How does humanity intend to solve differences among its own species when it cannot learn to make peace with other animals on earth? - Vegetarian Resource Group, What is Animal Rights?
Wisdom equals knowledge plus courage. You have to not only know what to do and when to do it, but you have to also be brave enough to follow through. - Jarod Kintz
The truth will set you free. But first it will piss you off. - Gloria Steinem
I also know that people get addicted to cheese and dairy products, so the shift to vegan from vegetarian can seem more difficult than the shift from omnivore to vegetarian....Our studies have also shown that chronic diseases like diabetes can be reversed through a vegan diet and people can come off the drugs which treat symptoms and not the cause of their disease. - Claudia Delman
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Power to the peaceful! - Michael Franti, vegan environmentalist, songwriter, recording artist
"...tell me why it's
kill in the name of the God you pray to..."
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. - Galileo Galilei (1564 - 1642)
When no longer "useful" for egg production, hens are violently packed into cages, loaded onto transport trucks, and shipped off to be slaughtered. - Action for Animals, Vegan Info
Ultimately, an unbiased observer of human behavior must conclude that most action is not shaped by theory, but rather theories are shaped to conform to actions we have no intention of changing. - Marjorie Spiegel, The Dreaded Comparison
When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that justifies it. - Frederic Bastiat (1801 - 1850)
It is a terrible thing that religious people today can be so indifferent to the cruelty of the farms, shrugging it off as so much secular, animal rights foolishness. They above all should hear the call to mercy. - Matthew Scully, Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy
Honey is a mix of regurgitated food and spit... Is there any other food that you would willingly eat that has been swallowed, vomited, mixed with spit, re chewed, swallowed and then regurgitated again? - Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati, Gentle World, 3 Reasons Not to Eat Honey
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Pigs, cows, and chickens are individuals with feelings - they experience love, happiness, loneliness, and fear, just as dogs, cats, and people do. - Happy Cow, Why Vegetarian?
A revolution is coming — a revolution which will be peaceful if we are wise enough; compassionate if we care enough; successful if we are fortunate enough — but a revolution which is coming whether we will it or not. We can affect its character; we cannot alter its inevitability. - John F. Kennedy, Profiles in Courage
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We have to be aggressive when those we stick up for have no voice.... I don't consider it radical to say cruelty is wrong and that animals should be respected.... I consider it radical to eat corpses, put electrodes in animals' heads, make elephants live in chains in the circus, and poison animals we consider a nuisance.... We wish to raise awareness, shake people out of their dirty, cruel habits, and facilitate a change to a cruelty-free world. - Ingrid Newkirk, President, PETA
After they had accustomed themselves at Rome to the spectacles of the slaughter of animals, they proceeded to those of the slaughter of men, to the gladiators. - Michel de Montaigne (1533 - 1592)
Peace is the only battle worth waging. - Albert Camus (1913 - 1960)
Nothing is more precious than peace. Nothing brings more happiness. Peace is the most basic starting point for the advancement of humankind. - Daisaku Ikeda (1928 - )
You may have guessed that "sentient" has something to do with the senses. The initial spelling "sent-" or "sens-" is often a giveaway for such a meaning. A "sentient" being is one who perceives and responds to sensations of whatever kind—sight, hearing, touch, taste, or smell. "Sentient" ultimately comes from the Latin verb "sentire," which means "to feel" or "to perceive" and is related to the noun "sensus," meaning "sense." A few related English words are "sentiment" and "sentimental," which have to do with emotions, and "sensual," which relates to more physical "sensations."
To close your eyes will not ease another's pain.
- Chinese Proverb
Factory farming is based on profit. Farmed animals are intensively confined to order to increase the yield of meat, eggs and milk. Money and profit are all that matters. Such procedures mean immense pain and stress for the animals as their lives are reduced to the level of objects in a factory. It is a GRAVE situation....If you don't think this is your problem, then you have a problem. If you do, then do something about it. >>Read More Here
Common sense tells us, and we know in our hearts, that our fellow animals have the same kind of feelings and desires that we do and that we should not kill and hurt others in order to eat them.
Take a quick look at 30 of the best reasons to go vegan.
A growing number of people are looking to "free range" as an alternative to factory farm poultry and eggs. "Free range" conveys a positive image of animals living outdoors as nature intended, but...that's not the way it is. Get the real scoop here.
Factory farming is an attitude that regards animals and the natural world merely as commodities to be exploited for profit. In animal agriculture, this attitude has led to institutionalized animal cruelty, massive environmental destruction and resource depletion, and animal and human health risks.
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We cannot justify treating any sentient nonhuman as our property, as our resource, as a thing that we can use and kill for our purposes.
- Gary Francione
There is absolutely no morally defensible distinction between flesh and other animal products, such as milk or cheese. Animals used in the dairy industry usually live longer and are treated as badly if not worse than their meat counterparts, and they all end up in the same slaughterhouse anyway. The meat and dairy industries are inextricably intertwined. As far as I am concerned, there is more suffering in a glass of milk than in a pound of steak, though I would not consume either. >>MORE
Recently born calves were dragged away from their mothers by workers. Although this is routinely done in the dairy industry, it is a source of intense anxiety and suffering for the cow and the calf. These individuals bond closely immediately after birth. >>MORE
USDA Inspector General audit reveals that beef containing dangerous pesticides, antibiotics, heavy metals, and other toxins is showing up on supermarket shelves because the government has neither set limits for the chemicals nor is it routinely testing for them. >> MORE
The man who kills the animals today is the man who kills the people who get in his way tomorrow.
- Dian Fossey (1932 - 1985)
(Dr. Fossey was an American zoologist and leading authority of the mountain gorilla. She observed eight gorilla groups in the mountain forests of Rwanda. She was brutally murdered in 1985 most likely by poachers. The case remains open.)
Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Connecting our everyday choices to the declining health of our eco-systems is as easy as 1-2-3...
It shouldn't shock anyone to learn that eating meat is bad for us in many ways. Based upon the higher prevalence of hypertension, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, gallstones, obesity, and food-borne illness among omnivores compared with vegetarians, the total direct medical costs in the United States attributable to meat consumption were estimated to be $30-60 billion a year. More simply: The risk of death by heart attack for average American male is 50%. For the average vegan: 4% . Moving right along...
The environmental impact of the meat industry is less obvious but no less destructive. "In the Amazon the cattle sector is the largest driver of rainforest destruction, accounting for 60 to 70 percent of deforestation," writes Nikolas Kozloff , author of the forthcoming No Rain in the Amazon: How South America's Climate Change Affects the Entire Planet. "To put it in concrete terms: every eighteen seconds on average one hectare of Amazon rainforest is being lost to cattle ranchers. As if the carbon emissions resulting from cattle deforestation were not enough, consider bovine methane emissions."
Author and radio talk show host Thom Hartmann adds: "The United States imports two hundred million pounds of beef every year from El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Panama--while the average citizen in those countries eats less meat each year than the average American house cat. This deforestation of Latin America for burgers is particularly distressing when you consider that this very fragile area contains 58% of the entire planet's rainforests. (19% are in Africa and 23% in Oceania and Southeast Asia)."
Why should anyone chowing down on a greasy cheeseburger deluxe in Peoria worry about 200,000 acres of rainforest being destroyed every 24 hours?