The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
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.
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.
Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened.
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.
Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.
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.
Animals are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time.
I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.
I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.
An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language.
The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.
You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.
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.
A human can be healthy without killing animals for food.
The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity.
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, 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 mankind.
Man is the only creature that consumes without producing
I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.