True benevolence or compassion, extends itself through the whole of existence and sympathizes with the distress of every creature capable of sensation.”
— Joseph Addison
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
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
The question is not, “Can they reason?” nor, “Can they talk?” but rather, “Can they suffer?”
‘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 extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not bretheren; 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
“Life is life’s greatest gift. Guard the life of another creature as you would your own because it is your own. On life’s scale of values, the smallest is no less precious to the creature who owns it than the largest.”
— Lloyd Biggle Jr.
I don’t hold animals superior or even equal to humans. The whole case for behaving decently to animals rests on the fact that we are the superior species. We are the species uniquely capable of imagination, rationality, and moral choice – and that is precisely why we are under an obligation to recognize and respect the rights of animals.
— Brigid Brophy
* We know the poison from the radioactive dump will go down under the ground and leak into the water. We drink from this water. The animals drink from this water. We’re worried that the animals will become poisoned, and we’ll become poisoned in our turn.
— Eileen Kampakuta Brown & The Kungka Tju
May all that have life be delivered from suffering.
When a man has pity on all living creatures then only is he noble.
–Buddha (563? – 483? B.C.)
“Love of animals is a universal impulse, a common ground on which all of us may meet. By loving and understanding animals, perhaps we humans shall come to understand each other.”
— Louis J. Camuti