If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.
Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.
When a man has pity on all living creatures then only is he noble.
The indifference, callousness and contempt that so many people exhibit toward animals is evil first because it results in great suffering in animals, and second because it results in an incalculably great impoverishment of the human spirit.
A good deed done to an animal is as meritorious as a good deed done to a human being, while an act of cruelty to an animal is a bad as an act of cruelty to a human being.
Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.
If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.
Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.
Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried 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.
Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures.
Humanity's true moral test, its fundamental test…consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals.
Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.
To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being.
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.
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.
Kindness and compassion towards all living things is a mark of a civilized society. Conversely, cruelty, whether it is directed against human beings or against animals, is not the exclusive province of any one culture or community of people.
If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.
Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself.
I think animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
Man is the only creature that consumes without producing
When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.
The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.
God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages.
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