Tony Benn Will Be Missed
Today, we, like many other people across Britain, were saddened to hear about the death of the legendary Tony Benn, who was a great friend to animals.
Famous for always speaking his mind and standing up for what he believed and described by Ed Miliband as a “champion of the powerless”, Benn always fought for those without a voice in society – including animals. He protested against laboratories that test on animals, voted in Parliament against fox hunting, lent his support to animal rights groups, including PETA – and practiced what he preached every day by sticking to a vegetarian diet.
Here are a few of our favourite quotes from this remarkable man, who will be sorely missed.
On giving up meat:
I never liked meat and my son Hilary, 30 years ago, said: “If the world ate the grain instead of feeding it to animals and killing them, there would be enough food for everybody.” That moment my wife and I became vegetarian and I never touched meat since.
On animal rights:
On animal testing:
The tide is turning fast against those who still cling on to the view that experimentation and testing of drugs on animals is valid and necessary.
Unquestioning brutality like slaughter and capital punishment does corrupt you and is a blot on the civilizing of society.
On the bill to ban fox hunting:
The support [for the bill] comes from people young and old–it is not confined to the young, although it is very strong among them–who believe that cruelty to entertain is wrong, and I share that view… As a vegetarian and someone who has always supported animal rights, I feel that we have a duty in a representative assembly to reflect properly the feeling that exists.
On changing the world:
Rest in peace Mr Benn.