17 Quotes From Famous Thinkers Who Got It Right About Animals
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17 Quotes From Famous Thinkers Who Got It Right About Animals

The principle of animal rights is nothing new – smart people throughout the ages have understood that animals aren’t ours to use and abuse! The following are some of our favourite quotes about animals from thinkers who made their mark on history:

1. George Bernard Shaw

QUOTE Bernard Shaw

2. Pythagoras

QUOTE Pythagoras

3. Albert Einstein

QUOTE Einstein

4. Mark Twain

QUOTE Mark Twain

5. Jeremy Bentham

QUOTE Bentham

6. Mohandas K. Gandhi

QUOTE Gandhi

7. Leonardo Da Vinci

QUOTE Leonardo

8. Alice Walker

QUOTE Alice Walker

Alice Walker” by Virginia DeBolt / CC BY-SA 2.0

9. Charles Darwin

QUOTE Darwin

10. Rachel Carson

QUOTE Rachel Carson

11. Thomas A. Edison

QUOTE Edison

12. His Holiness The Dalai Lama


Dalai Lama Boston 2012” by Christopher Michel / CC BY 2.0

13. Martin Luther King Jr.


14. Arthur Schopenhauer

Porträt des Philosphen Arthur Schopenhauer, 1852


15. St. Francis of Assisi

QUOTE Francis

16. Leo Tolstoy

Tolstoy quote

16. Ingrid E Newkirk

QUOTE Ingrid

Inspired? The world always needs more people to speak out for animals – take your first step by joining PETA’s Action Team: PETAUK.org/actionteam.

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  1. avatar Lucian says:

    Humanity had no limits in cruelty. Period! It will disappear once no humans presence of the face off this planet Earth.

  2. avatar Steve says:

    Wonderful quotes that brought actual tears to my eyes! Profound love and respect to all those quoted for these wonderful words.

  3. avatar Daryl Michael says:

    Amazing, inspiring, everyone on the planet should be aware of the thoughts of these incredible people

  4. avatar eddy miller says:

    Wise words,but I heard darwin took pleasure in eating exotic animals in eating clubs & edison electricuted animals all the time,even at fun fairs.

  5. avatar Suzette Burce says:

    Very Well Said! It gives a realization to protect all living creatures..

  6. avatar cathy meredith says:

    Already donate to you and number of other animal charities. please would it be possible to make a poster and perhaps some small leaflets to distribute door to door (a similar size to the Viva range of leaflets) you could also include some modern celebs

  7. avatar Alana Platt says:

    To be dumb is to assume u know. Animals do not assume anything unless guided to do so by the cleverly devious human. To assume we will enter the kingdom of heaven whilst the earth still turns with the state of life and it’s cruelty the way it is is naively dumb.

  8. avatar Pamphylla McCarron says:

    Good quotes, but better to give the citation.

    Some are likely attributed without evidence.

  9. avatar Pranab kumar Das says:

    Great Men .. Divine Thoughts…

  10. avatar Debbie Novak says:

    I would like Peta to sell these on t-shirts please! I will have one of each!

  11. avatar Charlie says:

    Wonderful… even though it didn’t even include one of the best:

    “A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.”

    Leo Tolstoy

  12. avatar Pamela Hryskiw says:

    I find it odd you’d put a quotation attributed to Edison since he brutally tortured through public electrocution countless animals, including Topsy the elephant; I’m sure Harry Harlow probably said something nice about an animal at some point in his life, too! :(

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