"Being kind to animals is not enough. Avoiding cruelty is not enough. Housing animals in more comfortable, larger cages is not enough. Whether we exploit animals to eat, to wear, to entertain us, or to learn, the truth of animal rights requires empty cages, not larger cages." Empty Cages by Tom Regan
"Will we rise to the challenge and prove our capacity for genuine altruism by ending our ruthless exploitation of the species in our power?" Peter Singer
"First it was necessary to civilize man in relation to man. Now it is necessary to civilize man in relation to nature and animals." Victor Hugo
“Now and then a visitor wept, to be sure; but this slaughtering machine ran on, visitors or no visitors. It was like some horrible crime committed in a dungeon, all unseen and unheeded, buried out of sight and of memory.” Upton Sinclair, The Jungle
“Cash is always the deciding factor in such matters of moral politics; nothing ever gets done unless motivated by commerce or greed.” Jasper Forde, The Eyre Affair
Sacrificing moral values on the altar of economic gain. Knowing the cost of everything & the value of nothing. ****
Maneesha Deckha Animals as Legal Beings Deckha calls for replacing the exploitative property classification for animals with a new transformative legal status or subjectivity called "beingness." (2021)
The Boy and the Fox: From Beating to Eating Animals This text is an excerpt from the Introduction to the book Critical Theory and Animal Liberation, edited by John Sanbonmatsu and published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2011
Dr. Shiv Chopra - Corrupt to the Core: Memoirs of a Health Canada Whistleblower (Chopra passed away Jan. 7/18, age 84)
Timothy Pachirat: Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight
“We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity. We cannot remain looking inwards at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet.” —Stephen Hawking
Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism by Mark Hawthorne is full of information for those interested in becoming involved in animal activism, and not sure how to begin.
Exposing the Big Game Eating meat is killing the planet, one wolf at a time; one species at a time; one ecosystem after another.
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret also exposes the destructive agriculture industry and could very well do to the meat and dairy industries what "Blackfish" is doing to SeaWorld.
May 2015: Dog By Dog Documentary
According to this film: “After conducting extensive research over many years, we came to realize that in many cases it is massive, publicly-traded corporate farming companies that are protecting puppy mills and blocking any attempts to pass humane legislation that would regulate these large scale breeding facilities.”
Times are changing, though. Animal rights, and the recognition of animals as sentient beings, has become an important social, legal, and moral one.
July 18, 2019 In her new book, “Fellow Creatures: Our Obligations to the Other Animals,” Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Philosophy Christine Korsgaard makes the case that humans are not inherently more important than animals & therefore should treat them much better than we do.
The cruelty and torture inflicted upon defenseless animals is an aberration of justice and a violation of the innocent at its core.
Sept. 2019: Eating right is more important now than ever, says Jonathan Safran Foer. Foer’s latest book, We Are The Weather, is an ode to collective action, arguing that food should be the focus of the climate conversation. “We must either let some eating habits go or let the planet go,” he writes. “It is as straightforward and as fraught as that.”
Our behavior and the relationships that arise from it are at the centre of every issue that troubles us: human overpopulation, loss of biodiversity and healthy ecosystems, poverty, the violated rights of individuals from other species, climate change, waste, and social and economic injustice, to name a few.
Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity. George Bernard Shaw
Let me say it openly: we are surrounded by an enterprise of degradation, cruelty, and killing which rivals anything the Third Reich was capable of, indeed dwarfs it, in that ours is an enterprise without end, self-regenerating, bringing rabbits, rats, poultry, livestock ceaselessly into the world for the purpose of killing them. J. M. Coetzee, The Lives of Animals
"In this culture, especially with regard, or lack of regard, to nonhuman animals, it is often easier to get away with murder than it is to save lives." David Sztybel, Canadian philosopher in animal ethics
Disrupt the norm!