quotations about animals
We kill millions of animals a day for food. If they have the right to bodily liberty, it's basically a holocaust.
APATHYNIHILISM, user comment, "Are Animals 'Things'?", Harvard Magazine, March/April 2016
Animals, according to many traditions, were once protected from a global flood by entering the shelter of an ark. Today, many of those same animal species face a new catastrophic flood, but this time the deadly downpour is caused by humans. Animals around the world confront a rain of bullets, poisonings, traps, and snares. Some of the most emblematic animals on this planet -- tigers, elephants, rhinos -- are closer to extinction than salvation.
YURY FEDOTOV, "World wildlife day: Animals are being slaughtered one by one, not saved two by two", The Guardian, March 2, 2016
Hey, you're pretty smart. You got through school, you probably tied your own shoes this morning -- you're doing great champ. As humans, we tend to think that we're the smartest things around. We do things like drive cars, invent computers and make frappuccinos, whereas the animals are still running around outside, all naked and stuff and occasionally getting predated on. However, imagining that we're at the top of the intellectual food chain shows a great deal of ignorance, which is sort of the problem in the first place. Animals have got a lot to deal with out there in the wild, so you can be damn sure they've got to have their wits about them. We're not even just talking about teaching gorillas sign language or horses to count, some of these guys can use complex maths and even design public infrastructure.
STEVIE SHEPHARD, "9 Animals That Are Probably Smarter Than You", What Culture, February 23, 2016
For animals, the current outlook may appear bleak: animals undergo abhorrent levels of suffering, especially on the farm and in laboratories, and help has not come from our legal system. Laws that grant animals greater protections must overcome disinterested legislatures and the powerful and wealthy animal agriculture and pharmaceutical lobbies. As a result, animals are subject to almost no protections.
DANIEL SONDIKE, "In Winning Rights for Animals, Approaches Differ", The Harvard Law Record, March 9, 2016
Every day there are legally sanctioned atrocities of torture, abuse and death occurring in the private sector. It is of such a magnitude that it eclipses the number of lives lost in all of the world wars, the holocaust, 911 and subsequent terrorist attacks combined. The perpetrators of these abuses are factory farms, also known as intensive industrial farm operations. They are large-scale agri-businesses that supply 98% of all the food produced in the United States. The victims are nine billion animals killed each year for food in the U.S. That number reaches 70 billion globally, or six million animals per hour. Some might say that it is unfair to compare human lives with nonhuman animals, but the overwhelming scientific evidence of their sentience and their ability to feel pain as much as we do, puts us in the same category.
PAT HARMON, "The Secret Atrocities of Factory Farming", The Bridgeport News, March 11, 2016
Misleading marketing campaigns show animals roaming around the fields, but the reality is that they never breathe fresh air or see the sunlight. Animals are treated like biological machines where they are crammed into cages so small that they cannot stand up or stretch their limbs for their whole lives.
PAT HARMON, "The Secret Atrocities of Factory Farming", The Bridgeport News, March 22, 2016
Early in the 20th century zoos were having trouble keeping animals alive. We didn't understand how to look after them properly, we didn't know what they ate and we didn't know how to keep them. These days the animals are living so long that we are seeing problems with bones and joints, heart disease, kidney disease and cancer. The question now is how much veterinary intervention is appropriate in zoos?
MARK STIDWORTHY, "Zoos filling up with geriatric animals as medical advances extend life expectancy", The Independent, March 11, 2016
It wasn't that long ago that children, wives, blacks ... were all considered property. But as societies began to comprehend these groups had feelings (can't say they just began to comprehend they were human as many viewed blacks not as "men" but as animals), they began to understand that they had rights; rights white men had had all along. Now we're in the 21st Century and we are seeing progress on how animals should be viewed and treated. They are not property, they are not things. They feel every emotion that humans feel -- with the exception of hate, greed, lust and idolatry. Somehow those special emotions only developed within the "superior" species.
JBDEAN, user comment, "Are Animals 'Things'?", Harvard Magazine, March/April 2016
Humans are a self-absorbed species. Sometimes we forget that we share this planet with millions of other creatures. While we pride ourselves on our uniqueness, a number of recent studies reveal that our animal friends are more like us--or at least more attuned to our ways--than might be expected.
ARI PHILLIPS, "Science is rapidly revealing just how smart animals are", Fusion, February 11, 2016
My animals are a pain the backside.... I wake up most mornings with Abby, the cat, sitting on my chest, and Ruby, the dog, sitting next to me staring a hole through me, each trying to use their telepathic powers to encourage me to get up to feed them breakfast. Per the norm, I feed them before I feed myself.
JODY FULLER, "My animals are a pain in my backside", The LaFayette Sun, February 27, 2016
Since the dawn of Western civilization, anthropocentrism -- the notion that the world and its inhabitants exist exclusively for human beings -- has infiltrated nearly every corner of the globe. The conceptual separation of humans from "nature" is at the core of this belief system, as is the notion that other-than-human animals are unthinking, unfeeling automatons. The colonial legacies that imposed these beliefs upon the world's many cultures continue to cause great suffering for humans and other-than-human animals alike and give rise to things like factory farms, cruel experiments, and entertainment facilities like SeaWorld.
LAURA BRIDGEMAN, "Dolphins Are Persons Too, Why it's Time We Recognize Legal Rights of Animals", One Green Planet, February 17, 2016
Now, of the various parts or faculties of the soul--whichever may be the proper term by which to designate them--the only ones with which we need now concern ourselves are those which belong to all such living things as possess not only life but animality. For, though an animal must necessarily be a living thing, living things are by no means of necessity animals; for plants live, and yet are without sensation, which is the distinctive characteristic of an animal. And the part in which is lodged that faculty of the soul in virtue of which a thing lives must also be the part in which is lodged that faculty in virtue of which we call it an animal.
ARISTOTLE, On Youth & Old Age, Life & Death