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"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

“The Master said, “The gentleman understands what is right, whereas the petty man understands profit.” (Analects 4.16)”  Confucius

“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. ****


Marc Bekoff: Animal Emotions; those raised for food treated with egregious cruelty

Tom Regan: Empty Cages: Facing the Challenge of Animal Rights; food animals need help

Gary Francione - Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach

Francione's Animals As Persons

Bob Torres' Making A Killing

Best (Dr. Steven): The Iron Cage of Movement Bureaucracy related: Institute for Critical Animal Studies

Best & Nocella - Reflections on the Liberation of Animals

Dr. Michael W. Fox

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)

Peter Singer: Animal Liberation

An Introduction to Animal Rights: Joseph Lubinski

Vernon Coleman: Animal Rights Human Wrongs “There are three classes of people: those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see.”

Animals 24-7 Merritt Clifton Our role is to inform people who care about animals and nature, from dogs, cats, horses, marine mammals, and endangered species, to feral animals, hunted species, and so-called nuisance wildlife. Our pages present breaking news, in-depth background, and the experienced perspective of our staff and our many guest commentators. (founded 1992)

We Animals Media  HIDDEN Animals in the Anthropocene.


Dr. Will Tuttle: Time to Wake Up; The World Peace Diet

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

John Fitzgerald: Bad Hare Days

Alan Weisman: The World Without Us

Dr. Shiv Chopra - Corrupt to the Core: Memoirs of a Health Canada Whistleblower (Chopra passed away Jan. 7/18, age 84)

Former Health Canada scientist blasts government for five dangerous food production practices; Food Guide update 2017

Jonathan Balcombe: Lives Worth Living; Pleasurable Kingdom & other books

Sue Cross: How Farm Animals Live and Die; The Humane Hoax: Hope Bohanec

Barbara J. King: How Animals Grieve

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. Drawing on the work of Immanuel Kant and Aristotle, she argues that humans have a duty to value our fellow creatures not as tools, but as sentient beings capable of consciousness and able to have lives that are good or bad for them.


James McWilliams: Prey and Predator, Predator and Prey; The Modern Savage

James McWilliams Advice To Young Animal Advocates: Go To Wall Street. Get Rich. Give Back.

Joel Bakan: THE CORPORATION - The pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power; The Green Economy vs the Greed Economy  

Will Anderson:This Is Hope: Green Vegans and the New Human Ecology

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

What’s wrong—fundamentally wrong—with the way animals are treated isn’t the details that vary from case to case. It’s the whole system. The forlornness of the veal calf is pathetic, heart wrenching; the pulsing pain of the chimp with electrodes planted deep in her brain is repulsive; the slow torturous death of the raccoon caught in the leg-hold trap is agonizing. But what is wrong isn’t the pain, isn’t the suffering, isn’t the deprivation…  

The fundamental wrong is the system that allows us to view animals as our resources, here for us—to be eaten, or surgically manipulated, or exploited for sport or money. Once we accept this view of animals—as our resources—the rest is as predictable as it is regrettable.

Disrupt the norm!   Read: Institute for Critical Animal Studies