Animal Rights Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old animal rights quotes, animal rights sayings, and animal rights proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


One of the things about animal rights, which is not the only thing that I care about in this world, is that your money can bring success. I see results.      

Sam Simon

No matter whether it's someone from the political left or right, we just need a voice to stand up and defend animal rights.      

Brigitte Bardot

Being a humanitarian, supporting animal rights activists, human rights activists, it's all the same.      

Daryl Hannah

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.

Arthur Schopenhauer

I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.

Abraham Lincoln

We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.     

Albert Schweitzer

True benevolence or compassion, extends itself through the whole of existence and sympathizes with the distress of every creature capable of sensation.     

Joseph Addison

Life is life--whether in a cat, or dog or man. There is no difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man's own advantage.     

Sri Aurobindo

Love of animals is a universal impulse, a common ground on which all of us may meet. By loving and understanding animals, perhaps we humans shall come to understand each other.     

Louis J. Camuti

Hunting is not a sport. In a sport, both sides should know they're in the game.

Paul Rodriguez

The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.

Alice Walker

Those who wish to pet and baby wild animals "love" them. But those who respect their natures and wish to let them live normal lives, love them more.

Edwin Way Teale

Living with animals can be a wonderful experience, especially if we choose to learn the valuable lessons animals teach through their natural enthusiasm, grace, resourcefulness, affection and forgiveness.     

Richard H. Pitcairn

If man is not to stifle his human feelings, he must practise kindness towards animals, for he who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.

Immanuel Kant

Animals are like little angels sent to earth to teach us how to love. They don't get angry or play silly games. They are always there for us.      

Whitney Mandel

Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.

John Grogan

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

Mahatma Gandhi

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

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.     

Albert Einstein

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures.     

His Holiness The Dalai Lama

It is much easier to show compassion to animals. They are never wicked.Haile Selassie

Unknown Author

This is what an animal rights philosophy is really about. Understanding the importance of recognizing that all animals have an inherent right not to be abused by us and then following the ethical path this understanding leads us to is special indeed.     

John F. Kullberg

The main principle of animals' rights, if admitted to be fundamentally sound, will not be essentially affected by the wildness or the domesticity, as the case may be, of the animals in question; both classes have their rights, though these rights may differ largely in extent and importance.     

Henry S. Salt

I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.     

Abraham Lincoln

It ill becomes us to invoke in our daily prayers the blessings of God, the Compassionate, if we in turn will not practice elementary compassion towards our fellow creatures.     

Mahatma Gandhi

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

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures.     

Dalai Lama XIV

The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.     

Charles Darwin

Animals are my friends... and I don't eat my friends.

George Bernard Shaw

I believe animals should be respected as citizens of this earth. They should have the right to their own freedom, their own families, and their own life.

John Feldmann