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"The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality." - Schopenhauer
"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 creatures that cannot."
- Mark Twain
"The squirrel you kill in jest, dies in earnest."
- Henry David Thoreau
"The human spirit is not dead. It lives on in secret ... It has come to believe that 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."
- Albert Schweitzer, Nobel Peace Prize Address
"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."
- Thomas A. Edison
"Because the heart beats under a covering of hair, of fur, feathers, or wings, it is, for that reason, to be of no account?" - Jean Paul Richter
"Deliberate cruelty to our defenseless and beautiful cousins is surely one of the meanest and most detestable vices of which a human being can be guilty." - William Ralph Inge
"Animals give me more pleasure through the viewfinder of a camera than they ever did in the crosshairs of a gunsight. And after I've finished "shooting," my unharmed victims are still around for others to enjoy. I have developed a deep respect for animals. I consider them fellow living creatures with certain rights that should not be violated any more than those of humans". - Jimmy Stewart
"If we cut up beasts simply because they cannot prevent us and because we are backing our own side in the struggle for existence, it is only logical to cut up imbeciles, criminals, enemies, or capitalists for the same reason."
- C.S. Lewis
"Whether hunting is right or wrong, a spiritual experience, or an outlet for the killer instinct, one thing is is not is a sport. Sport is when individuals or teams compete against each other under equal circumstances to determine who is better at a given game or endeavor. Hunting will be a sport when deer, elk, bears, and ducks are ... given 12-gauge shotguns. Bet we'd see a lot fewer drunk yahoos (live ones, anyway) in the woods if that happened."
- R. Lerner, letter, Sierra, March-April 1991
"If a group of beings from another planet were to land on Earth - beings who considered themselves as superior to you as you feel yourself to be to other animals - would you concede them the rights over you that you assume over other animals?"
- George Bernard Shaw
"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. All education should be directed toward the refinement of the individual's sensibilities in relation not only to one's fellow humans everywhere, but to all things whatsoever." - Ashley Montague
"The question is not, "Can they reason? nor, "Can they talk?" but rather, "Can they suffer?" - Jeremy Bentham