"Animals are God's creatures, not human property, nor utilities, nor resources, nor commodities, but precious beings in God's sight. ...
Christians whose eyes are fixed on the awfulness of crucifixion are in a special position to understand the awfulness of innocent suffering. The Cross of Christ is God's absolute identification with the weak, the powerless, and the vulnerable, but most of all with unprotected, undefended, innocent suffering."
--Rev. Andrew Linzey
"Cruelty has cursed the human family for countless ages. It is almost impossible for one to be cruel to animals and kind to humans.
If children are permitted to be cruel to their pets and other animals, they easily learn to get the same pleasure from the misery of fellow-humans.
Such tendencies can easily lead to crime."
--Fred A. McGrand
Hear our humble prayer, O God, for our friends the animals, especially for animals who are suffering; for animals that are overworked, underfed and cruelly treated; for all wistful creatures in captivity that beat their wings against bars; for any that are hunted or lost or deserted or frightened or hungry; for all that must be put death.
We entreat for them all Thy mercy and pity, and for those who deal with them we ask a heart of compassion and gentle hands and kindly words.
Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to animals, and so to share the blessings of the merciful.
- Albert Schweitzer
"We consume the carcasses of creatures of like appetites, passions and organs as our own, and fill the slaughterhouses daily with screams of pain
and fear." Robert Louis Stevenson
"Until we extend our circle of compassion to include every living creature we cannot enjoy 'World PEACE'."
"'Thou shalt not kill' does not apply to murder of one's own kind only, but to all living beings and this commandment was inscribed in the human breast long before it was proclaimed from Sinai."
"We should be able to refuse to live if the price of living be the torture of sentient beings."
"Non-violence and kindness to living beings is kindness to oneself. For thereby one's own self is saved from various kinds of sins and resultant sufferings and is able to secure his own welfare."
"Let us pray that our food should not be colored with animal blood and human suffering."
"The highest religion is to rise to universal brotherhood; and to consider all creatures your equals."
"Sympathy for the lowest animals is one of the noblest virtues with which man is endowed."
Charles Robert Darwin
"Cruelty is the obvious cancer of modern civilization."
Rev. A.D. Beldon
"Anything that can feel pain should not be put to pain."
~ R.M. Dolgin
"Which religion gives the greatest joy to God?
That which inspires human beings to practice Ahimsa and compassion to all creatures."
"Animals cannot speak, but can you and I not speak for them and represent them? Let us all feel their cry of agony and let us all help that cry to be heard in the world."
Rukmini Devi Arundale
"No nation is truly free until the animal; man's younger brother is free and happy."
The following quotes are contained in "Reflections" by Akbarali Jetha
"Strange, that man should attribute cannibalism only to those, who eat the flesh of their own kind."
"Slaughter of animals for food can exist only in a barbaric society."
"Is there any difference between Hitler's camp and our slaughter-houses?"
"Our diet should be based on harmlessness."
"In war we do not eat what we kill, lest it should be considered barbarous."
"What higher honour can God bestow upon us, than to create amongst us such harmless creatures as ants."
"We have built slaughter houses for animals and hospitals for ourselves."
"A change in our diet could change our destiny."
The diet can reveal much of a man's personality."
"Disease is due to lack of awareness whereas ageing is due to our faulty diet."
"The incidence of disease has increased in proportion to the progress of science."
"Our children inherit not only our wealth, but also to an extent, our values and our health."
"There can never be peace and happiness in the world so long as we exploit other living creatures for food or otherwise."
"Other creatures kill mainly for survival whereas we kill mainly for self-gratification."
"Man - the carnivore is capable of anything."
"Our worth should be measured by our values and our health."
"From purity comes energy and from energy comes health."
"We may be living longer, but not healthier."
"Not a single war has been fought by vegetarians."
"Many people are vegetarian by birth, but few-by conviction."
"Man seems to know what is best for all, even what is good for a cat; he feeds it with milk and fish-the very food that it could not have had access to, otherwise."