"My will contains directions for my funeral which will be followed not by mourning coaches but by oxen, sheep, flocks of poultry, and a small travelling aquarium of live fish, all wearing scarves in honour of the man who perished rather than eat his fellow-creatures. It will be, with the exception of Noah's Ark, the most remarkable thing of the kind ever seen."
George Bernard Shaw , London Daily Chronicle[ ]
"My mother was convinced, and on this head I have retained her firm belief, that to kill animals for the purpose of feeding on their flesh is one of the most deplorable and shameful infirmities of the human state; that it is one of those curses cast upon man either by his fall, or by the obduracy of his own perversity."alphonse de lamartine
"I am a vegetarian for health reasons - the health of the chicken."Isaac Bashevis Singer
"A dead cow or sheep lying in a pasture is recognized as carrion. The same sort of carcass dressed and hung up in a butchers stall passes as food."
"I'd rather see you drink a glass of wine than a glass of milk."jack la lanne
"My best performances were when I was 30 years old, and I was a vegan."carl lewis
"If we each had to butcher our own meat, there would be a great increase in the number of vegetarians."
"People of the future will say, “meat-eaters!” in disgust and regard us in the same way that we regard cannibals and cannibalism."
"Just as, in our days, exposure of children, combats of gladiators, torture of prisioners, and other atrocities are held to be scandalous and shameful, while in earlier times they were thought quite justifiable and right, so in the future will be the murder of animals, to feed upon their corpses, be pronounced to be immoral and indefensible."
"As I cannot kill, I cannot authorize others to kill. Do you see? If you are buying from a butcher you are authorizing him to kill – to kill helpless, dumb creatures which neither you nor I could kill ourselves."
"It is strange to hear people talk on humanitarianism, who are members of societies for prevention of cruelty to children and animals, and who claim to be God-loving men and women, but who, nevertheless, encourage by their patronage the killing of animals merely to gratify the cravings of appetite."
"Even if man were created a carnivorous animal, is there no way for him to outgrow it as he becomes more intelligent?"
"Only by discarding a diet based on rotting corpses could men become sane. ."
"It is frightful wrong that other species are tortured, worried, flayed, and devored by us, in spite of the fact that we are not obliged to this by necessity; while in sinning against the defenceless and helpless, just claimants as they are upon our reasonable conscience and upon our compassion, we succeed only in brutalising ourselves."
"I was in a sushi bar and it dawned on me – how could I discriminate between a cow and a fish?"
"We manage to swallow flesh, only because we do not think of the cruel and sinful thing we do."rabindranath tagore
"How can one, who eats the flesh of others to swell his flesh, show compassion?"
"Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace."Albert Schweitzer
"And before we judge of them too harshly we must remember what ruthless and utter destruction our own species has wrought, not only upon animals, such as the vanished bison and the dodo, but upon its inferior races. The Tasmanians, in spite of their human likeness, were entirely swept out of existence in a war of extermination waged by European immigrants, in the space of fifty years. Are we such apostles of mercy as to complain if the Martians warred in the same spirit?."H.G. Wells
"Everything of persecution and revenge between man and man, and everything of cruelty to animals is a violation of moral duty."thomas paine
"Many refined people will not kill a fly, but eat an ox."isaac leib peretz