The greatness of a society and its moral progress can be judged by the way it treats its animals.
'I hold today the same opinion as I held then. 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. I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.'
~ Gandhi, An Autobiography, the Story of My Experiments
"Animals are innocent casualties of the world view that asserts that some lives are more valuable than others, that the powerful are entitled to exploit the powerless, and that the weak must be sacrificed for the greater good."
~ Steven Simmons
Serenity of mind, good-heartedness, purity of nature, self-control—this is called mental austerity. ~Gitopanishad.
You can tell all you need to about a society from how it treats animals and beaches.
~ Frank DeFord
Societies that do not eat people are fascinated by those that do.
~ Ronald Wright
Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough…yet he is lord of all animals. He sets them to work, he gives back to them a bare minimum that will prevent them from starving.
~ Animal Farm (George Orwell)
from a study guide to the text of Animal Theology (Andrew Linzey)