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Why is Sentience Ignored

  • If you have some great quotes about animals and their welfare, please let us know. Some of the quotes below are garnered from NAVS (The National Anti-Vivisection Society). Just click to see a list of amazing animal quotes."
    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress, may be judged by the way its animals are treated.” - M. Gandhi “Renewable energy is homeland security.” “Lots of people talk to animals...Not very many listen, though...That’s the problem.” - Benjamin Hoff “Speak your mind even if your voice shakes.” “May the forest be with you!” “Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.” - Albert Schweitzer “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” - Dr. Martin Luther King “The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves.” - Jane Goodall ​“Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher be of service to them wherever they require it.” - St. Francis of Assisi “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.” - Alice Walker “Atrocities are no less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and are called research.” - George Bernard Shaw “How smart does a chimp have to be before killing him constitutes murder?” - Carl Sagan “If you talk to the animals, they will talk to you, and you will know each other. If you do not talk to them, you will not know them, and what you do not know you will fear. What one fears, one destroys.” - Chief Dan George Unless he extends the circle of compassion to all living creatures, man himself will not find peace.” - Albert Schweitzer “Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is - whether its victim is human or animal - we cannot expect much better in this world.” - Rachel Carson “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” - The Dalai Lama “We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals” - Immanual Kant ...”We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words” - Ann Sewell “I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.” - Abraham Lincoln “The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That’s the essence of inhumanity.” - George Bernard Shaw “All the arguments to prove man’s superiority cannot shatter this hard fact: in suffering, the animals are our equals.” - Peter Singer “May all that have life be delivered from suffering.” - Buddha “The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.” - Charles Darwin "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 “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.” - Leonardo da Vinci "It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English -- up to fifty words used in correct context -- no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese." -Carl Sagan “The highest realms of thought are impossible to reach without first attaining an understanding of compassion.” - Socrates “All beings tremble before violence. All fear death. All love life.” - Buddha "We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to help people understand that the animals are fellow creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves ... We know we cannot be kind to animals until we stop exploiting them – exploiting animals in the name of science, exploiting animals in the name of sport, exploiting animals in the name of fashion, and yes, exploiting animals in the name of food." - Cesar Chavez ​"For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners in the splendor and travail of the earth." - Henry Beston “If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.” - Albert Einstein "Humankind has not woven the web of life . We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect." -Chief Seattle (letter to President Franklin Pierce) "As long as there are slaughterhouses there will be battlefields" - Tolstoy "I care not for any man's religion, unless his dog is the better for it". -Abraham Lincoln "We're certainly a dominant species, but that's not the same as a keystone species. A keystone species is one that, when you remove it, the diversity collapses; we're a species that when you add us, the diversity collapses. We can change everything, dictate everything and destroy everything." -Michael Soule "We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate for having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein do we err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with the extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings: they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth." -Henry Beston
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