Animal Rights Quotations



Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals, and the answer is:  "Because the animals are like us."  Ask the experimenters why it is morally okay to experiment on animals, and the answer is:  "Because the animals are not like us."  Animal experimentation rests on a logical contradiction.  ~Charles R. Magel
 

God loved the birds and invented trees.  Man loved the birds and invented cages.  ~Jacques Deval, Afin de vivre bel et bien
 

We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.  ~William Ralph Inge, Outspoken Essays, 1922
 

The question is not, "Can they reason?" nor, "Can they talk?" but rather, "Can they suffer?"  ~Jeremy Bentham
 

I care not much for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.  ~Abraham Lincoln
 

No one in the world needs a mink coat but a mink.  ~Author Unknown
 

Never wear anything that panics the cat.  ~P.J. O'Rourke
 

Cruelty is one fashion statement we can all do without.  ~Rue McClanahan
 

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
 

Support the right to arm bears.  ~Author unknown, as seen on a bumper sticker
 

Hunting is not a sport.  In a sport, both sides should know they're in the game.  ~Paul Rodriguez
 

Cockfighting was illegal in Oklahoma until 1963, when a judge ruled that chickens are not animals and therefore unprotected by anticruelty laws.  ~U.S. News & World Report, 6 December 1999
 

Animals give me more pleasure through the viewfinder of a camera than they ever did in the crosshairs of a gunsight.  ~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 reasons.  ~C.S. Lewis
 

People are more violently opposed to fur than leather because it's safer to harass rich women than motorcycle gangs.  ~Author Unknown
 

Drinking without being thirsty and making love at any time, Madame, are the only things that distinguish us from other animals.  ~Pierre-Augustin de Beaumarchais, The Marriage of Figaro, 1784
 

I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls.  They always say because it's such a beautiful animal.  There you go.  I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her.  ~Ellen DeGeneres
 

When a man wantonly destroys one of the works of man we call him a vandal.  When he destroys one of the works of god we call him a sportsman.  ~Joseph Wood Krutch
 

The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun.  ~P.G. Wodehouse
 

If you love animals called pets, why do you eat animals called dinner?  ~As seen on a shirt
 

Life is life - whether in a cat, or dog or man.  There is no difference there between a cat or a man.  The idea of difference is a human conception for man's own advantage.  ~Sri Aurobindo
 

When I was twelve, 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
 

Those who wish to pet and baby wild animals "love" them.  But those who respect their natures and wish to let them live normal lives, love them more.  ~Edwin Way Teale, Circle of the Seasons, 1953
 

Get a feel for fur:  Slam your fingers in a car door.  ~Anonymous, on the use of steel traps to capture fur-bearing animals, cited in Audubon, November 1990
 

Heaven is by favor; if it were by merit your dog would go in and you would stay out.  ~Mark Twain
 

Vivisection is a social evil because if it advances human knowledge, it does so at the expense of human character.  ~George Bernard Shaw
 

The basis of all animal rights should be the Golden Rule:  we should treat them as we would wish them to treat us, were any other species in our dominant position.  ~Christine Stevens
 

I abhor vivisection with my whole soul.  All the scientific discoveries stained with innocent blood I count as of no consequence.  ~Mahatma Gandhi
 

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
 

Terms like that, "Humane Society," are devised with people like me in mind, who don't care to dwell on what happens to the innocent.  ~Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams
 

Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar.  ~Bradley Millar
 

If a ferret bites you it is nearly always your own fault.  ~Phil Drabble
 

A Robin Redbreast in a cage
Puts all Heaven in a Rage.
~William Blake, Auguries of Innocence
 

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
 

Zoos are becoming facsimiles - or perhaps caricatures - of how animals once were in their natural habitat.  If the right policies toward nature were pursued, we would need no zoos at all.  ~Michael Fox, Sierra, November-December 1990
 

The sort of man who likes to spend his time watching a cage of monkeys chase one another, or a lion gnaw its tail, or a lizard catch flies, is precisely the sort of man whose mental weakness should be combatted at the public expense, and not fostered.  ~H.L. Mencken, quoted in New York Evening Mail, 2 February 1918
 

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
 

When it comes to having a central nervous system, and the ability to feel pain, hunger, and thirst, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy.  ~Ingrid Newkirk
 

Very little of the great cruelty shown by men can really be attributed to cruel instinct.  Most of it comes from thoughtlessness or inherited habit.  ~Albert Schweitzer
 

There is no fundamental difference between man and the higher mammals in their mental faculties.... The difference in mind between man and the higher animals, great as it is, certainly is one of degree and not of kind.  The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.  ~Charles Darwin
 

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
 

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
 

Wear your own skin.  ~As seen on a shirt
 

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
 

Every year tens of thousands of animals suffer and die in laboratory tests of cosmetics and household products... despite the fact that the test results do not help prevent or treat accidental or purposeful misuse of the products.  ~Woody Harrelson
 

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.  ~St. Francis of Assisi 
 

I think animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.  ~Author Unknown