Veg Quotes

It used to be if a bird had a severe contamination, you condemned the sucker. But nowadays my own supervising inspector says, “There can be no more bad birds on your tally. You’ve had to many.”

— A seven year poultry inspector

I am not a vegetarian because I love animals; I am a vegetarian because I hate plants.

— A. Whitney Brown

Therefore a person fully absorbed in the bodily concept of life is surely killing himself by not making spiritual progress. Such a person is called pasu-ghna. Especially excluded from spiritual life are the animal hunters, who are not interested in hearing and chanting the holy name of the Lord. Such hunters are always unhappy, both in this life and in the next. It is therefore said that a hunter should neither die nor live because for such persons both living and dying are troublesome.

— A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

He who harms animals has not understood or renounced deeds of sin… Those whose minds are at peace and who are free from passions do not desire to live at the expense of others.

— Acharanga Sutra

Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.

— Albert Einstein

It is the fate of every truth to be an object of ridicule when it is first acclaimed. It was once considered foolish to suppose that black men were really human beings and ought to be treated as such. What was once foolish has now become a recognized truth. Today it is considered as exaggeration to proclaim constant respect for every form of life as being the serious demand of a rational ethic. But the time is coming when people will be amazed that the human race existed so long before it recognized that thoughtless injury to life is incompatible with real ethics. Ethics is in its unqualified form extended responsibility to everything that has life.

— Albert Schweitzer

The thinking man must oppose all cruel customs no matter how deeply rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo. When we have a choice, we must avoid bringing torment and injury into the life of another, even the lowliest creature; to do so is to renounce our manhood and shoulder a guilt which nothing justifies.

— Albert Schweitzer

All those animals live a pretty dreary life, then they get chopped up and put on a griddle.

— Alec Baldwin

My respect and empathy towards animals includes sea dwellers too–from dolphins to fish to lobsters. So, of course, I wouldn’t dream of eating them.

— Alexandra Paul

Cruelty to animals can become violence to humans.

— Ali MacGraw

I did it for political, moral reasons, thinking that I was making this great sacrifice, but it was absolutely necessary; I was not going to contribute to the violence in the world anymore.

— Alicia Silverstone

Once people spend time with farm animals in a loving way … a pig or cow or a little chicken or a turkey, they might find they relate with them the same way they relate with dogs and cats. People don’t really think of them that way because they’re on the plate. Why should they be food when other animals are pets? I would never eat my doggies.

— Alicia Silverstone

Animals are being exploited in such an unbelievable way; it’s not acceptable. PETA is trying to get your attention, and they’re successful at it. … If you talk to people who grew up on a farm, they’ll tell you that they had an experience where they were taking care of a cow, and one day their parents took it away and killed it. It’s a torturous experience for them, and that’s when they became hard. People are taught to be grown-up or whatever, and that’s dumb. That bond they had with that cow or chicken was real.

— Alicia Silverstone

Nothing’s changed my life more. I feel better about myself as a person, being conscious and responsible for my actions and I lost weight and my skin cleared up and I got bright eyes and I just became stronger and healthier and happier. Can’t think of anything better in the world to be but be vegan.

— Alicia Silverstone

Not that I say,”Oh,I’m not going to associate with certain people.,” but I have my world,and I only want to be around people who I feel stimulated by. I have to be honest I do have a new quest: I want to meet more vegetarians,people who are more like minded. There’s something real neat about that feeling. It makes you feel so settled to know there’s somebody else sitting right there,being so passionate about what i’m passionate about. I don’t want to be around selfish people. I try to keep myself surrounded by deep people who will move me.

— Alicia Silverstone

We always had dogs,so I understood all the joy and the love animals are capable of giving. It’s crazy to me that some people have dogs in thier homes, but they treat them more like furniture.

— Alicia Silverstone

I know what it feels like to be hurt,and I don’t want to cause that pain to any other person or creature. But somehow, in society, we numb ourselves in order to make money or to feel better about ourselves, such as with cosmetics or food. We say to ourselves, I’m going to use this animal. I’m going to say it doesn’t have much worth so that I can allow myself to do these cruel things. And that just isn’t fair.

— Alicia Silverstone

I don’t have any understanding of a human being who doesn’t respect the beauty of life and that goes for all creatures that have thoughts,feelings and needs.

— Alicia Silverstone

Prince Charming is very nice and very honest and very confident in who he is and funny and knows how to have a kick-ass fun time. Is willing to melt away so that nothing else exists in the world except himself and his princess and loves food and cats and every life form except human beings which is not necessary.

— Alicia Silverstone

I turned vegetarian after 9/11. A friend of mine came back from New York and said that he couldn’t stand the smell of burnt flesh. It immediately reminded me of a barbecue.

— Alyssa Milano

Right afterward I read Fast Food Nation. That book changed my life: It made me a vegetarian.

— Amber Tamblyn

Vegetarianism is a way of living consciously on the planet.

— Amy Smart

I admit to having worn suede and leather pants myself for a while, but you just never feel clean, and it’s degenerate, anyway, to wear animal skins…. So I went back to bluejeans after my degenerate period.

— Andy Warhol

Yes, sometimes unusual things happen after a switch to a vegetarian diet. I’ve seen a number of cases in which the poor people broke out in violent attacks of good health,followed by bouts of physical exercise and sweet thoughts.

— Anonymous

Kids nowadays…tend to go overboard [on] protein — something I believe to be totally unnecsssary…[I state in] my formula for basic good eating: Eat about one gram of protein for every two pounds of body weight.

— Arnold Schwarzenegger

It is a surprisingly close progression from hunting animals to hunting and torturing people.. catching and lynching blacks or smoking out Jews during the Holocaust.

— Aviva Cantor, MS Magazine

I’m on a vegan diet, I do yoga every day, I work out, I’m totally spiritual …

— Avril Lavigne

The cruel wild beast is not behind the bars of the cage. He stands in front of it.

— Axel Munthe

Many years ago, I was in a Broadway show and I had to wear a fox fur around my shoulders. One day my hand touched one of the fox’s legs. It seemed to be in two pieces. Then it dawned on me…. her leg had probally been snapped in two by the steel trap that had caught it.

— Bea Arthur

I was watching an HBO special on eating habits and different cultures, and they showed in China how people eat cats, and I’m really fond of cats, and I happened to be sitting on the couch with my cat, and once I saw that, it just put everything in perspective. If I wouldn’t eat my cat what’s the difference [between] eating a cat or a cow? If certain animals are considered lesser than, so are certain people and that’s not really fair. And the root of that is to consider life on equal terms across the board.

— Ben Kenney

One is dearest to God who has no enemies among the living beings, who is nonviolent to all creatures.

— Bhagavad Gita

I’d like to see animals removed from the entertainment business. Chimpanzees and apes won’t perform unless you beat them. Circuses keep elephants in chains 90 percent of the time. Elephants need freedom of movement. In circuses, they live in cramped quarters, which is not the life intended for them by nature. Some are beaten daily, forced to do ridiculous tricks and robbed of every shred of dignity.

— Bob Barker

I’m 23 now, and I’ve grown into this woman. I feel sexy and more mature. I wanted these inside changes to be reflected in both my look and music. I am a vegan now, and it was a conscious decision. I studied a lot about African culture and health and the best way to take care of the body. I really wanted to be healthy. At first I was just trying to challenge myself; I thought it was a phase and that I would grow out of it, but it wasn’t. I found out a lot about the body and what [hormones] they put in meat. My taste buds started changing, and I didn’t crave [meat and dairy products] anymore.

— Brandy

I would expect an extremely high percentage of the chickens would test positive. Our poultry industry clients wouldn’t like that.

— Brian Shelton, Pathogen Control

The person who kills for fun is announcing that, could he get away with it, he’d kill you for fun. Your…life may be of no consequence to anyone else but is invaluable to you because it’s the only one you’ve got. Exactly the same is true of each individual deer, hare, rabbit, fox, fish, pheasant and butterfly. Humans should enjoy their own lives, not taking others’.

— Brigid Brophy

To become vegetarian is to step into the stream which leads to nirvana.

— Buddha

May all that have life be delivered from suffering.

— Buddha

It’s sad. That’s a living creature. We don’t have the right to take thier life away for fashion.

— Carmen Electra

I quit eating beef when I was somewhere between 10 and 13 because we do have cows and I did bottle feed them and stuff like that. They were like my pets. I had an incident one day that made me refuse to eat beef ever, ever again. Later on, my neighbor had pigs, and I thought they were cute, and it just kind of went on and on from there. I phased it out over a period of time. My parents were actually banding calves. I don’t know if you know what that means. I’m not going to explain it to you. … Basically, it was to make them grow bigger so people could eat them, and they were so cute, and it just made me sad.

— Carrie Underwood

I abhor vivisection. It should at least be curbed. Better, it should be abolished. I know of no achievement through vivisection, no scientific discovery, that could not have been obtained without such barbarism and cruelty. The whole thing is evil.

— Charles Mayo (founder of the Mayo Clinic)

We don’t live the lives of Eskimos. We don’t need to kill animals for fashion.

— Charlize Theron

You know, we all oppose animal cruelty. But sometimes we forget that animals on farms suffer and feel pain like all other animals. They, too, deserve to be protected from harm and cruelty.

— Charlotte Ross

I’m a big health food freak and a vegetarian devotee.

— Chelsea Clinton

Would you like to go to pasture with a chicken,cut him up, then drop him into a fresh manure pile, and eat him? That’s what the project is like coming from chicken plants today.

— Chicken Inspector

I had bought two male chimps from a primate colony in Holland. They lived next to each other in separate cages for several months before I used one as a [heart] donor. When we put him to sleep in his cage in preparation for the operation, he chattered and cried incessantly. We attached no significance to this, but it must have made a great impression on his companion, for when we removed the body to the operating room, the other chimp wept bitterly and was inconsolable for days. The incident made a deep impression on me. I vowed never again to experiment with such sensitive creatures.

— Christian Barnard (surgeon)

I became very critical of zoos and circuses and keeping animals in captivity. I wish it was against the law.

— Christopher Walken

I take vitamins daily, but just the bare essentials not what you’d call supplements. I try to stick to a vegan diet heavy on fruit, vegetables, tofu, and other soy products.

— Clint Eastwood

I am an avid supporter of PETA and all animals as well as animal rights programs.

— Corey Feldman

Maybe the world would be better if people didn’t hate so much and kill animals.

— Craig Nicholls of the Vines

Why not just put sterilization hormones in the deer food rather than killing them?

— Dan Ryan, Youngstown talk show host

I know hundreds of people who have spent years and thousands of dollars on tests looking for ulcers or spastic bowels. I tell them to lay off all dairy products for two weeks. The results are usually so striking that it changes thier lives.

— David Jacobs

Some people are still going to want to eat meat.. we do agree though that vegetarianism is a healthier diet.

— David Stroud of the American Meat Institute

I don’t understand why asking people to eat a well-balanced vegetarian diet is considered drastic, while it is medically conservative to cut people open and put them on cholesterol-lowering drugs for the rest of their lives.

— Dean Ornish, MD

40 years ago on the set of Gunsmoke I read the book The Holy Science. Since then I have not eaten meat.

— Dennis Weaver

I think there will come a time, and this is down the road a great many years, when civilized people will look back in horror on our generation and the ones that have preceded it: the idea that we should eat other living things running around on four legs, that we should raise them just for the purpose of killing them! The people of the
future will say, ‘meat-eaters!’ in disgust and regard us in the same way that we regard cannibals and cannibalism.

— Dennis Weaver

I became a vegetarian in 1958 and it was very difficult in those days to really maintain that because there weren’t many options… alternatives. But, now, it’s a growing trend because… the economics are there. See, there’s simply enough people demanding it that it’s profitable to supply vegetarians with those products.

— Dennis Weaver

I sometimes think, would I drink the milk from the breast of a woman I don’t know? No. So I think, why would I drink it from a cow.

— Devon Aoki

I decline to go fox hunting (nor did she want her sons William and Harry to be involved in hunting).

— Diana, Princess of Wales

The USDA recommendation of 2 servings of meat per day seems like too much.

— Diane Rehm, First Lady of Broadcasting

Martin Luther King taught us all nonviolence. I was told to extend nonviolence to the mother and her calf.

— Dick Gregory

According to the group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, fish have feelings too. Whenever my sons go fishing they always tell me, “Dad it doesn’t hurt a fish to get hooked.” Well I watch and I see and I believe it’s painful for the fish.

— Donald Trump

Killing an animal to make a coat is sin. It wasn’t meant to be, and we have no right to do it. A woman gains status when she refuses to see anything killed to be put on her back. Then she’s truly beautiful.

— Doris Day

I have witnessed and tended to calves in rodeos who became paralyzed and whose tracheas were totally or partially severed. Slamming them to the ground has caused rupture of several internal organs leading to a slow and agonizing death.

— Dr. E.J. Finocchino

More and more we realize that vegetarian diet is a good idea

— Dr. Edward Martin, head of Dept. of Defense Health

Excessive animal protein is at the core of many chronic diseases.

— Dr.Campbell

There is strong medical evidence that complete freedom from eating animal flesh or cow’s milk products is a gateway to optimal nutritional health.

— Dr.Klaper

The person who is afraid to alter his living habits,and especially his eating and drinking habits, because he is afraid that other persons may regard him as queer,eccentric,or fanatic forgets that the ownership of his body,the responsibility for its well-being,belongs to him, not them.

— Dr.Paul Brunton

The fact is that there is enough food in the world for everyone. But tragically, much of the world’s food and land resources are tied up in producing beef and other livestock–food for the well off–while millions of children and adults suffer from malnutrition and starvation.

— Dr.Walden Bello

The American fast food diet and the meat eating habits of the wealthy around the world support a world food system that diverts food resources from the hungry.A diet higher in whole grains and legumes and lower in beef and other meat is not just healthier for ourselves but also contributes to changing the world system that feeds some people and leaves others hungry.

— Dr.Walden Bello

If you step back and look at the data, the optimum amount of red meat you eat should be zero.

— Dr.Walter Willet

Vegetarians have the best diet. They have the lowest rates of coronary disease of any group in the country….Some people scoff at vegetarians, but they have a fraction of our heart attack rate and they have only 40 percent of our cancer rate. They outlive other men by about six years now.

— Dr.William Castelli,M.D.

The thing that has been weighing on my mind this week is that I wanted to go and save all the little live lobsters in restaurants and throw them back in the ocean. Imagine me being arrested for that.

— Drew Barrymore

I quit eating red meat a long time ago. I’m a vegetarian, but not by a moral issue or any kind of stand. I still eat dairy. And I quit eating sugar about the same time I quit eating red meat, but I eat fruit.

— Dwight Yoakam

I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts. For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.

— Ecclesiastes

You ask people why they have deer heads on the wall. They always say, ‘Because it’s such a beautiful animal.’ There you go. I think my mother’s attractive, but I have photographs of her.

— Ellen DeGeneres

God gave our first parents the food He designed that the race should eat. It was contrary to His plan to have the life of any creature taken. There was to be no death in Eden. The fruit of the trees in the garden was the food man’s wants required.

— Ellen White

Animals are becoming more diseased and it will not be long until animal food will be discarded by many besides Seventh-day Adventists. Foods that are healthful and life sustaining are to be prepared, so that men and women will not need to eat meat.

— Ellen White

{Our 7-year-old daughter} Maggie is our all-natural girl. Anything to do with nature and anything that breathes and walks and moves, she wants it. And she informed us the other day that she’s gonna be a vegetarian. She just woke up one morning and said, ‘I’m gonna be a vegetarian,’ and she has been one ever since.

— Faith Hill

We should live in harmony with Earth not conquer it.. or the animals. The other members of the National Football League say I’m in the minority.. but they are. A majority of the world is vegetarian.

— Former Pittsburgh Steeler and NY Giant football Player Glenn Scolnick

Your choice of diet can influence your long term health prospects more than any other action you might take.

— Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop

Our food system takes abundant grain,which people can’t afford,and shrinks it into meat,which better-off people will pay for.

— Frances Moore Lappe

Now I can look your in the face; I don’t eat you anymore.

— Franz Kafka

Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself.

— Froude

The closer you can live to being a vegetarian the better.

— Gary Player

The person I love would never wear fur. Fur just makes me think of shallow women who have no conscience. The fur industry belongs to a time when people were selfish beyond belief. If you were some ancient tribal cheiftain, and there was not a department store nearby 350 years ago, I’d understand. But now, we have synthetic fibers,and it’s not necessary. The elitism of fur makes me wanna puke.

— Gavin Rossdale

Animals are my friends-and I don’t eat my friends.

— George Bernard Shaw

Human beings are the only animals of which I am throughly and cravenly afraid.

— George Bernard Shaw

The average age (longevity) of a meat eater is 63. I am on the verge of 85 and still work as hard as ever. I have lived quite long enough and am trying to die; but I simply cannot do it. A single beef-steak would finish me; but I cannot bring myself to swallow it. I am oppressed with a dread of living forever. That is the only disadvantage of vegetarianism.

— George Bernard Shaw

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That’s the essence of inhumanity.

— George Bernard Shaw

Atrocities are not less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and are called medical research.

— George Bernard Shaw

[Y]ou need to hunt something that can shoot back at you to really classify yourself as a hunter. You need to understand the feeling of what it’s like to go into the field and know your opposition can take you out. Not just go out there and shoot Bambi.

— Gov. Jesse Ventura

Based on my experience in Los Angeles, my advice to the public is not to eat meat.

— Gregorio Natavidad-meat inspector

In all the round world of Utopia there is no meat. There used to be, But now we cannot stand the thought of slaughterhouses. And it is impossible to find anyone who will hew a dead ox or pig.I can still remember as a boy the rejoicings over the closing of the last slaughterhouse.

— H G Wells, A Modern Utopia

We should remember in our dealings with animals that they are a sacred trust to us from our heavenly Father. They are dumb and cannot speak for themselves.

— Harriet Beecher Stowe

You put a baby in a crib with an apple and a rabbit. If it eats the rabbit and plays with the apple, I’ll buy you a new car

— Harvey Diamond

I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals.

— Henry David Thoreau

No humane being, past the thoughtless age of boyhood, will wantonly murder any creature which holds its life by the same tenure that he does.

— Henry David Thoreau

Most Americans don’t have any idea how well the Department of Agriculture protects the grower at the expense of the consumer. When a chemical is banned from use, a farmer or livestock operator who has the chemical in stock has a choice: either to lose money by disposing of the product, or to use it and take the risk of getting caught breaking the law. How severe is that risk? Well, if you use a banned product in your cattle feed, you have to face the prospect that the government is going to inspect one out of every 250,000 carcasses. They will test this carcass not for all banned substances, but just for a small fraction of them. And even if they detect some residue of a banned substance, and even if they’re able to trace the carcass to the ranch that produced it, the guilty rancher is likely at most to receive a stern letter with a strongly worded warning. I never met a rancher who suffered in any way from breaking any regulation meant to protect the safety of our meat. The whole procedure is, in short, a charade.

— Howard Lyman

Everything revolves around the fork.

— Howard Lyman

If [man] is not to stifle his human feelings, he must practice kindness towards animals, for he who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.

— Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)

There will be no justice as long as man will stand with a knife or with a gun and destroy those who are weaker than he is.

— Isaac Bashevis Singer

To be a vegetarian is to disagree—to disagree with the course of things today. Starvation,world hunger,cruelty,waste,wars—we must make a statement against these things.Vegetarianism is my statment. And I think it’s a strong one.

— Isaac Bashevis Singer

People often say that humans have always eaten animals, as if this is a justification for continuing the practice. According to this logic, we should not try to prevent people from murdering other people, since this has also been done since the earliest of times.

— Isaac Bashevis Singer

He that slayeth an ox is as he that killeth a human.

— Isaiah

Of what use are all your sacrifices to Me? I have had enough of the roasted carcasses of rams and of the fat of fattened beasts. I take no pleasure in the blood of calves, lambs and goats . When you spread out your hands, I close My eyes to you; despite however much you pray, I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood! Wash yourselves clean! Put away your misdeeds from before My eyes and stop doing evil.

— Isaiah 1:11, 1:15-16

Right now, I’m pro-leave beef alone. Big shout-out to all the vegetarians who don’t want beef!

— Ja Rule, Us Weekly

The real cure for our environmental problems is to understand that our job is to salvage Mother Nature…We are facing a formidable enemy in this field. It is the hunters…and to convince them to leave their guns on the wall is going to be very difficult.

— Jacques Cousteau (oceanographer)

If any kid ever realized what was involved in factory farming they would never touch meat again.I was so moved by the intelligence,sense of fun and personalities of the animals I worked with on Babe that by the end of the film I was a vegetarian.

— James Cromwell

Items containing raw or uncooked egg should be avoided so as not to contact a certain strain of salmonella (It used to be thought that only broken eggs could transmit salmonella … now it is known that the mother passes salmonella through the egg.) (There is more incidence of food poisoning from eggs than from meat, fish, or milk.)

— Jane Snow, food editor of the Beacon Journal

Once I was fishing and caught the hook in the fish’s eye. That was the last time I ate a killed creature .

— Janet Barkas, editor of Grove Press

I’ve always been very bonded to animals — more so than most people. (laughs) I don’t think that they can defend themselves, so we have to help them.

— Jennie Garth

I got a fur shawl once. I was so disgusted! And I couldn’t re-gift it. I don’t know anyone who’d want fur.

— Jennie Garth

What is it that should trace the insuperable line? …The question is not, Can they reason? nor Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?

— Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832)

The transition of world agriculture from food grain to feed grains represents an…evil whose consequences may be far greater and longer lasting than any past examples of violence inflicted by men against thier fellow human beings.

— Jeremy Rifkin

The world’s environment can no longer handle beef.

— Jeremy Rifkin

I think that people who don’t like animals tend to be selfish, but I’m biased.

— Jessica Alba

Hunters are to the arms industry what smokers are to the tobacco industry. Smokers get a nicotine rush. Hunters get an adrenalin rush from killing a living being.

— Jim R.

Many things made me become a vegetarian, among them. the higher food yield as a solution to world hunger.

— John Denver

Arson and cruelty to animals are 2 of 3 childhood warning signs regarding the potential to be a serial killer. (To no longer objectify living beings by ceasing hunting and fishing takes one l step further away from the murder of humans.)

— John Douglas, profiler of serial killers for the FBI, upon whom Silence Of The Lambs FBI character was based

An important fact to remember is that all natural diets, including purely vegetarian diets without a hint of dairy products, contain amounts of calcium that are above the treshold for meeting your nutritional needs….In fact,calcium deficiency caused by an insufficient amount if calcium in the diet is not known to occur in humans.

— John McDougall

There exists a substantial body of competent and reliable scientific evidence that eating eggs increases the risk of heart attacks or heart disease….This evidence is systematic,consistent,strong,and congruent.

— Judge Ernest G. Barnes

I grew up in cattle country-that’s why I became a vegetarian. Meat stinks, for the animals, the environment, and your health.

— K.D. Lang

A Univ. of NC study linked hot dogs to childhood leukemia.

— Kathy Wolff, Fox News

There’s so many (vegetarian) foods now that are available at the market . The same with drive-throughs. Now, a lot of them serve veggie burgers just like the restaurants are doing. So, it’s really very easy.

— Kevin Nealon

If you could see or feel the suffering you wouldn’t think twice. Give back life. Don’t eat meat.

— Kim Basinger

In some roles I have to wear fur, and I always make sure it’s fake, like in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. Faux fur is great because it shows people that faux can look fabulous.

— Kristen Johnston

A human can be healthy without killing animals for food. Therefore if he eats meat he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite.

— Leo Tolstoy

If he be really and seriously seeking to live a good life, the first thing from which he will abstain will always be the use of animal food, because …its use is simply immoral, as it involves the performance of an act which is contrary to the moral feeling – killing.

— Leo Tolstoy

One day the world will look upon research upon animals as it now looks upon research on human beings.

— Leonardo Da Vinci

Charlie didn’t want to give up meat and smoking. Now he’s gone.

— Lesley Stahl of CBS

I have been a vegetarian for about 10 years. And it really was due to the reading that I did. And they explain so that you understand why it’s important for the planet’s survival along with compassion for animals. It certainly made it much easier for me. I lost weight really fast. My mother died from cancer so this is all very personal to me. And I just would like the planet to be a better place. And I think you’ll find a vegetarian diet to be really incredible these days…

— Linda Blair

This is the sum of duty: do naught to others which if done to thee, would cause thee pain.

— Mahabharata

If we are extremists, then we are not ashamed of it, for the conditions that our people suffer are extreme, and extreme illness can not be cured with moderate medicine

— Malcolm X

The skin of a python is no less precious to the snake than fur is to the fox.

— Maneka Ghandhi

I think it’s really disgusting that designers use fur, and it’s disgusting that people wear fur. It has to stop. It’s so unnecessary in today’s world, with the technology we have. I’m wearing fabulous “ultrasuede” tonight. This is totally the look of leather. There’s a way to get it without death involved. We should be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

— Marc Bouwer

The standard four food groups are based on American agricultural lobbies. Why do we have a milk group? Because we have a National Dairy Council. Why do we have a meat group? Because we have an extremely powerful meat lobby.

— Marion Nestle

I am not interested to know whether vivisection produces results that are profitable to the human race or doesn’t…The pain which it inflicts upon unconsenting animals is the basis of my enmity toward it, and it is to me sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further.

— Mark Twain (1835-1910)

I used to wear real fur, but, like many others, I had a change of heart when I learned what actually happens to the animals.

— Martha Stewart

I haven’t bought any leather articles for a very long time. My ideal is to be able to avoid all animal products, in food as well as clothing.

— Martina Navratilova

When I was 12, I went hunting with my father and we shot a bird. He was laying there and something struck me. Why do we call this fun to kill this creature [who] was as happy as I was when I woke up this morning.

— Marv Levy (football head coach)

Mary Lu Henner, star of Taxi, asked by Larry King.. “Is that true… that Danny DeVito won’t harm cockroaches on the set of Taxi?” replied “No Larry and he doesn’t eat them either”.

— Mary Lu Henner

Behind every beautiful fur, there is a story. It is a bloody, barbaric story.

— Mary Tyler Moore

I never really liked meat. I was a child that had to be forced to eat my meat. Whatever you ate before that you loved like turkey slices they’ve got a substitute now that’s not hard to find.

— Masta Killer

Whatever you do unto the least of my brothers, you do it unto me.

— Matthew 25:40

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

— Matthew 5:7

I have no intention of eating a fish from the East River. They’re not safe to eat.

— Mayor White of Cleveland

Basically we should stop doing those things that are destructive to the environment, other creatures, and ourselves and figure out new ways of existing.

— Moby

If you look at the course of western history you’ll see that we’re slowly granting basic rights to everyone. A long time ago only kings had rights. Then rights were extended to property-owning white men. Then all men. Then wymyn. then children. Then the mentally retarded. Now we’re agonizing over the extension of basic rights to homosexuals and animals. We need to finally accept that all sentient creatures are deserving of basic rights. I define basic rights as this — the ability to pursue life without having someone else’s will involuntarily forced upon you. Or, as the framers of the constitution put it, the ability to have “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. By what criteria can you justify denying basic rights to any living thing? Realize that by whatever criteria you employ someone could deny basic rights to you if they objected to your species, sexual preferences, color, religion, ideology etc. Would you eat your housecat, or force a mentally retarded child to ingest oven cleaner? If not, then why is it ok to eat cows and test products on sentient animals? I believe that to knowingly commit actions that cause or condone suffering is reprehensible in the extreme.I call upon you to be compassionate and treat others as you want to be treated. If you don’t want to be beaten, imprisoned, mutilated, killed or tortured then you shouldn’t condone such behavior towards anyone, be they human or not.

— Moby

the environment is worth more than consumer goods and the g.n.p. freedom of speech is absolute and inviolate. guns are too dangerous for private ownership. sustainable & non-polluting energy sources make environmental and economic sense. research performed on animals is, by definition, scientifically unsound. cruelty is unacceptable. what you do with your own body is your choice. one individual violently imposing his or her will on another individual is wrong. you can’t expect people to worry about the world when they can’t feed themselves or their children. the hazards and risks of nuclear power make it unacceptable as an energy source. the use of animals for food is unhealthy, inefficient, & cruel. people need love & affection. tobacco use has killed & harmed more people than all human wars combined.

— Moby

There are viable (and usually better) alternatives to the use of animals for food, sport, clothing, & experimentation. I beg you to discontinue any actions that might cause or condone animal torture, abuse, or destruction.

— Moby

Intellectually, human beings and animals may be different, but it’s pretty obvious that animals have a rich emotional life and that they feel joy and pain. It’s easy to forget the connection between a hamburger and the cow it came from. But I forced myself to acknowledge the fact that every time I ate a hamburger, a cow had ceased to breathe and moo and walk around.

— Moby

I do not regard flesh-food as necessary for us at any stage and under any clime in which it is possible for human beings ordinarily to live. I hold flesh-food to be unsuited to our species. We err in copying the lower animal world – if we are superior to it.

— Mohandas Gandhi

To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body.

— Mohandas Gandhi

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

— Mohandas Gandhi

They’ve been trying to test on animals for the past 50 years. Nobody’s come up with a cure,”he says. “If you want to test on somebody, test on me.”

— Montell Williams

Oprah has power because Oprah is believable. People do not believe the beef industry. Shouldn’t we be more concerned about the first amendment rather than protecting powerful agribusiness?

— Morton Downey

The awful cruelty and terror to which tens of thousands of animals killed for human food are subjected in traveling long distances by ship and rail and road to the slaughterhouses of the world. God disapproves of all cruelty.. whether to man or beast. The occupation of slaughtering animals is brutalising to those who are required to do the work…. I believe this matter is well worthy of the serious consideration of Christian leaders.

— Mrs. Booth and General Bramwell Booth

Vegetarians always ask about getting enough protein. But I don’t know any nutrition expert (who) can plan a diet of natural foods resulting in a protein deficiency, so long as you’re not deficient in calories. You need only 5 or 6 percent of total calories in protein… and it is pratically impossible to get below 9 percent in ordinary diets.

— Nathan Pritikin

The beef industry has contributed to more American deaths than all the wars of this century, all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined. If beef is your idea of ‘real food for real people,’ you’d better live real close to a real good hospital.

— Neal D. Barnard, M.D., President Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

I’m stopped. I’ll never eat another burger

— Oprah Winfrey

Every time we go by KFC, my kids ask me to honk and they yell ‘Boo’ out the window.

— Pamela Anderson

Men hunt I think maybe because they have something wrong with thier own equipment and they need something else to shoot.

— Pamela Anderson

I would not want to get to know a pig very well if I intended to eat him.

— Pat Leigh

If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian. We feel better about ourselves and better about the animals, knowing we’re not contributing to their pain.

— Paul and Linda McCartney

We stopped eating meat many years ago. During the course of a Sunday lunch we happened to look out of the kitchen window at our young lambs playing happily in the fields. Glancing down at our plates, we suddenly realised we were eating the leg of an animal who had until recently been playing in a field herself. We looked at each other and said: “Wait a minute, we love these sheep-they’re such gentle creatures. So why are we eating them?” It was the last time we ever

— Paul and Linda McCartney

Ever occur to you why some of us can be this much concerned with animals’ suffering? Because government is not. why not? Animals don’t vote.

— Paul Harvey

The medical argument for animal testing doesn’t stand up. Even if it did, I don’t think we should kill other species. We think we’re so much better; I’m not sure we are. I tell people, “We’ve beaten into submission every animal on the face of the Earth, so we are the clear winners of whatever battle is going on between the species. Couldn’t we be generous? I really do think it’s time to get nice. No need to keep beating up on them. I think we’ve got to show that we’re kind.

— Paul McCartney

For many years the media have been afraid of the Goliath power of the meat industry. (But David is coming!)

— Pegeen Fitzgerald of WOR TV and Radio in NY

It is only by softening and disguising dead flesh by culinary preparation, that it is rendered susceptible of mastication or digestion; and that the sight of its bloody juices and raw horror does not excite intolerable loathing and disgust.

— Percy Bysshe Shelley

Do we, as humans, having an ability to reason and to communicate abstract ideas verbally and in writing, and to form ethical and moral judgments using the accumulated knowledge of the ages, have the right to take the lives of other sentient organisms, particularly when we are not forced to do so by hunger or dietary need, but rather do so for the somewhat frivolous reason that we like the taste of meat? In essence, should we know better?

— Peter Cheeke

Animal factories are one more sign of the extent to which our technological capacities have advanced faster than our ethics.

— Peter Singer

I’ve always felt that animals are the purest spirits in the world. They don’t fake or hide their feelings, and they are the most loyal creatures on Earth. And somehow we humans think we’re smarter—what a joke.

— Pink

I turned down Prince William’s invitation for me to sing at his birthday bash because he was spearing animals in Africa and bringing publicity to it, and I thought that was pretty disgusting!

— Pink

Can you really ask what reason Pythagoras had for abstaining from flesh? For my part I rather wonder both by what accident and in what state of soul or mind the first man did so, touched his mouth to gore and brought his lips to the flesh of a dead creature, he who set forth tables of dead, stale bodies and ventured to call food and nourishment the parts that had a little before bellowed and cried, moved and lived. How could his eyes endure the slaughter when throats were slit and hides flayed and limbs torn from limb? How could his nose endure the stench? How was it that the pollution did not turn away his taste, which made contact with the sores of others and sucked juices and serums from mortal wounds? … It is certainly not lions and wolves that we eat out of self-defense; on the contrary, we ignore these and slaughter harmless,tame creatures without stings or teeth to harm us, creatures that, I swear, Nature appears to have produced for the sake of their beautyand grace. But nothing abashed us, not the flower-like like tinting of the flesh, not the persuasiveness of the harmonious voice, not the cleanliness of their habits or the unusual intelligence that may be found in the poor wretches. No, for the sake of a little flesh we deprive them of sun, of light, of the duration of life to which they are entitled by birth and being…

— Plutarch

I’m ashamed to even let people know I am a Usda inspector. There are thousands of diseased and unwholesome birds going right on down the line.

— Poultry Inspector

So you are the people tearing down the Brazilian rainforest and breeding cattle.

— Prince Philip to McDonald’s of Canada

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.

— Prophet Mohammed

A righteous man takes care of his beast, but the heart of the wicked is merciless.

— Proverbs 12:10

Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is–whether its victim is human or animal–we cannot expect things to be much better in this world… We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing we set back the progress of humanity.

— Rachel Carson

You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed In the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

I spoke often in Congress against the war in Vietnam. and commented on congresspersons hiding from the reality of war by saying ‘many eat the meat but few go to the slaughterhouse’. I said it so often I became a vegetarian.

— Rep. Andrew Jacobs.. formerly of Indianapolis

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

People get offended by animal rights campaigns. It’s ludicrous. It’s not as bad as mass animal death in a factory.

— Richard Gere

As custodians of the planet it is our responsibility to deal with all species with kindness, love and compassion. That these animals suffer through human cruelty is beyond understanding. Please help to stop this madness.

— Richard Gere

I do not believe that any of the suffering I have caused to laboratory animals has helped humanity in the slightest.

— Richard Ryder

If you don’t like my opinions leave.But just remember, the animals can’t leave the cages that hold them. They are captive and suffering. As you cozy into your bed tonight, try to imagine the pain and the suffering that they endure day after day and night after night. Next time you get some soap in your eyes, try to imagine that pain for 3 or
4 days at a time. Next time you have a stomach ache, try to imagine liquid plumber being poured down your throat till you puke so much blood that you bleed to death. Next time you bump your head, try to imagine being a monkey and getting a steel plate smashed into your skull at 50 miles per hour. Then, only then should you feel compelled to tell me that I’m wrong about my opinions. For all these things have happened in the name of science. They continue in abundance till this

— Ricki Rockett

I wouldn’t eat a chicken if it dropped dead in front of me holding up a sign that said, Eat Me.

— Ricky Williams

If animal experimentation, animal dissection and any kind of animal exploitation all ended tomorrow, I don’t make a f—–’ dime!” I am for the animals, I couldn’t care less about your need to eat animals, wear them, shoot them or exploit them. Too bad if you consider it suffering to let all that self-centered and traditional bullshit stop you from having the will to help the animals..

— Riki Rockett

I have reached zero tolerance for the cruelty against our animal brothers. If we are to nuture our culture, let’s begin with the animals who have been nothing but our beasts of burden for so long.

— Riki Rockett

I’ve always felt somewhat out of place with other kids my own age”, said River. “I was constantly reminded by people’s reaction to our names and our diet that we seemed weird to them.

— River Phoenix

When I was old enough to realize all meat was killed, I saw it as an irrational way of using our power, to take a weaker thing and mutilate it. It was like the way bullies would take control of younger kids in the schoolyard.

— River Phoenix

Animals can’t really voice their opinion. We feel as though we can be on of the spokespeople on their behalf.

— River Phoenix

I despise and abhor the pleas on behalf of that infamous practice, vivisection… I would rather submit to the worst of deaths, so far as pain goes, than have a single dog or cat tortured to death on the pretense of sparing me a twinge or two.

— Robert Browning

GE is the biggest polluter of the Hudson.. years ago they killed all the fish dumping millions of lbs. of pcb’s into our waterways. Now let’s make them pay for the cleanup.

— Robert F. Kennedy Jr

We consume the carcasses of creatures of like appetites, passions and organs with our own, and fill the slaughterhouses daily with screams of pain and fear.

— Robert Louis Stevenson

I don’t eat chicken anymore. I won’t eat it. I won’t allow it in my house.

— Rodney Leonard -U.S. Poultry inspection

To a man whose mind is free there is something even more intolerable in the sufferings of animals than in the sufferings of man. For with the latter it is at least admitted that suffering is evil and that the man who causes it is a criminal. But thousands of animals are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. If any man were to refer to it, he would be thought ridiculous. And that is the unpardonable crime.

— Romain Rolland

Thousands of animals (now billions) are butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. It cries vengeance upon all the human race.

— Romain Rolland

Compassion is the foundation of everything positive, everything good. If you carry the power of compassion to the marketplace and the dinner table, you can make your life really count.

— Rue McClanahan

Fur used to turn heads, now it turns stomachs.

— Rue McClanahan

I don’t eat any animals or anything that has to do with animals. No fish or egg or dairy because I personally don’t feel it’s a good practice to eat anything that might run away from you.

— Russell Simmons

Gambling, eating meat, wine-bibbing, adultery, hunting, thieving, debauchery – these seven things in this world lead to the hells.

— Sanskrit Shloka

You’re thinking I’m one of those wise-ass California vegetarians who is going to tell you that eating a few strips of bacon is bad for your health. I’m not. I say its a free country and you should be able to kill yourself at any rate you choose, as long as your cold dead body is not blocking my driveway.

— Scott Adams(writter of Dilbert)

Being around all the animals in the film Dr. .Doolittle made me one too.

— Semantha Eggar

He is a heavy eater of beef. Me thinks it doth harm to his wit.

— Shakespeare in “Twelfth Night”

‘I love to cook. Very healthy eating. …’ Twain also forgoes meat,
dairy, and eggs. ‘Nothing,’ she declares, ‘that had to die.’

— Shania Twain, TV Guide

‘I don’t eat meat, fish, or eggs. I was never a big meat-eater, but
I’ve got more energy now,’ says Shania, who hasn’t eaten an animal
since she married longtime vegetarian (and record producer) Mutt Lange.

— Shania Twain

I think there’s something odd about eating another living anything.

— Shania Twain

Whenever we cause suffering or death to any other being, we cause suffering to the Great Life Force.

— Shik Po Chih

I was sitting here eating my plate of chicken salad, and suddenly I looked down and saw all the meat on my plate and just wasn’t hungry anymore. So i’ve decided I’m not going to eat meat.

— Shiri Appleby

On going vegetarian.” I was sitting here eating my plate of chicken salad, and suddenly I looked down and saw all the meat on my plate and just wasn’t hungry anymore. So i’ve decided I’m not going to eat meat.

— Shiri Appleby

Linda McCartney sausages were my favorite. Theyre much better than eating real sausages and you dont have to contemplate half way through exactly whats inside them. … You can have them, a bit of fried bread, tinned tomatoes. Delicious.

— Simon Cowell

Someone from Manolo Blahnik went into my shop and said: ‘These shoes are not vegetarian.’ That’s the highest compliment, because you just can’t tell that they are, and they are.” “My mum taught me to have a soul.

— Stella McCartney

The really great thing about my shop is that there’s not one dead animal in it. … Manolo’s got a load of fabric shoes as well! We use plastic, fabric, rubber- anything but leather. I almost feel like I’ve been put here to show everyone that it’s unnecessary.

— Stella McCartney

Humans are the only hunters who kill when not hungry.

— Steven Spielberg

All creation has the same right to life.

— Sun Bear and Jaya Bear

I went snorkeling and noticed how gently the fish welcomed us into their world.. as compared to the violence with which we welcomed them into ours. I became a vegetarian.

— Syndee Brinkman

I was raised on a dairy farm and ate plenty of meat and eggs until about twenty years ago. I started doing nutritional research, and a decade pr so after that my family made some major dietary changes. I’m just paying attention to what the data are telling me: The scientific evidence came first.

— T. Colin Campbell

Whether industralized societies…can cure themselves of thier meat addictions may ultimately be a greater factor in world health than all the docters,health insurance policies,and drugs put together.

— The China-Oxford-Cornell Project on Nutrition

There can be no justification for causing suffering to animals simply to serve man’s pleasure or simply to enhance man’s lifestyle.

— The Dean of York

Killing animals for sport, for pleasure, for adventure, and for hides and furs is a phenomena which is at once disgusting and distressing. There is no justification in indulging is such acts of brutality.

— The XLV Dalai Lama

Auschwitz begins wherever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks: they’re only animals.

— Theodor Adorno (1903-1969), German Jewish philosopher forced into exile by the Nazis

I tremble for my species when I reflect that God is just.

— Thomas Jefferson

The Utopians feel that slaughtering our fellow creatures gradually destroys the sense of compassion, which is the finest sentiment of which our human nature is capable.

— Thomas More

It does take a little work to be a vegetarian but it’s so worth it, oh it’s so worth it!

— Tippi Hedren

Vegetarianism that is me. I don’t eat meat. It’s been over 10 years. Actually it’s been 11 and a half years and I feel good and I feel like I look good and I have energy& and you have to look at what you’re putting in your body. I eat vegetables and I eat grain and I take care of myself and I don’t think I look that bad, do I?

— Tracy Bingham

The 1950′s American dream of owning a mink coat is as dead as the 60 mink killed to make that coat.

— Trish Donnally

There were no Slaughterhouses in the Garden of Eden.

— Unknown

May those who oppose capital punishment for humans extend that protection to animals as well . May those who oppose germ and other biological warfare work to end the unconscious biological warfare unwittingly waged on those who eat animal products. Those who are prolife would logically become vegetarian. Those who are prochoice would not want to impose their wills upon the body of a cow, sheep or pig.

— Unknown

Since visiting the abatoirs of S. France I have stopped eating meat.

— Vincent Van Gogh

How can you eat anything with eyes!

— Will Kellogg

When we kill animals to eat them they end up killing us because their flesh…was never intended for human beings, who are naturally herbivores.

— William C. Roberts, M.D

When you see the golden arches you are probally on your way to the pearly gates.

— William Castelli,M.D.

The oath I took as an inspector said if I ever saw anything wrong I was supposted to report it. But today I can’t report anything.Today, if you blow your whistle, you’re in trouble with the inspection service. I feel the oath I took is violated every day I work.

— William Freeman, a 25 yr Inspector

Cruelty to dumb animals is one of the distinguishing vices of low and base minds. Wherever it is found, it is a certain mark of ignorance and meanness; a mark which all the external advantages of wealth, splendour, and nobility, cannot obliterate. It is consistent neither with learning nor true civility.

— William Jones (1726-1800)

My wife actually got worried about my drinking so much regular milk, you know, so she got me into rice milk and now soy milk, which I greatly enjoy. A soy mocha’s a fine thing.

— Willie Nelson

Please put the ladybug outside without harming her. (to his butler)

— Winston Churchill

I’ve been vegan for about 10 and a half years. It’s been all good. I’m obviously much healthier…

— Woody Harrelson

Those who are used to a cage will weep for a cage.

— Yevgeny Yevtushenko




February 2024