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.
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.
Humanity's true moral test, its fundamental test…consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals.
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.
I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.
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.
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.
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.
To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a 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.
Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the 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.
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.
Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened.
God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages.
I think animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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.
If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.
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.
Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.
Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to.
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