references and quotes

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

"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

"The life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being."
 Mahatma Gandhi

"Animals are more than ever a test of our character, of mankind's capacity for empathy and for decent, honourable conduct and faithful stewardship.....We are called to treat them with kindness, not because they have rights or power or some claim to equality, but in a sense because they don't; because they all stand unequal and powerless before us".
Matthew Scully, from " Dominion"

"Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to humankind".
Albert Schweitzer

"Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for our survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet."
Albert Einstein

"Any interpretation of scripture that contradicts a rational understanding of God's goodness and mercy, is incorrect"
The Pope.

" But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh we deprive a soul of sun and light and that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy".
 Plutarch (AD 46-c.120)

"While people suffer and die of starvation in Central and South America, these regions ship their grain to the U.S. to feed cows, pigs and chickens so that we can satisfy our desire for animal flesh, milk and eggs."
Fr. John Dear, S.J.

"People who consume animal products are 40 percent more susceptible to cancer and are more likely to suffer from stroke, appendicitis, diabetes and food poisoning. Additionally, meat contains pesticides and chemicals up to 14 times more concentrated than those in plant foods. If we want to live a healthy, wholesome, full life, we are wise to become vegetarians".
Fr. John Dear SJ

"There are compelling moral, spiritual and scriptural reasons to abstain from meat. The raising, transportation and slaughtering of food animals entails mistreatment and suffering of literally billions of creatures each year, in addition to the massive damage to the environment. Indeed, raising livestock is more destructive in depleting topsoil, groundwater and energy resources than all other human activities combined, as well as causing enormous environmental damage such as clearing of forests, destruction of wildlife habitat and pollution of rivers and lakes. And the consumption of meat and dairy products linked to high rates of cancer, heart disease, strokes and other potentially fatal health disorders. Therefore refraining from eating meat helps prevent cruelty to animals and promotes protection of the environment and the health of one's body, the 'Temple of the Lord'. For all these reasons, a vegetarian diet is a good way of maintaining a lifestyle consistent with the humane and ecological spirit of the scriptures."
Author Lewis Regenstein

"The choice before us is no longer violence or non-violence; It's non-violence or non-existence."
Dr. Martin Luther King

"In God's initial and ideal world, represented in the book of Genesis by the Garden of Eden, there was no suffering, no exploitation and no violence at all. People and animals were vegetarian, as we read in the first chapter of Genesis: God said, 'See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all Earth and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food"(1.29).

"Some biblical scholars conclude that Jesus didn't eat meat. All agree that Jesus wants us to practice perfect compassion throughout our lives. As we've seen the world we live in today is a world of poverty, starvation, violence and environmental destruction and eating meat only entrenches these problems."
Fr. John Dear, S.J.

"Non humans will continue to be exploited until there is a revolution of the human spirit, and that will not happen without visionaries trying to change the paradigm that has become accustomed to and tolerant of patriarchal violence"
Gary Francione, law professor

"We need to understand that if we're eating meat, (or using leather) we are paying people to be cruel to animals"
Fr. John Dear, S.J.

" Be the change you want to see in the world".
Mahatma Gandhi

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