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An Indian Hopi prayer from Arizona, USA:
"Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on the snow.
I am the sunlight on the ripened grain.
I am the gently Autumn's rain. When you awaken in the morning hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry:
I am not there, I did not die."
AR2005 Conference Pics
Every animal with legs deserves the right to run
Every animal with fins deserves the right to swim
And every animal with wings deserves the right to fly
Is that so radical?
Animals do not judge because of the colour and wanted to play with him
"Humans - who enslave, castrate, experiment on and fillet other animals - have an understandable penchant for pretending animals do not feel pain. A sharp distinction between humans and animals is essential if we are to bend them to our will, make them work for us, wear them and eat them without any disquieting tinges of guilt or regret. It is unseemly of us, who often behave so unfeeling toward other animals, to contend that only human animals can suffer. The behavior of other animals renders such pretensions specious." - Carl Sagan, "Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors"
"In the course of his development towards culture man acquired a dominating position over his fellow-creatures in the animal kingdom. Not content with this supremacy, however, he began to place a gulf between his nature and theirs. He denied the possession of reason to them, and to himself he attributed an immortal soul, and made claims to a divine descent which permitted him to annihilate the bond of community between him and the animal kingdom." - Sigmund Freud
There is no better way to serve the Creator than to be kind to His creatures." - Isaac Bashevis Singer
"As long as human beings will go on shedding the blood of animals, there will never be any peace. There is only one little step from killing animals to creating gas chambers la Hitler and concentration camps la Stalin. ... There will be no justice as long as man will stand with a knife or with a gun and destroy those who are weaker than he is." - Isaac Bashevis Singer
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated... I hold that, the more helpless a creature,the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man." - Mahatma Gandhi
"When a man has pity on all living creatures then only is he noble." - The Buddha (6th c. BCE)
The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for whites, or women for men." - Alice Walker, "The Color Purple"
"In a world older and more complete than ours, animals move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth." - Henry Beston, "A New Concept of Animal Cruelty"
"Cruelty to animals is one of the most significant vices of a low and ignoble people." - Alexander von Humboldt
"What matters today is not the difference between those who believe and those who don´t believe, but the difference between those who care and those who don´t care." - Brigitte Bardot
"There will come a day when such men as myself will view the slaughter of innocent creatures as horrible a crime as the murder of his fellow man - Our task must to be free ourselves - by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty." - Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing." - Albert Einstein
"Not to hurt our humble brethren (the animals) is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission - to be of service to them whenever they require it... If you have men who will exclude any of Gods creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men." - Francis of Assisi (1182-1226)
"It were much better that a sentient being should never have existed, than that it should have existed only to endure unmitigated misery... I wish no living thing to suffer pain." - Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)
Auschwitz begins wherever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks: theyre only animals. - Theodor Adorno
"We can destroy animals more easily than they can destroy us - and that is the only basis to our claim to being superior." - Bertrand Russell (Mortals and Others: Bertrand Russells American Essays, 1975)
"Man is a religious animal. He is the only religious animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion - several of them! He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself but cuts his throat if his theology isnt straight. He has made a graveyard of the globe in trying his honest best to smooth his brothers path to happiness and heaven...The higher animals have no religion. And we are told that they are going to be left out in the Hereafter. I wonder why? It seems questionable taste... Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it... It is just like mans vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions... 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 creature that cannot... I am not interested to know whether experimentation produces results that are profitable to the human race or doesnt...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... In studying the traits and dispositions of the so-called lower animals, and contrasting them with mans, I find the result humiliating to me." - Mark Twain (1835-1910).
"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." - Ron Lee
"True human goodness, in all its purity and freedom, can come to the fore only when its recipient has no power. Mankinds true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it." - Milan Kundera
"Let me say it openly: we are surrounded by an enterprise of degradation, cruelty, and killing which rivals anything the Third Reich was capable of, indeed dwarfs it, in that ours is an enterprise without end, self regenerating, bringing rabbits, rats, poultry, livestock ceaselessly into the world for the purpose of killing them." - J. M. Coetzee
"Take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." - Elie Wiesel
"Our grandchildren will ask us one day: Where were you during the Holocaust of the animals? What did you do against these horrifying crimes? We wont be able to offer the same excuse for the second time, that we didnt know." - Dr. Helmut Kaplan
"The time is always right to do what is right" - Martin Luther King,Jr.
"La conmiseracion con los animales está íntimamente ligada con la bondad de caracter, de tal suerte que se puede afirmar seguro que quien es cruel con los animales, no puede ser buena persona. Una compasion por todos los seres vivos es la prueba mas firme y segura de la conducta moral." - Arthur Schopenhauer
"I am a life form that wants to live, surrounded by life forms that want to live" - Albert Schweitzer
"The thinking man must oppose all cruel customs no matter how deeply rootedin tradition and surrounded by a halo. When we have a choice, we must avoid bringing torment and injury into the life of another, even the lowliest creature; to do so is to renounce our manhoodand shoulder a guilt which nothing justifies." - Albert Schweitzer
"As long as human beings will go on shedding the blood of animals, there will never be any peace. There is only one little step from killing animals to creating gas chambers a la Hitler and concentration camps a la Stalin. . . . There will be no justice as long as man will standwith a knife or with a gun and destroy those who are weaker than he is." - Isaac Bashevis Singer
"If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyonewould be vegetarian." - Paul and Linda McCartney, 1996
" When animals are no longer colonized and appropriated by us, we can reach out to our evolutionary cousins. Perhaps then the ancient hope for a deeper emotional connection across the species barrier,for closeness and participation in a realm of feelings now beyond our imagination, will be realized." - Jeffrey Masson
"We need a moral philosophy in which the concept of love, so rarely mentionednow by philosophers, can once again be made central." - Iris Murdoch
"Compassion in action may be the glorious possibility that could protect our crowded, polluted planet ..." - Victoria Moran
"The reasons for legal intervention in favor of children apply not less strongly to the case of those unfortunate slaves - the (other) animals" - John Stuart Mill
"If you can justify killing to eat meat, you can justify the conditions of the ghetto. I cannot justify either one." - Dick Gregory
"There is no fundamental difference between humans and the higher mammalsin their mental faculties" - Charles Darwin
"To describe an animal as a physico-chemical system of extreme complexityis no doubt perfectly correct, except that it misses out on the animalness of the animal." - E.F. Schumacher
"Humaneness is not a dead external precept, but a living impulse from within;not self-sacrifice, but self-fulfillment." - Henry Salt
"Until we establish a felt sense of kinship between our own species and those fellow mortals who share with us the sun and shadow of life on this agonized planet, there is nohope for other species, there is no hope for the environment, and there is no hope for ourselves." - Jon Wynne-Tyson
"If by some miracle in all our struggle the earth is spared from nuclear holocaust, only justice to every living thing will save humankind." - Alice Walker
"All the arguments to prove mans superiority cannot shatter this hard fact: in suffering, the animals are our equals." - Peter Singer
"In the relations of humans with the animals, with the flowers, with all the objects of creation, there is a whole great ethic scarcely seen as yet." - Victor Hugo
"The question is not, Can they reason? nor Can they talk? but Can they suffer?" - Jeremy Bentham
"The time will come when people such as I will look upon the murder of (other) animals as they no look upon the murder of human beings." - Leonardo da Vinci
"There is no religion without love, and people may talk as much as they like about their religion, but if it does not teach them to be good and kind to other animals as wellas humans, it is all a sham." - Anna Sewell
"The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That is the essence of inhumanity" - George Bernard Shaw
"I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being." - Abraham Lincoln