Thoughts About Vegetarianism II
Golden Drops of Bare Truths - Part 2
"Omega-3 fatty acids! No need to eat fish for this nutrient. Walnuts in particular, have you covered there. Nuts in general have recently been found to be tremendous powerhouses of nutrition, being packed with antioxidants, protein, calcium, magnesium and potassium. Plus their ability to lower harmful cholesterol without affecting beneficial high-density lipoprotein (the good cholesterol). A recent San Francisco Chronicle article said that nuts act like 'arterial Dran-O,' not only clearing out life-threatening fatty plaque from one's bloodstream but widening artery walls and reducing high blood pressure. Nuts have also been shown to suppress the growth of cancers. Nuts in moderation can provide essential satiety for the dieter trying to adhere to a reducing plan. Weight loss can be more permanent for the nut eater as well." (VivaVegie Society)
"Epicures dig their graves with their teeth."
Isaac Bashevis Singer (Nobel Laureate)
"People often say that humans have always eaten animals, as if this were a justification for continuing the practice. According to this logic, we should not try to prevent people from murdering other people, since this has also been done since the earliest of times."
"The shriek was followed by another, louder and yet more agonizing, for once started upon that journey, the hog never came back. One by one the men hooked up the hogs and slit their throats. There was a line of hogs with squeals and lifeblood ebbing away - until at last each vanished into a huge vat of boiling water (some still alive). The hogs were so innocent. They came so very trustingly. They were so very human in their protests. They had done nothing to deserve it."
"The eating of meat extinguishes the great seed of compassion."
John Harvey Kellogg, M.D., LL.D., F.A.C.S.
"Milk. It is so unclean that it is unsafe to use as food without pasteurization, and even pasteurization does not render it entirely safe because this process does not destroy the spores of the pernicious Welch's bacillus and other putrefactive organisms. So though much of the milk used in the cities is pasteurized, it cannot be relied upon as a source of vitamins. Also, among other things milk is lacking in iron." (The Natural Diet of Man)
"If you can't conceive of beating an animal, you shouldn't conceive of eating an animal." (Quoted in Animal Rights Online)
Paul & Pauline Blacker
"Child actress Shirley Temple sang 'Button Up Your Overcoat' back in the 30's (Words and Music by B.G. DeSylva, Lew Brown and Ray Henderson). Below, a segment of the lyrics cautions against eating the flesh of animals: 'Take good care of yourself - you belong to me. Don't eat meats - ooh-ooh. You'll get a pain - and ruin your tum-tum.'" (Printed in Vegetarian Voice)
"The Wienermobile entices children to eat meat in the same way Jo Camel enticed children to smoke. Meat leads to heart attacks, cancer, strokes, and a host of other illnesses and is as bad for your health as smoking. The Wienermobile is the meat industry's Joe Camel. If kids knew the miserable conditions pigs are raised in, and killed, they wouldn't want to be an Oscar Mayer wiener!"
Dr. John Harvey Kellogg
"A cow or a lamb lying dead in the prairie are considered carrion. The same corpses in a butcher shop are considered food!"
"'The Cow's Lament': Our skins they use for leather, Our flesh they eat for meat. Our bones they cook for marrow, To make their Jello treat. Our milk is taken everyday, To make butter cheese and cream. We're kept caged and exploited most of our lives, Of Happiness, we can't even dream. Our children are stolen right after their birth, Then confined in pens to make veal. Fed tasteless gruel to make them anemic, So they'll be tender for some human's meal. The life of a cow is a terrible thing, We're just used like another resource. The ranchers don't care as long as they profit, McDonald's has little remorse. Our hope is the animal people, The vegans who care for our plight. Who continue to work and to protest our treatment, And refuse to give up the fight!"
Scott Adams (writer of Dilbert)
"You're thinking I'm one of those wise-ass California vegetarians who is going to tell you that eating a few strips of bacon is bad for your health. I'm not. I say it's a free country and you should be able to kill yourself at any rate you choose, as long as your cold dead body is not blocking my driveway."
"Bugs for lunch anyone??? 'Cochineal' a.k.a. 'Carmine', a bug native to South America, was brought to the US where his crushed body is used to make colorants for the food and cosmetic industries, as well as additives. A documentary showed this and also reported that besides containing cochineal, a TV pizza may have 30 or more fly eggs and 2 or more maggots per 100 grams!"
"We are about 24 million vegetarians in the U.S.A. alone."
William Harris, M.D.
"Health vegetarians cheat like crazy, and every 'chicken'n fish' cheat is an unhealthy step backwards. But ethical vegetarians would no sooner eat that stuff than tie into their next-door neighbor."
Richard H. Schwartz
"Pate foie gras (chopped liver). A duck or goose is restrained and a metal pipe is shoved down his throat and into his stomach. A massive quantity of corn is pressure-driven down his pipe. This force-feeding takes place three to five times a day for a month and transforms the 2- to 3-ounce liver into a 1- to 2-pound mass known as foie gras. Rabbi David Rosen, former Chief Rabbi of Ireland and currently a leading Israeli educator said, 'It should be obvious that foie gras is produced in a manner that is in complete contravention of the Torah's prohibition of causing za'arba'alei chayim (pain to animals). Any truly God-revering Jew will not partake of such 1a product which is an offense against the Creator and His Torah.'" (Printed in 'Inside')
Dr. Karen Davis, of United Poultry Concerns
"Turkeys. They're merely the annual scapegoat for the resentment Americans feel about having to endure terrible traffic to spend a day with relatives they can't stand, and then proclaim their gratitude." (From article in the Washington Post, Style Section)
"'The First Hamburger (a Midrash)' - A summary: once animals talked like people and every living being ate only grass, nuts and berries. No one even thought of killing another living being to eat, until Noah wanted a hamburger. One night Noah dreamed of a hamburger and when he woke up he wanted it badly. But he wasn't sure what it was and asked his friend the cow. The cow gave him a puzzled look and asked, 'What's a hamburger?' 'I don't know', answered Noah, 'but I want one!' 'Have some more grass and forget about it,' said the cow. So Noah asked the same of the snake, who was the smartest of all the animals. The snake whispered in Noah's ear, 'To get one, you have to make one.' 'But how to make one?' asked Noah with great interest. 'You first have to kill a cow, and then you have to chop up her meat, and then you have to fry it in a pan!' Noah was shocked, 'But the cow is my friend, and she is a living being just like me.' 'I can't do all that!' But by this time Noah wanted a hamburger really, really badly! So he did just what the snake told him and the first hamburger tasted delicious. When Noah came again to the fields, everything was different. The birds flew away from him. The cows and sheep and buffalo ran away from him. The fish swam away from him in a hurry. Noah couldn't understand what had happened to his friends, the animals. And he could not find even one animal who would explain it to him. In fact, since the day when Noah ate the first hamburger, no animal has ever talked to a person! They are still too angry.'" (printed by Jewish Vegetarians)
"(On seeing some sheep driven into this town one summer day)
Coming down the busy street
On little tired, stumbling feet,
Here, O Christians, comes your meat.
Dusty, dirty - one is lame,
He is driven just the same,
Driven to his Gethsemane,
That you may have lamb chops for tea.
Mouths are open, panting, wide;
You may see the tongues inside
Tongues you shall tomorrow eat,
Rejoice, O Christians, here is meat!"
(From 'Verses' by Elspeth Douglas Reid)
John Harvey Kellogg, M.D., LL.D., F.A.C.S.
"The business of slaughtering animals is a training school for murderers. Some time ago a boy murderer, less than a dozen years of age, took the lives of several children and playmates, enticing them into a neglected cellar for the purpose, and there cutting their throats from ear to ear. He was the son of a butcher who was assisted in the business by his wife. It is a significant fact that in most countries it is a recognized custom to exclude butchers from juries in the trial of cases of murder." (The Natural Diet of Man)
John Harvey Kellogg, M.D., LL.D., F.A.C.S.
"... according to the Biblical account (Gen. 9), when man was given permission to kill animals and eat their flesh, animals were also given permission to slay and eat human beings: 'And your life will I seek; at the hand of every beast will I seek it.'" ("The Natural Diet of Man"; Publisher note: A careful study of the early origin and transmission of the Bible cannon, reviews the startling fact that many original Bible books that supported the humane diet were deliberately deleted by the early Popes of Rome, all evidence of vegetarianism being completely removed.)
"Are You Confused?"
"It all depends on who paid for the research! Most all research is done and/or sponsored by te commercial food industries involved. The giant, multi-billion dollar food processing, and chemical and drug industries finance most of the nutrition research in the USA, both in private research centers and in the form of grants to the various universities."
Patty Jaymes, "The Dairy Cow"
"Exploited, neglected, yet gentle and mild,
Trusting, dependent and meek as a child,
A calf-bearing, milk-giving, living machine
Sentenced to terrors unknown and unseen.
She's led from the orchards and fields she has known
To share the grim fate of her offspring, alone,
With nothing to comfort her, no one to care
Or quiet her anguished laments of despair.
She's killed like her kindred, so woefully born
With little to bury and few who will mourn
Her agonized death, or its premature knell
In blood-reeking slaughterhouse chambers of hell.
She's brutally butchered along with the rest,
Her heart draining blood as it pounds in her breast,
And screams of the dying all echo her fears
As death softly muffles the horror she hears.
The tongue that she used when cudding her hay,
While drowsing in pasture lands yesterday
Is eaten by humans, every part,
Along with her flesh and benevolent heart.
It should be remembered her severed remains
Were once something living off grasses and grains,
Who never had killed, not did any meat crave -
Yet now is condemned to some stomach's warm grave.
With skilled self-deception her murderers find
Expedient dogmas to coddle their minds
Or quote from the scriptures a custom or rule
To justify systems inherently cruel.
With false proclamations her murderers' creeds
Keep rationalizing their barbarous deeds,
But nothing can sanction avoidable crime,
And life less than human is not less sublime.
Oh when will the beasts of the air, sea and earth
Be thought of as each owning singular worth,
With reverence that's based on a kindness which springs
From knowing life's precious to all living things?
Oh when will man find that no gain can abate
The crimes homocentric endeavors create?
Oh when will man find his brutality grim
And note how his cruelty diminishes him?
Oh when will man, cherishing all life, seek ways
To break savage shackles of flesh-eating days,
And feed on the vegetable fruits of the land
With an appetite worthy of civilized man?"
(Patty Jaymes, shot/killed by fiancee because of her animal rights militancy; he also killed her step-father, then himself!)
"On the bible there's a chapter referring to certain animals such as pigs being unclean. In the original version the prohibition was that it was unclean for a person TO EAT these animals, that the act was unclean and that the person was unclean for doing it, NOT that the animals themselves were unclean. But somehow the wording has been switched."
"'Child Thanksgiving': Instead of playing with toys, The rocking horse with the gold and red saddle, I listened through the stick-propped-up window to play with gobbles. The women, proud about their selection of spices Danced in the glow from the wood stove's opened door; The men by the parlor fireplace chewed words And spit out opinions on politics. I picked up a pair of scissors to cut away the wire And let the turkey fly away."
Howard Lyman (Ex cattle rancher-turned vegetarian advocate)
"Only about 10% of wild animals eat other animals."
Companion in World Farming
"After learning how feathers are removed from ostriches before they are slaughtered, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) officials in the UK turned down a south African abattoir's bid to supply ostrich meat to the UK. The ostriches, who are blindfolded first, are herded into a pen where workers rip out handfuls of feathers from the frightened, struggling birds. About five minutes later the ostriches, streaming blood and covered with bumps where their feather have been removed, are sent into a holding pen to await slaughter."
Revd J. Tyssul Davis (1872-1944)
"Why is it that kindly persons, people endowed with pity and compassion, folk of quick sympathy, who have tears for the lightest ailment of their pet cat or dog, can endure this daily rottenness, this daily massacre, this sacrifice the voices of whose victims rise up to heaven in wearisome lament, in an unending stream of despairing appeal? The outstanding reasons are an utter dearth of imagination and the terrific power of habit. There is not a single person present who would or could be so heartless, or so blood-thirsty, or so barbarous as to go out and prepare a dinner by taking a lamb frolicing in the field, 'the lamb that looks you in the face', as Shelley said, and kill it. There is not one who would have the heart to stay it in its innocent play, and deprive it of its life, of its game with its companions in the pasture; not one who could descend to this unmentionable savagery." (Quoted in It is the Privilage of Power to Protect)
John Lame Deer (1900-)
"You don't want the bird. You don't have the courage to kill honestly - cut off the chicken's head, pluck it and gut it - no, you don't want this anymore. So it all comes in a neat plastic bag, all cut up, ready to eat, with no taste and no guilt. Your mink and seal coats, you don't want to know about the blood and pain that went into making them. Your idea of war - sit in an airplane, way above the clouds, press a buttton, drop the bombs, and never look below the clouds - that's the odorless, guiltless, sanitized way."
Arthur C. Benson (1862-1925)
"... Then, too, he never seems quite at home in his deplorably filthy surroundings; he looks at you, up to the knees in ooze, out of his little eyes, as if he would live in a more cleanly way, if he were permitted. Pigs always remind me of the mariners of Homer, who were transformed by Circe; there is a dreadful humanity about them, as if they were trying to indure their base conditions philosophically by waiting for their release." (The Thread of Gold)
Neal D. Barnard, M.D., President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Washington, D.C.
"The beef industry has contributed to more American deaths than all the wars of this century, all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined. If beef is your idea of real food for real people, you'd better live real close to a real good hospital."
Prussian Prime Minister, Founder and Chancellor of the German Empire, 1815-1898
"The less people know about how sausages and laws are made, the better they'll sleep at night."
"My dad took me to a medical conference where there was a demonstration of animal testing, laser surgery on a chicken. I was so mad that a chicken had to die, I never ate meat again. Then in Sixth Grade, we dissected a fish. I got so sick, I never ate fish again."
Slovenian President Dr. Janez Drnovsek
"Would it not be more harmonious if we did not associate religious celebrations directly with ham and other non-spiritual symbols? Do really so many animals have to die when we celebrate higher consciousness and try to develop spiritually? The answer is clear: of course not."
Governor Rod R. Blagojevich
"It's past time to stop slaughtering horses in Illinois and sending their meat overseas. I'm proud to sign this law that finally puts an end to this practice."
"Livestock farming is one of the biggest destroyers of the planet. When you see the Amazon being cut down for hamburger cattle, that's pretty obvious. And it's all done in the name of something that benefits humans, when in fact it's the opposite. It's all about attitudes, no one thinks they're the one who has to change."
"We all love animals. Why do we call some pets and others 'dinner'?"
Geoffrey Giuliano, former "Ronald McDonald," now a vegetarian
"I want to apologize for helping to brainwash young people into doing what I know is wrong - eating burgers and other meat."
"There is shit in the meat." (Fast Food Nation)
"Wow, wow, wow! I never imagined meatless meals could be so satisfying. I had been focused on what I had to give up - sugar, gluten, alcohol, meat, chicken, fish, eggs, cheese. 'What's left?' I thought. Apparently a lot. I can honestly say every meal was a surprise and a delight, beginning with breakfast - strawberry rhubarb wheat-free crepes."
"How can you say you're trying to spiritually evolve, without even a thought about what happens to the animals whose lives are sacrificed in the name of gluttony?"
Jens Holm, Swedish MEP
"Meat consumption destroys the climate more than the transport sector. Europeans eat far too much meat and the consumption of animal products must urgently be reduced. Croatia could be a pioneer contry in Europe in concrete measures to obtain such a reduction. I can promise that would be very welcomed among many of us in the European Parliament."
"Probably the only reason there are any tigers left is because they don't taste good."
Bruce Friedrich, vice president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
"I may not be a scientist, but I think the answer is obvious: Having meat to eat is not worth changing the world's climate, killing animals - both pigs and polar bears - and ourselves."
"I know, in my soul, that to eat a creature who is raised to be eaten, and who never has a chance to be a real being, is unhealthy. It's like...you're just eating misery. You're eating a bitter life." (The Color Purple)
"I can smell burning flesh and I hope to God it's human. The smell of burning animals is making me sick. I just couldn't bear it."
"The fact that the meat on my plate was once a living, breathing creature became something I could no longer ignore or justify as food."
"Many of us feel helpless in the face of environmental challenges and it can be hard to know how to sort through the advice about what we can do to make a meaningful contribution to a cleaner, more sustainable, healthier world. Having one designated meat free day a week is actually a meaningful change that everyone can make, that goes to the heart of several important political, environmental and ethical issues all at once."
Davey Havok, AFI singer
"I became a vegetarian out of compassion for animals and to live as healthy as possible. I realized soon after that I was truly concerned with nonviolent consumption and my own health, a vegan diet was the best decision."
"The way our culture thinks about animals, (or doesn't think about them) and their lives and how they think and that they feel pain and that they scream - all those things, its just astounding to me when you find that people call themselfs animal lovers and eat meat."
"The vegan diet in the western industrial society is important to me because I feel that if you open yourself up to eating dairy and meat then you're taking part in basically a holocaust for animals."
Tim McIlrath, Rise Against singer
"If we can make vegetarianism, veganism, work on the road, you can make it work at home. All four members of Rise Against, none of us eat meat."
"Anything that gets people to stop eating meat, I'm for that."
Joe Principe, bassist for Rise Against
"I think that the idea behind animals as products, selling animals like that, is a wrong thing. They are living creatures that feel pain, and I don't believe in that, so I'm vegetarian."
"Other than environmental and humane concerns, the refusal of meat consumption is also the best way to protest against the inhumanity and cruelty in factory farms, during transport and during the slaughter of billions of animals that are sacrificed and eaten each year."
"My perspective of veganism was most affeced by learning that the veal calf is a by-product of dariying, and that in essence there is a slice of veal in every glass of what I had thought was an innocuous white liquid-milk."
"Veganism gives us all the opportunity to say what we 'stand for' in life - the ideal of healthy, humane living. Add decades of health to your life, with a clear conscience as a bonus."
"I chose to be vegan initially as an energetic pursuit, as meat and dairy slowed me down, but have since become convinced that it is not only the most healthy way to live, but also the most compassionate and ecologically responsible way."
"To produce foie gras, ducks and geese are force-fed by having metal pipes shoved down their throats. Corn mush is pumped into their stomachs, two or three times a day, every day for weeks... The pipes sometimes puncture their throats, causing severe injuries that make it painful or even impossible for them to drink."
Vegan bodybuilder Robert Cheeke
"The standard diet of a meat-eater is blood, flesh, veins, muscles, tendons, cow secretions, hen periods and bee vomit. And once a year during a certain holiday in November, meat-eaters use the hollowed-out rectum of a dead bird as a pressure cooker for stuffing. And people think vegans are weird because we eat tofu?"
"I live with a responsibility to myself and everyone on our planet. Above all, this means that I am careful about what I put into my body. I used to be a vegetarian, but now I am a vegan. This means that I initially stopped eating meat, and now I don't consume animal products of any kind. We live in a society that celebrates wealth and prosperity, yet our hospitals have never been more crowded and people have never been less content. Obviously something seriously wrong is happening. Yet, most people are not ready to take responsibility for their own lives, but instead expect to receive help and answers from others."
Angela Cropper, UNEP Deputy Executive Director
"On World Environment Day, we hope people everywhere become more conscious of the world behind the products we buy and the impacts they cause, often on the other side of the world. Our aim is to inform business, policy makers and consumers about environmental impacts of our every day consumption."
Band The Storm
"Veganism is our contribution to a peaceful, nonviolent and free world. We do not want to be a part of the systematic mass murder, in which people become just more and more insensitive and therefore violence and discrimination are commonplace."
Melissa (Naked Vibrations)
"Vegetarianism and veganism are not short fashion trends that you take up but rather a philosophy of life. It is a small step to a positive difference in today's times. One hears constantly from climate change, snow melting, etc. and asks how we can participate as individuals in order to improve something. Eating no meat and consuming no milk products can reverse such problems. In addition, animals are sensitive creatures just like us and have a right to live. And almost everybody knows that too much animal products are not healthy for our bodies. I hope that more and more people become aware of what we can achieve as individuals and that everyone makes a difference!"
Bruno Hoch, Croatian veterinarian
"Confining pigs in small spaces can be compared with the prisoners in jail, because it is not the same whether 15 of them or three of them are in the 30 square meters."
"I ate, like, the tiniest piece of meat, and I woke up violently sick. It was vicious pain. I was throwing up. And I realized meat's become a poison for me now. It's been eight months with this vegan stuff, but I get these explosions of energy. I don't know how long they last, but they're like explosions. So powerful."
Dr. Zvonimir Satalic from the Faculty of Nutrition and Biotechnology in Zagreb
"Vegetarian lifestyle is no longer stigmatized and the scientific community has an ever stronger appreciation of its important role in the prevention of chronic ailments, which is a shift in paradigm with respect to the previous way of thinking. A carefully planned vegetarian menu has a neutral or even beneficial effect on human health that can be directly linked to its main characteristics. Mindful vegetarian lifestyle, including the vegan one, is considered adequate for all phases of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, childhood, and active engagement in sports, whereby the amount of careful planning needed is proportional to the strictness of the vegetarian lifestyle."
Dr. Neal Barnard, Foods That Fight Pain and Food for Life
"Plant-based sources of calcium are plentful and have advantages over dairy products. Most green leafy vegetables and beans have a form of calcium that is absorbed as well or even a bit better than that in milk. Along with this calcium come vitamins, iron, complex carbohydrates, and fiber, all of which are generally lacking in cow's milk."
Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals
"When we eat factory-farmed meat we live, literally, on tortured flesh. Increasingly, that tortured flesh is becoming our own."
"I'm sorry, pigs, that I did nothing to save you, that I couldn't do anything to get you off that truck. But I promise you that I will tell ten thousand people about you, and help them open their hearts and minds to a new world where we can all live in peace, and people won't eat you anymore." (from the book Eternal Treblinka by Charles Patterson)
"I've been a vegan for about 16 years. I went to a pretty liberal high school, and we watched Diet for a New America [a 1987 exposé on how food choices affect health and the environment]. And I just stopped eating and wearing animal products after that."
"If you could see or feel the suffering you wouldn't think twice. Give back life. Don't eat meat."
"I think there's something odd about eating another living anything."
"I take vitamins daily, but just the bare essentials not what you'd call supplements. I try to stick to a vegan diet heavy on fruit, vegetables, tofu, and other soy products."
"I've been vegan for about 10 and a half years. It's been all good. I'm obviously much healthier."
"Once people spend time with farm animals in a loving way... pig or cow or a little chicken or a turkey, they might find they relate with them the same way they relate with dogs and cats. People don't really think of them that way because they're on the plate. Why should they be food when other animals are pets? I would never eat my doggies."
"When I was old enough to realize all meat was killed, I saw it as an irrational way of using our power, to take a weaker thing and mutilate it. It was like the way bullies would take control of younger kids in the schoolyard."
"I don't eat any animals or anything that has to do with animals. No fish or egg or dairy because I personally don't feel it's a good practice to eat anything that might run away from you."
"I turned vegetarian after 9/11. A friend of mine came back from New York and said that he couldn't stand the smell of burnt flesh. It immediately reminded me of a barbecue."
Jared Leto, actor and frontman of 30 Seconds to Mars
"Well there was a time when we used to sacrifice goats but then we all became vegans so we've been sacrificing tofu before the shows!"
Bill Clinton about switching to vegan diet
"I essentially concluded that I had played Russian roulette because even though I had changed my diet some and cut down on the caloric total of my ingestion and cut back on much of the cholesterol in the food I was eating, I still - without any scientific basis to support what I did - was taking in a lot of extra cholesterol without knowing if my body would produce enough of the enzyme to support it, and clearly it didn’t or I wouldn’t have had that blockage. So that’s when I made a decision to really change."
"Farm animals are just as interesting and intelligent as the dogs and cats who we know a bit better... Yet they are treated by the meat industry as though they are inanimate objects with no feelings or personalities."
Renata Sopek, a Croatian television host and a promotor of fitness and healthy diet and lilfestyle
"I have beenn dedicated to exercise and a healthy lifestyle for years, which is why I was happy to accept the invitation from Animal Friends to participate in promoting the Green Monday. Anyone can eat fruit and vegetables for one day a week. By eating fruit, vegetables and other plant based foods, we are giving the best to our body, and it is even nicer that we are helping animals and the environment at the same time."
"I've never had any desire to eat meat. In fact, when I was a kid I would have a really difficult time eating meat at all. It had to be the perfect bite, with no fat or gristle or bone or anything like that. I don't judge people who eat meat - that's not for me to say - but the whole thing just sort of bums me out."
"Nobody can come up with a good argument for eating animals-nobody can. People as some kind of a joke say, well, 'It's tasty,' but it's only tasty once you garnish it and you put salt and pepper and you cook it and you have to do 300 things to it to disguise its true taste. If you put garnishes on a chair or fabric it would probably taste quite nice."
Michael Klaper, MD
"The human body has no more need for cows' milk than it does for dogs' milk, horses' milk, or giraffes' milk."
"I feel that spiritual progress does demand at some stage that we should cease to kill our fellow creatures for the satisfaction of our bodily wants."
Phil Collen, co-lead guitarist for Def Leppard
"I was always a little bit of a closet vegetarian. I didn't like the idea of eating a dead body. I've been a vegetarian for like thirty years now. Stuff was bleeding, had veins in it, all of that stuff, and it made me feel really, really disgusted. How am I going to put this in me? The more I got into it, people would be like try this and it actually made me feel nauseous and I didn't want to. You know they torture these animals and they slaughter them, it's a pretty nasty thing. So I felt really good when I actually stopped doing that."
"I've found that eating vegan the last five or six months has really given me energy, I feel good and I look fabulous."
"Closing our ears, minds, and hearts to the suffering of animals used, violated, and killed for our own consumption doesn't make that suffering go away. It simply prolongs the animals' misery, increases our denial, and delays the action we can take that would make us part of the solution rather than the problem. We have choices every moment. The animals don't."
"I think there will come a time, and this is down the road a great many years, 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."
"When people ask me why I don't eat meat or any other animal products, I say, 'Because they're unhealthy, and they're the product of a violent and inhumane industry. Chickens, cows and pigs in factory farms spend their whole lives in filthy, cramped conditions only to die a prolonged and painful death. Their bodies are then turned into food products proven to contribute to heart disease and cancer. To eat that is to eat poison.'"
Thomas De Quincey
"Cows are amongst the gentlest of breathing creatures; none show more passionate tenderness to their young when deprived of them; and, in short, I am not ashamed to profess a deep love for these quiet creatures."
"So all these companies that are taking these animal products – the milk, the eggs, the chicken, the beef – and actually coming up with a way of using largely plant-based material to make these things that are both cheaper, probably more healthy, less cruelty involved, less green house gas emissions. It is quite a phenomenal thing. People can be enthused for…any of about five or six different reasons… I think it's a huge thing."
"Omnivores are SO worried about the imaginary lack of B12/iron/etc. in vegan diets. I'm more worried about the lack of empathy & compassion in theirs."
"You can't be an environmentalist, you can't be an ocean steward, without truly walking the walk. And you can't walk the walk, in the world of our future, in the world ahead of us, in the world of our children, NOT eating a plant-based-diet."
Isaac Bashevis Singer
"When a human being kills an animal for food, he is neglecting his own hunger for justice."
Actress Christian Serratos about her switch to a vegetarian diet
"I just felt better and brighter and lighter, and I had more energy … It was a big deal to me, being an animal lover."
"When I see people eating meat, I'm aware of the slaughter that's gone on so instead of simply eating a meat pie when I'm hungry, I renounce it."
"Only 100 billion people have ever lived. 7 billion alive today. And we torture and kill 2 billion animals every week. 10,000 entire species are wiped out every year because of the actions of one species. We are now facing the 6th mass extinction in cosmological history. If any other organism did this a biologist would call it a virus. It is a crime against humanity of unimaginable proportions."
"The meat industry spends hundreds of millions of dolars lying to the public about their product. But no amount of false propaganda can sanitize meat. The facts are absolutely clear: Eating meat is bad for human health, catastrophic for the environment, and a living nightmare for animals."
"There are over 600 million vegetarians in the world. That is bigger than the US, England, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Canada, Australia combined! If we were one nation we would be bigger than the 27 countries in the European Union! Despite this massive footprint, we are still drowned out by the raucous huntin', shootin', killin' cartels who believe that violence is the answer - when it shouldn't even be a question."
Leilani Münter, professional race car driver and environmental activist
"By adopting a more plant-based diet, we can each help curb climate change while also doing something good for our health, for animals, and for our taste buds. With more meat-free meals than ever being eaten today, we're on the right track toward a more sustainable diet."
GOLDEN DROPS OF BARE TRUTHS collected by Adela Pisarevsky