Animals are my friends … and I don’t eat my friends. – George Bernard Shaw

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

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If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian. – Paul McCartney

Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace. – Albert Schweitzer

It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind. – Albert Einstein

For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love. – Pythagoras

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi

We all love animals. Why do we call some “pets” and others “dinner”? – K.D. Lang

By eating meat we share the responsibility of climate change, the destruction of our forests, and the poisoning of our air and water. The simple act of becoming a vegetarian will make a difference in the health of our planet. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Luckily we know that you can get your protein source from many different ways, you can get it through vegetables if you are a vegetarian. I have seen many body builders that are vegetarian and they get strong and healthy. – Arnold Schwarzenegger


I became a vegetarian after realizing that animals feel afraid, cold, hungry and unhappy like we do. I feel very deeply about vegetarianism and the animal kingdom. It was my dog Boycott who led me to question the right of humans to eat other sentient beings. – Cesar Chavez

I’m not a vegetarian by any means; I eat fish. But the problem with shark finning is they catch the shark, cut their fins and throw them back in the ocean, and to me, that’s wrong. If you’re going to kill an animal, you should use the entire animal and do it humanely. I’m definitely not a big fan. – Bethany Hamilton

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My own view is that being a vegetarian or vegan is not an end in itself, but a means towards reducing both human and animal suffering and leaving a habitable planet to future generations. – Peter Singer

There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery. – Charles Darwin

The question is not, “Can they reason?” nor, “Can they talk?” but “Can they suffer?” – Jeremy Bentham

We are, quite literally, gambling with the future of our planet—for the sake of hamburgers. – Peter Singer

We can’t plead ignorance, only indifference. Those alive today are the generations that came to know better. We have the burden and the opportunity of living in the moment when the critique of factory farming broke into the popular consciousness. We are the ones of whom it will be fairly asked, What did you do when you learned the truth about eating animals? – Jonathan Safran Foer

Auschwitz begins wherever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks: they’re only animals. – Theodor W. Adorno

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