"Hear our humble prayer, God, for our friends the animals who are suffering; for any that are hunted or lost or deserted or frightened or hungry... We entreat for them all Thy mercy and pity, and for those who deal with them we ask a heart of compassion and gentle hands and kindly words. Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to animals and so to share the blessings of the merciful."
"I think there will come a time when civilized people will look back in horror on our generation and the
ones that have preceded it; the idea that we should eat other living things running around on four legs,
that we should raise them just for the purpose of killing them! The people of the future will say
'meat-eaters' in disgust and regard us in the same way that we regard cannibals and cannibalism."
"People must have renounced, it seems to me, all natural intelligence to dare to advance that animals are
but animated machines.... It appears to me, besides, that such people can never have observed with
attention the character of animals, not to have distinguished among them the different voices of need, of
suffering, of joy, of pain, of love, of anger, and of all their affections. It would be very strange
that they should express so well what they could not feel."
"The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral
significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion
is the only guarantee of morality."
"One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing
it into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, 'What are you doing?' The youth replied, 'Throwing
starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them back,
they'll die.' 'Son,' the man said, 'don't you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of
starfish? You can't make a difference!' After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another
starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said 'I made a difference for