Vegetarians International Voice for Animals

Vegan & vegetarian celebrities - historical figures

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    Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet. Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty."
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    Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace."
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    I find it difficult to feel responsible for the suffering of others. It's the same with animals: I feel the less harm I do, the lighter my heart."
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    One should not kill a living being, nor cause it to be killed, nor should one incite another to kill. Do not injure any being, either strong or weak, in the world."
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    Why should you call me to account for eating decently? If I battened on the scorched corpses of animals, you might well ask me why I did that.”
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    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, as surely as the savage tribes have left off eating each other when they came in contact with the more civilised.”
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    As man is truly “humanised”, not by schools of cookery but by schools of thought, he will abandon the barbarous habit of his flesh-eating ancestors, and will make gradual progress towards a purer, simpler, more humane, and therefore more civilised diet-system.”
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    The too obvious fact that a large portion of animals are carnivorous neither proves nor justifies the carnivorousness of the human species.”
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    When a human kills an animal for food, he is neglecting his own hunger for justice. Man prays for mercy, but is unwilling to extend it to others."
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    The day may come when the rest of the animal creation may acquire those rights which never could have been withheld from them but by the hand of tyranny. The question is not, can they reason? Nor can they talk? But, can they suffer?"
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    Since the time I gave up the use of flesh-meats and wine, I have been delivered from all physical ills."
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    A man can live and 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. And to act so is immoral.”
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    The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men."
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    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. 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."
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    It is certainly preferable to raise vegetables, and I think, therefore, that vegetarianism is a commendable departure from the established barbarious habit. Every effort should be made to stop the wanton and cruel slaughter of animals.”
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    If the use of animal food be, in consequence, subversive to the peace of human society, how unwarrantable is the injustice and the barbarity which is exercised toward these miserable victims. They are called into existence by human artifice that they may drag out a short and miserable existence of slavery and disease, that their bodies may be mutilated, their social feelings outraged.”
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    I rather wonder both by what accident and in what state of soul or mind the first man 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?”
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    Thou should eat to live; not live to eat."
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    If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who deal likewise with their fellow men."
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    All wholesome food is caught without a net or a trap."
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