exceed those of 'higher' vertebrates, including non-human primates."
Eating Fish Supports Cruelty to Animals...
Fish are intelligent animals who feel pain just as we do. Eating them is bad for our health (Seafood is the number one cause of food poisoning in the United States.) and supports cruelty to animals. Visit www.FishingHurts.com to learn fish-free recipes and find out what else you can do to help fish.
A cow can live 20-25 years, but a typical factory-farmed cow is "used up" and slaughtered in 4 years. For Benjamin, a rescued calf who now lives happily at a sanctuary, his life would probably have lasted about four months and his skin would have been used to make gloves and shoes. Source: PETA
Do you know how pigs in the U.S. live their lives?
In the U.S., more than 97% of pigs—smart, social, interesting animals—are raised on factory farms. They spend their entire lives in cramped, filthy warehouses, where they never see the sun or breathe fresh air. Because of their hideous living conditions, more than 70 percent of the pigs have pneumonia by the time they are kicked and prodded onto trucks bound for slaughterhouses. As piglets, they are ripped away from their mothers when they are less than 1 month old and dosed with antibiotics, and they have their tails, teeth, and testicles cut off—all without any pain relief. But even that's not all that they go through.
Breeding sows are imprisoned (there's really no other word for it) in metal gestation crates so small that they can't even turn around or take a single step—many develop painful sores and bruises from being immobilized on a hard surface. Shortly after giving birth, they are forcibly impregnated again. This cycle continues for years until their bodies finally give out and the animals are sent to slaughter. After enduring these hellish conditions for years, squealing pigs are poked, kicked, and dragged onto trucks so that they can be sent to slaughter.
It doesn't have to be this way.
The Hidden Lives of Pigs
Source: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
We understand that you probably care about the treatment of animals. However, each year more than 40 million animals are killed in the name of "fashion" for fur coats and trim. These animals are either raised on crowded, filthy fur farms where cruelty is the norm, or trapped in the wild using inhumane and indiscriminate devices such as steel-jaw leg hold traps and strangulation neck snares. Every one of these animals died in a violent death through anal electrocution, gassing, neck breaking, drowning, clubbing, and/or strangulation. Like you and I, animals feel pain. Just by wearing fur, you promote cruelty. Please. Choose compassion. Don't wear fur.
Number of animals used to make an average length fur coat:
Source: Animal Protection Institute
First it's important for me to say I'm not perfect and that for me, it is about the principle. Sustainability is important, recycling is important. I think it is a mind-set: everyone can do really simple things to make a difference, every little bit counts and there is still a long way to go. My first job is to be a fashion designer — my first job is to make desirable, luxurious, beautiful clothing and accessories that women want to buy but I will always take the opportunity to use a beautiful organic fabric. I obviously don't use any animal skins or furs in my collections which has a huge impact on the planet. About fifty million animals die for the sake of fashion ever year, which is extremely wasteful and significantly contributes to climate change as farming uses a lot of water, energy and land, devastates forests and pollutes oceans. - Stella McCartney on her commitment to the earth when designing clothing. [Source: Fabsugar]
Every year, millions of animals are trapped, mostly to feed the international fur market. But indiscriminate and cruel traps also trap and kill "non-target" animals like dogs, cats, and even endangered species.
Top Five Reasons to Ban Cruel Traps Now:
Also, a Conibear trap consists of two metal frames hinged at the center and powered by two torsion springs to create a scissor-like action. The traps are supposed to kill animals instantly by snapping the spinal column at the base of the neck, applying more than 90 pounds of pressure per square inch. However, these traps often miss the spot vital for a quick kill, leaving animals to die a slow, agonizing death.
Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute www.bornfreeusa.org