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"Spirit II" by Parrish

"The animals, you say, were 'sent' for man's free use and nutriment.
Pray, then, inform me, and
be candid, why came they eons before man did, to spend long
centuries on earth awaiting their
devourer's birth? Those ill-timed chattels, sent from heaven,
were, sure, the maddest gift ever
given 'sent' for man's use (can man believe it?) when there was
no man to receive it!"
~Henry Salt

"If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and
gratitude, then animals are better off
than a lot of humans."
~ Dr. James Herriot

"We can not have peace among men whose hearts find delight in killing
any living creature"
~ Rachel Carson

"We did not weave the web of life; we are merely a strand in it.
Whatever we do to the web, we
do to ourselves. All things connect."
~ Chief Seattle

bengal tiger

"I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of the whole human being."
~Abraham Lincoln

"I am sometimes asked "Why do you spent so much of your time and money talking about kindness to animals when there is so much cruelty to men?" I answer: "I am working at the roots."
~George T.Angell

"The love of animals, like the love of our neighbor, is not a gift to be
condescendingly bestowed,
but a profound and humble acceptance of their kinship."
~ Robert R. Logan

red wolf

"We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the devil in human form."
~William Ralph Inage



"Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms."
~George Eliot

"All beings tremble before violence. All fear death, all love life. See
yourself in others. Then whom
can you hurt? What harm can you do?"
~Buddha

"The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each
is different."
~Hippocrates

cheetah

"The butcher relenteth not at the bleating of the lamb; neither is the
heart of the cruel moved with
distress. But the tears of the compassionate are sweeter than
dew-drops, falling from roses on the
bosom of spring."
~Akhenaton

"As we talked of freedom and justice one day for all, we sat down to
steaks. I am eating misery, I
thought, as I took the first bite. And spit it out."
~Alice Walker

"You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

hummingbird

"Killing animals for sport, for pleasure, for adventures, and for hides
and furs is a phenomenon
which is at once disgusting and distressing. There is no
justification in indulging in such acts of
brutality."
~His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet

"There is no fundamental difference between man and the higher animals
in their mental faculties...
The lower animals, like man, manifestly feel pleasure and pain,
happiness, and misery."
~Charles Darwin

Great Spirit, give us hearts to understand;
never to take from creation's beauty more than we give;
never to destroy wantonly for the furtherance of greed;
never to deny to give our hands for the building of
earth's beauty;
never to take from her what we cannot use.

Give us hearts to understand that to destroy earth's music is to create confusion;
that to wreck her appearance is to blind us to beauty;
that to callously pollute her fragrance is to make a house
of stench;
that as we care for her she will care for us.

We have forgotten who we are.
We have sought only our own security.
We have exploited simply for our own ends.
We have distorted our knowledge.
We have abused our power.

Great Spirit, whose dry lands thirst,
help us to find the way to refresh your lands.
Great Spirit, whose waters are choked with debris and
pollution, help us to find the way to cleanse your waters.
Great Spirit, whose beautiful earth grows ugly with
misuse, help us to find the way to restore beauty to your
handiwork.
Great Spirit, whose creatures are being destroyed,
help us to find a way to replenish them.
Great Spirit, whose gifts to us are being lost in selfishness and corruption, help us to find the way to restore our humanity.
~Author Unknown

kitten

"I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals."
~Henry David Thoreau

"...if one person is unkind to an animal, it is considered to be cruelty, but where a lot of people are unkind to animals, especially in the name of commerce, the
cruelty is condoned and, once sums of money are at stake, will be defended to the last by otherwise intelligent people."
~Ruth Harrison

Dr. Albert Schweitzer

"As far back as I can remember I was saddened by the amount of misery I saw in the world around me. Youth's unqualified joie de vivre I never really knew, and I believe that to be the case with many children, even though they appear outwardly merry and quite free from care.

One thing that specially saddened me was that the unfortunate animals had to suffer so much pain and misery. The sight of an old limping horse, tugged forward by one man while another kept beating it with a stick to get it to the knacker's yard at Colmar, haunted me for weeks.

It was quite incomprehensible to me--this was before I began going to school--why in my evening prayers I should pray for human beings only. So when my mother had prayed with me and had kissed me goodnight, I used to add silently a prayer that I had composed myself for all living creatures. It ran thus: 'O, heavenly Father, protect and bless all things that have breath; guard them from all evil, and let them sleep in peace.'"
~Dr. Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965), from "The Light Within Us"