“Killing animals for sport, for pleasure, for adventures, and for hides and furs is a phenomenon which is at once disgusting and distressing. There is no justification in indulging in such acts of brutality.” —Dalai Lama
“It is the fate of every truth to be an object of ridicule when it is first acclaimed. It was once considered foolish to suppose that black men were really human beings and ought to be treated as such. What was once foolish has now become a recognized truth. Today it is considered as exaggeration to proclaim constant respect for every form of life as being the serious demand of a rational ethic. But the time is coming when people will be amazed that the human race existed so long before it recognized that thoughtless injury to life is incompatible with real ethics. Ethics is in its unqualified form extended responsibility to everything that has life.” — Albert Schweitzer
“I must interpret the life about me as I interpret the life that is my own. My life is full of meaning to me. The life around me must be full of significance to itself. If I am to expect others to respect my life, then I must respect the other life I see, however strange it may be to mine… . We need a boundless ethics which will include the animals also.” — — Dr. Albert Schweitzer, Civilization and Ethics, Nobel Prize 1952.
“My wife, Kimora, once told me while we were watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre that that’s a vegetarian movie. The way that woman was screaming, “Aaaahhh,” and she’s running away that’s how every animal you eat is running for his life …” —Russell Simmons