Vegan Health and Wellness Quote Collection

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Making the lifestyle choice to go vegan at the end of 2012 was one of the best decisions I have ever made regarding my own personal health and wellness. People misunderstood, made jokes, thought I was a little weird. Well I say us weirdo’s need to stick together sometimes and encourage ourselves. Since that decision I have seen so many health improvements such as:

  • I lost over 32kg (66 pounds) of fat.
  • I have more energy, waking up around 5am each day.
  • I have greater clarity.
  • I sense a far greater compassion than ever before.
  • I exercise regularly walking around 35km a week.
  • I have often run up a local hill (Pearl Hill) on a 5km run.
  • I have taken up cycling.
  • I am far more flexible.
  • I like having clean arteries that aren’t clogged with dead-animal goo.
  • I feel better within myself and am at rest in who I really am as a person.
  • I have not been sick since (not even a headache!)
  • I like my body and it smiles now when I eat. My colon giggled and said, “Finally!”
  • I have discovered a whole range of yummy foods.
  • I am really OK living with a much lower risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.

Update (2014-2015): I am now running 10km a day and I have run two half-marathons and probably a full marathon in 2016.

This is a growing collection of health and wellness quotes I have gleaned through my own research and reading. Agree or disagree, that is up to you, but at least listen with an open heart and try to understand what people are saying. I refused so much of this, giving it no further consideration, but then I started to have this love inside me come alive, I could not explain it – grace hit me like a bomb blast and shook all my categories, even to the point of what I put in my mouth!

The most recent quotes appear at the top. If you are interested on my full journey to this plant-based lifestyle see my article Life’s Better With A Strawberry.

To see some of my collected vegan resources to informative sites, recipes, links, and other important information click my vegan resources image below…

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Quotes

“He is a heavy eater of beef. Methinks it doth harm to his wit.”
– From the 12th Night, William Shakespeare

“As vegan diets gain popularity across the country for a way to improve health and the welfare of animals, it”s no secret that the environmental effects of this diet can have a positive effect on our planet.”
– Neal Barnard – President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

“Your body is worthy of good care and no one is more suitably qualified to care for it than yourself.”
– Stephen Roberts

“In the United States and most Western countries, diet-related chronic diseases represent the single largest cause of morbidity and mortality.”
– Origins and Evolution of the Western Diet

“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 threshold 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.”
– Dr. John McDougall

“World Food Day today. Great idea but the United Nations has failed to make the most important connection. Eat only plant based foods–for your own health, that of our planet, and for future generations.”
– Dr Richard Oppenlander, sustainability and wellness advocate, writer, and speaker

“Obesity now affects 400 million people in the world and nearly 40% of all adults in the U.S.”
– Dr Richard Oppenlander, sustainability and wellness advocate, writer, and speaker

“Love all of God’s creation, the whole of it and every grain of sand. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light. Love animals, love plants, love each thing. If you love everything, you will perceive the mystery of God in things.”
– Fyodor Dostoevsky

“And if thy heart be straight with God, then every creature shall be to thee a mirror of life and a book of holy doctrine, for there is no creature so little or so vile, but that sheweth and representeth the goodness of God.
– Thomas A Kempis (1379-1471)

“The beef industry has contributed to more American deaths then all the wars of this country, 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 Barnard, M.D., Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

“A fit, healthy body — that is the best fashion statement.”
– Jess C. Scott

“Just as we nourish and heal ourselves with the food on our plate, we can heal the world around us by our food choices. A plant-based diet is the best choice for the sustenance of our planet.”
– Kris Carr, NYTimes best-selling author

“Realize that 82% of the world’s starving children live in countries where food is fed to animals that are then killed and eaten by more well off individuals in developed countries like the US, UK, and in Europe. One fourth of all grain produced by third world countries is now given to livestock, in their own country and out.”
– Dr Richard Oppenlander, sustainability and wellness advocate, writer, and speaker

“A causal relationship between red meat consumption and cancer is supported by several large studies conducted in the U.S. Specifically, women with the highest level of meat consumption had double the rate of breast cancer compared to those who consumed small amount of meat.”
– Epidemiology 5, no. 4 (1994): 391

“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

“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

“With the exception of tobacco consumption, diet is… the most important factor in the etiology of human cancer.”
– Toxicology, Dec. 27, 2002

“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, Actress

“At least 50 percent of all children in the United States are allergic to milk, many undiagnosed. Dairy products are the leading cause of food allergy, often revealed by constipation, diarrhea, and fatigue. Many cases of asthma and sinus infections are reported to be relieved and even eliminated by cutting out dairy.”
– Frank Oaski, M.D., chief of pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, in Natural Health, July 1994

“Although it has been said (not without justification) that humans of all the species are the most unlovable, examination of the voices for animals throughout history does not support the charge of misanthropy.”
– Andrew Linzey, Creatures of the Same God. Kindle Edition.

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“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, Actress

“It follows that to regard them [animals] and treat them just as things, commodities, or resources is a spiritually impoverished understanding of their status.”
– Andrew Linzey

“Compared with that of Taoists and Far Eastern Buddhists, the Christian attitude toward Nature has been curiously insensitive and often downright domineering and violent. Taking their cue from an unfortunate remark in Genesis, Catholic moralists have regarded animals as mere things which men do right to regard for their own ends….”
– Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

“Scientific reviews show that high blood pressure can be reduced with diet changes, especially a vegetarian/vegan diet.”
– Berkow & Barnard 2005, Nutrition Review

“We are healthy only to the extent that our ideas are humane.”
– Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions

“High-vegetable fiber intakes reduce risk factors for cardiovascular disease and… colon cancer.”
– Metabolism 50, no. 4 (April 2001): 494-503

“If you can organize your kitchen, you can organize your life.”
– Louis Parrish

“Flesh was never the best food; but its use is now doubly objectionable, since disease in animals is so rapidly increasing.”
– Ellen White, co-founder Seventh Day Adventists, 1902

Dresden journalists had an interview with General Booth during his visit in the neighbourhood , and gave his report in the Dresden Auseiger . In answer the question how he managed to sustain so much hard work, and particularly so much public speaking at night, at his advanced age, the General replied :- “I owe it to my careful vegetarian diet.”
– William Booth, 1909 (Founder of the Salvation Army)

“Evidence strongly suggests that a high intake of plant-based foods and a low intake of animal products contributes to the excellent health of Mediterranean populations. The high consumption of red meat in Western diets is associated with increased… heart disease, some cancers, and urinary calcium losses likely to contribute to osteoporosis.”
– American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 61 (1995): 1416

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”
– Hippocrates

“Nearly all of the top 15 killers in the US can be treated with a plant-based diet.”
– Tweet from World Veg Festival, 2013

“Blood from those in a vegan diet fights cancer 8 times better than that of a person eating a Western diet.”
– Tweet from World Veg Festival, 2013

“We just learned that green veggies have more protein per calorie than steak!”
– Tweet from World Veg Festival, 2013

“If I eat animal flesh am I not getting all the plants and nutrients second hand? Why would I try and capture sunlight in a glass bottle and walk into a dark room and then open the bottle and think I could fill the room with light? We laugh at that, but in a similar way I no longer want to get my nutrients second hand. All the life and light that was in the plants has been taken by an animal. If an animals diet is vegetables and grains why must I ‘animalize’ it first to get to those vegetables? Why not go directly to the source? Why not stand out in the sun and allow the warmth to touch your own face?”
– Stephen Roberts

“They’re only animals — for heaven’s sake!”
– a misinformed college student.

“Why do we find it so horrible to kill a baby? It’s because they are voiceless and defenseless. The same applies to animals. Killing them is cowardice.”
– Edward Sanchez

“What we choose to eat has a direct impact on the health of Planet Earth: modern agro-business and our thoughtless appetites are, quite literally, destroying the environment and the future of our children. Start to change the world, one bite, one meal, one diet at a time.”
– Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, UN Messenger of Peace

“A veteran USDA meat inspector from Texas describes what he has seen: “Cattle dragged and choked… knocking ‘em four, five, ten times. Every now and then when they’re stunned they come back to life, and they’re up there agonizing. They’re supposed to be re-stunned but sometimes they aren’t and they’ll go through the skinning process alive. I’ve worked in four large [slaughterhouses] and a bunch of small ones. They’re all the same. If people were to see this, they’d probably feel really bad about it. But in a packing house everybody gets so used to it that it doesn’t mean anything.”
– Slaughterhouse 1997

“Think of the cruelty to animals meat-eating involves, and its effect on those who inflict and those who behold it. How it destroys the tenderness with which we should regard those creatures of God!”
– Ellen G. White, 1905

“A study of 220 gastric cancer patients in Mexico city along with a control group from the same area indicated an approximately threefold increased risk of gastric cancer for frequent consumption of both fresh and processed meat. An increased risk of cancer was also found to be associated with frequent consumption of dairy products and fish.”
– Ward & Lopez-Carrillo 1999, American Journal of Epidemiology, 149, 925

“The most recent NARMS retail meat report stated 90 percent of pork chops, ground beef and ground turkey, and 95 percent of chicken breasts, were contaminated with fecal bacteria. Their results are based on tests of 5,280 samples.”
– Jake Richardson, http://goo.gl/SNmD4Y

“Pleasure does not constitute moral necessity.”
– Andrew Linzey

“Animal factories are one more sign of the extent to which our technological capacities have advanced faster than our ethics.”
– Peter Singer, Animal Liberation

“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

“I am finally starting to see that loving kindness, the ability to ease another’s pain, compassion, and mercy, whether it be toward animal or human, has a firm foundation in grace and spiritual freedom. Understanding is the essence of love and that love is in dire need of manifestation in this chaotic world of cruelty, violence, and abuse. Oh that all souls would deeply awaken and embrace the transformation of divine love…”
– Stephen Roberts

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“To have reverence is to acknowledge that a greater power than ourselves, a life-giving power, is at work in the universe; that we all come from the same creative hand, and we all share a common gift of life. This sense of fellow-feeling, of kinship, of “creatureliness,” is what we desperately need to recover in our dealings with animals.”
– Andrew Linzey

“I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.”
– Abraham Lincoln

“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

“…we must realize that not all people are able to move at the same pace, and that many of us are deeply attached in one form or another to the benefits of animal exploitation. We need to provide therapy and counsel to those who want to take steps toward a less exploitative world.
– Andrew Linzey

“Heart disease is a choice”
– Dr Michael Greger

“In the next ten years, one of the things you’re bound to hear is that animal protein is one of the most toxic nutrients of all that can be considered. Quite simply, the more you substitute plant foods for animal foods, the healthier you are likely to be.”
– T. Colin Campbell, PhD, nutritional biochemist, Cornell University 1983-1990

“Animals are my friends…and I don’t eat my friends.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“Lots of people talk to animals. Not very many listen, though. That’s the problem.”
– Benjamin Hoff

“I do not oppose violence simply because it is counterproductive. I oppose it because it betrays animal rights philosophy. Those who resort to such tactics really have not understood that animal rights is about the extension of moral concern to all sentient beings— humans obviously included. One cannot get to animal rights by trampling on human ones.”
– Andrew Linzey

“Using a balanced, plant-based diet, I have dramatically reduced risk factors for heart disease in countless patients.”
– Terry Shintani, MD, JD, MPH

“A growing and increasingly influential movement of philosophers, ethicists, law professors and activists are convinced that the great moral struggle of our time will be for the rights of animals.”
– Michael Pollan

“Wearing animal skins in the garden didn’t help, nor did wearing fig leaves; nor does wearing animal skins or eating their flesh today make one healthy, whole, and compassionate. What matters is a radical change of heart by grace.”
– Stephen Roberts

“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 statement. And I think it’s a strong one.”
– Isaac Bashevis Singer

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“Raising animals for food generates more greenhouse gases than all the cars and trucks in the world combined.”
– United Nations 2006 Report, Livestock’s Long Shadow –Environmental Issues and Options

“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.”
– Leo Tolstoy

“We consume the carcasses of creatures of like appetites, passions and organs as our own, and fill the slaughterhouses daily with screams of pain and fear.”
– Robert Louis Stevenson

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
– Mohandas K. Gandhi

“Auschwitz happens when people look at a slaughterhouse and think they are only animals”
– Theodore Adorno, Korn.

“If you step back and look at the data, the optimum amount of red meat you eat should be zero.”
– Walter Willett, M.D. of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, director of a study that found a close correlation between red meat consumption and colon cancer.

“Not to hurt our humble brethren (the animals) is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission – to be of service to them whenever they require it… 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

“As long as people will shed the blood of innocent creatures there can be no peace, no liberty, no harmony between people. Slaughter and justice cannot dwell together.”
– Isaac Bashevis Singer, writer and Nobel laureate (1902–1991)

“It is found that, given a constant calcium intake, a twofold increase in dietary protein high in sulfur amino acids (such as that found in animal products) produces a 50% increase in urinary calcium loss. In contrast, a diet rich in soy protein does not promote calcium loss.”
– Zemel 1988, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 48, 880

“As soon as I realized that I didn’t need meat to survive or to be in good health, I began to see how forlorn it all is. If only we had a different mentality about the drama of the cowboy and the range and all the rest of it. It’s a very romantic notion, an entrenched part of American culture, but I’ve seen, for example, pigs waiting to be slaughtered, and their hysteria and panic was something I shall never forget.”
– Cloris Leachman, Academy Award winning actress

“Jesus declares his Father as caring for the sparrows, not processing them in grinders. It is recorded that the Spirit, like a dove, descended at his baptism – God was happy to identify his very nature with this peace loving creature. God never wanted sacrifice, the blood of bulls and goats never pleased him. There was no death in Eden, and the lamb and the lion will lie down together in a future ‘Eden.'”
– Stephen Roberts

“All beings tremble before violence. 
All fear death, all love life. See 
yourself in others. Then whom can 
you hurt? What harm can you do?
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– Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha)

“Do unto others what you would want them to do for you.”
– Jesus

“My body will not be a tomb for other creatures.”
– Leonardo Da Vinci

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

“The adverse health impacts of excessive meat-eating stem in large part from what nutritionists call the “great protein fiasco”–a mistaken belief of many Westerners that they need to consume large quantities of protein. This myth, propagated as much as a century ago by health officials and governmental dietary guidelines, has resulted in Americans and other members of industrial societies ingesting twice as much protein as they need. Among the affluent, the protein myth is dangerous because of the saturated fats that accompany concentrated protein in meat and dairy products. Those fats are associated with most of the diseases of affluence that are among the leading causes of death in industrial countries: heart disease, stroke, and breast and colon cancer.”
– Alan B. Durning and Holly B. Brough, Lipton 1983; WHO 1990; Kummer 1991; Pimentel et al. 1991; NRC 1989

“Getting your nutrients from meat is like running your water through a sewer before you drink it.”
– Colleen Riordan

“We are, quite literally, gambling with the future of our planet- for the sake of hamburgers”
– Peter Singer, Animal Liberation

“Nothing more strongly arouses our disgust than cannibalism, yet we make the same impression on Buddhists and vegetarians, for we feed on babies, though not our own.”
– Robert Louis Stevenson

“What if there were health food stores on every corner in the hood, instead of liquor stores!?”
– from the book Detox Your System, Combat the Fat, and Rebuild Your Mind and Body

“Your body is a Temple. You are what you eat. Do not eat processed food, junk foods, filth, or disease carrying food, animals, or rodents. Some people say of these foods, ‘well, it tastes good’. Most of the foods today that statically cause sickness, cancer, and disease ALL TASTE GOOD; it’s well seasoned and prepared poison. THIS IS WHY SO MANY PEOPLE ARE SICK; mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually; because of being hooked to the ‘taste’ of poison, instead of being hooked on the truth and to real foods that heal and provide you with good health and wellness. Respect and honor your Temple- and it will honor you.”
– from the book Detox Your System, Combat the Fat, and Rebuild Your Mind and Body

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“None will harm or destroy another on My entire holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.”
– Isaiah (an ancient Hebrew prophet)

“Could you look an animal in the eyes and say to it, ‘My appetite is more important than your suffering’?”
– Moby

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

“On Factory Farms…many animals live virtually their entire lives in cages or stalls which restrict them from even turning around. The current treatment of animals as nothing more than biomachines for food production is resulting in enormous animal welfare problems.”
– The Vegetarian Site

“Why this frenzy of sacrifices?” God’s asking. “Don’t you think I’ve had my fill of burnt sacrifices, rams and plump grain-fed calves? Don’t you think I’ve had my fill of blood from bulls, lambs, and goats? When you come before me, whoever gave you the idea of acting like this…”
– Isaiah

“May all that have life be delivered from suffering.”
– Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha)

“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.”
– Andrew Linzey

“One day the absurdity of the almost universal human belief in the slavery of other animals will be palpable. We shall then have discovered our souls and become worthier of sharing this planet with them.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

“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

“In fact, if one person is unkind to an animal it is considered to be cruelty, but where a lot of people are unkind to animals, especially in the name of commerce, the cruelty is condoned and, once large sums of money are at stake, will be defended to the last by otherwise intelligent people”
– Ruth Harrison

“I will not kill or hurt any living creature needlessly, nor destroy any beautiful thing, but will strive to save and comfort all gentle life, and guard and perfect all natural beauty upon the earth.”
– John Ruskin

“There is no physiologic ‘need’ for us to kill and consume sea life. The omega 3 fatty acids, protein, and beef alternatives you seek can easily be found in plant foods—and, without the cholesterol, saturated fat, potential for mercury and heavy metals, and accompanying environmental loss you find in our quest for more fish. (read this article for more information)”
– Dr Richard Oppenlander, sustainability and wellness advocate, writer, and speaker

“It is an unfortunate fact that those people who are most eloquent in their demand for the conservation of animals are often those most eager to violate animal life at the first opportunity.”
– Andrew Linzey

“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.”
– Immanuel Kant

“Despite one or two minority appeals our society is not outraged at man’s unremitting use of the animal world. Ecologists and environmentalists may talk of “ecological consciousness” or “environmental responsibility” but seldom, if ever, is this responsibility articulated towards other non-human species in particular.”
– Andrew Linzey

“I became a vegan the day I watched a video of a calf being born on a factory farm. The baby was dragged away from his mother before he hit the ground. The helpless calf strained its head backwards to find his mother. The mother bolted after her son and exploded into a rage when the rancher slammed the gate on her. She wailed the saddest noise I’d ever heard an animal make, and then thrashed and …dug into the ground, burying her face in the muddy placenta. I had no idea what was happening respecting brain chemistry, animal instinct, or whatever. I just knew that this was deeply wrong. I just knew that such suffering could never be worth the taste of milk and veal. I empathized with the cow and the calf and, in so doing, my life changed.”
– James McWilliams

“It is a case of ‘Man and beast you save, O Lord. How precious is your steadfast love’ vs. ‘Man and beast we slaughter O man. How revealing is you savage appetite.’ Surely there is a way of compassion beyond the systems of slaughter? And why should ‘Blessed are the peacemakers’ stop at bombs and bullets, should it not include our knives and forks?”
– Stephen Roberts

“The human body has no more need for cows’ milk than it does for dogs’ milk, horses’ milk, or giraffes’ milk.”
– Michael Klaper

“They say that vegetable food is not sufficiently nutritious. But chemistry proves the contrary. So does physiology. So does experience.…And again: the largest and strongest animals in the world are those which eat no flesh-food of any kind – the elephant and the rhinoceros.”
– Russel Trall, M.D., Scientific Basis of Vegetarianism, p. 20

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“Every man who has ever been earnest to preserve his higher or poetic faculties in the best condition has been particularly inclined to abstain from animal food.”
– Henry David Thoreau, American author, naturalist (1812-1862)

“90% of Western disease is preventable or curable through food or lifestyle alterations.”
– Rich Roll, Vegan triathlete

“Basing our diets on plant foods (like vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes such as beans), which contain fiber and other nutrients, can reduce our risk of cancer.”
– American Institute for Cancer Research, Recommendations for Cancer Prevention

“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.”
– Sir Thomas More. Statesman and Author (1478-1535)

“Just how destructive does a culinary preference have to be before we decide to eat something else? If contributing to the suffering of billions of animals that live miserable lives and (quite often) die in horrific ways isn’t motivating, what would be? If being the number one contributor to the most serious threat facing the planet (global warming) isn’t enough, what is? And if you are tempted to put off these questions of conscience, to say not now, then when?”
– Jonathan Safran Foer, ‘Eating Animals’

“First it was necessary to civilize man in relation to man. Now it is necessary to civilize man in relation to nature and the animals.”
– Victor Hugo, French poet, novelist, author of Les Misérables

“If slaughterhouses had glass walls, we would all be vegetarian.”
– Paul McCartney

“Often, the greater our ignorance about something, the greater our resistance to change.”
– Marc Bekoff, Animals Matter: A Biologist Explains Why We Should Treat Animals with Compassion and Respect

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