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Friday, December 30, 2011

Quotations about Animal Rights III

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

The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moralinferiority to any creatures that cannot.
 ~Mark Twain, What Is Man, 1906

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. 
~James Anthony Froude, Oceana, 1886

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

As often as Herman had witnessed the slaughter of animals and fish, he always had the same thought: in their behaviour toward creatures, all men were Nazis. The smugness with which man could do with other species as he pleased exemplified the most extreme racist theories, the principle that might is right. 
~Isaac Bashevis Singer

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

It is just like man's vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions.
 ~Mark Twain

The woods were made for the hunters of dreams,
The brooks for the fishers of song;
To the hunters who hunt for the gunless game
The streams and the woods belong.
~Sam Walter Foss

Animals can communicate quite well. And they do. And generally speaking, they are ignored. 
~Alice Walker

Lisa: "Do we have any food that wasn't brutally slaughtered?"
Homer: "Well, I think the veal died of loneliness."
~Matt Groening, The Simpsons

In an earlier stage of our development most human groups held to a tribal ethic. Members of the tribe were protected, but people of other tribes could be robbed or killed as one pleased. Gradually the circle of protection expanded, but as recently as 150 years ago we did not include blacks. So African human beings could be captured, shipped to America and sold. In Australia white settlers regarded Aborigines as a pest and hunted them down, much as kangaroos are hunted down today. Just as we have progressed beyond the blatantly racist ethic of the era of slavery and colonialism, so we must now progress beyond the speciesist ethic of the era of factory farming, of the use of animals as mere research tools, of whaling, seal hunting, kangaroo slaughter and the destruction of wilderness. We must take the final step in expanding the circle of ethics. 
~Pete Singer

Dogs are getting bigger, according to a leading dog manufacturer.
 ~Leo Rosten

Whether hunting is right or wrong, a spiritual experience, or an outlet for the killer instinct, one thing it is not is a sport. Sport is when individuals or teams compete against each other under equal circumstances to determine who is better at a given game or endeavor. Hunting will be a sport when deer, elk, bears, and ducks are... given 12-gauge shotguns. Bet we'd see a lot fewer drunk yahoos (live ones, anyway) in the woods if that happened.
 ~R. Lerner, letter, Sierra, March-April 1991

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