Ronnie Lee

'As racism stems from a hateful white supremacism, and sexism is the product of a bigoted male supremacism, so speciesism stems from and informs a violent human supremacism -- namely, the arrogant belief that humans have a natural or God-given right to use animals for any purpose they devise...'

'A Tale of Two Holocausts' 'We have been at war with the other creatures of this earth ever since the first human hunter set forth with spear into the primeval forest. Human imperialism has everywhere enslaved, oppressed, murdered, and mutilated the animal peoples. All around us lie the slave camps we have built for our fellow creatures, factory farms and vivisection laboratories, Dachaus and Buchenwalds for the conquered species. We slaughter animals for our food, force them to perform silly tricks for our delectation, gun them down and stick hooks in them in the name of sport. We have torn up the wild places where once they made their homes. Speciesism is more deeply entrenched within us even than sexism, and that is deep enough.'

 

Ronnie Lee is founder of the Animal Liberation Front, Journal for Critical Animal Studies, Volume V, Issue 2, 2007      

 

Alastair Pain

Agnostic is to atheist: as vegetarian is to vegan.

 

Richard Dawkins

"the Shifting Moral Zeitgeist... leads to an obvious next question. Whither the moral arc in future decades and centuries? Can you think of something we accept with equanimity in 2017 but future centuries will regard with the same revulsion as we, today, view the slave trade or the railway wagons bound for Belsen and Buchenwald? I don't think it requires much imagination to think of at least one candidate. Don't the Belsen-bound railway wagons come, unwelcome, to mind when you drive behind one of those closed-in trucks with bewildered, fearful eyes peering through the ventilator slats?"

From 'Science in the Soul', end of Ch 1.                                                                                                                                                                                  

Arthur Conan Doyle...                                                                                       

Lessons Learned, Lessons Lost.

                                                                                                         “At the moment our human world is based on the suffering and destruction of millions of non-humans. To perceive this and to do something to change it in personal and public ways is to undergo a change of perception akin to a religious conversion. Nothing can ever be seen in quite the same way again because once you have admitted the terror and pain of other species you will, unless you resist conversion, be always aware of the endless permutations of suffering that support our society."

 

William Ralph Inge  

"We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.".

 

William Ralph Inge was Deacon & Professor of Divinity. Cambridge 1860-1954

Albert Schweitzer

Commonalities of Oppression: “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 humankind.” 

 

Alice Walker

“The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.”

Gary Francione

"Finally, many people do not understand that Abolitionism, at least as I have developed that idea, involves Six Principles: Every sentient being has a right not to be used as property; Abolitionists should never promote welfare reform campaigns or single-issue campaigns (Principle 2); Abolitionists should promote veganism as a moral imperative (Principle 3); Sentience and no other cognitive characteristic is necessary to have the moral right not to be used exclusively as a resource; Abolitionist should reject all forms of discrimination–human and nonhuman (Principle 5); and Abolitionists should reject violence and promote nonviolence (Principle 6)."

“Veganism is about nonviolence. It is about not engaging in harm to other sentient beings; to oneself; and to the environment upon which all beings depend for life. In my view, the animal rights movement is, at its core, a movement about ending violence to all sentient beings. It is a movement that seeks fundamental justice for all. It is an emerging peace movement that does not stop at the arbitrary line that separates humans from nonhumans.”

“If you are not vegan, please consider going vegan. It’s a matter of nonviolence. Being vegan is your statement that you reject violence to other sentient beings, to yourself, and to the environment, on which all sentient beings depend.”   Gary Francione: www.abolitionistapproach.com/

 

Pythagoras (Around 550 B.C.)

 “As long as humanity continues to be the ruthless destroyer of other beings, we will never know health or peace. For as long as people massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, those who sow the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.”

Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991)

“What do they know—all these scholars, all these philosophers, all the leaders of the world? They have convinced themselves that man, the worst transgressor of all the species, is the crown of creation. All other creatures were created merely to provide him with food, pelts, to be tormented, exterminated. In relation to them, all people are Nazis; for the animals it is an eternal Treblinka.”~

Gary Yourofsky

"The problem is that humans have victimized animals to such a degree that they are not even considered victims. They are not even considered at all. They are nothing. They don't count; they don't matter; they're commodities like TV sets and cell phones. We have actually turned animals into inanimate objects - sandwiches and shoes."

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

“A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.”~ Leo Tolstoy 

 

Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991)

“In their behaviour towards creatures, all men were Nazis. The smugness with which man could do with other species as he pleased exemplified the most extreme racist theories, the principle that might is right.”

 

Cesar Chavez (1927-1993)

“Kindness and compassion towards all living beings is a mark of a civilized society. Racism, economic deprival, dog fighting and cock fighting, bullfighting and rodeos are all cut from the same defective fabric: violence. Only when we have become nonviolent towards all life will we have learned to live well ourselves.”

 

Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991)

“As long as people will shed the blood of innocent creatures, there can be no peace, no liberty, no harmony between people. Slaughter & justice cannot dwell together.”

 

Gary Yourofsky

"It is not your right—based on YOUR traditions, YOUR customs and YOUR

habits—to deny animals THEIR freedom so you can harm them, enslave them
and kill them. Thats not what rights are about. That's injustice. There
is no counter-argument to veganism. Accept it. Apologize for the way
you've been living. Make amends and move forward." 

Pythagoras (Around 550 B.C.)

“Men dig their graves with their own teeth, and die more by those instruments than by all weapons of their enemies.”

 

Ancient Chinese verse

For hundreds of thousands of years the stew in the pot
has brewed hatred and resentment that is difficult to stop.
If you wish to know why there are disasters of armies and weapons in the world.’
Listen to the piteous cries from the slaughterhouse at midnight.

 

Gary Yourofsky

"How would you feel, if the day that you were born, somebody else had
already planned the day of your execution?" Gary Yourofsky: www.adaptt.org/

 

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