Animal Abuse Sayings and Quotes

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

Humanity's true moral test, its fundamental test consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals.     

Milan Kundera

Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.     

Arthur Schopenhauer

For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.     


Our treatment of animals will someday be considered barbarous. There cannot be perfect civilization until man realizes that the rights of every living creature are as sacred as his own.     

Dr. David Starr Jordan

We cannot glimpse the essential life of a caged animal, only the shadow of its former beauty.     

Julia Allen Field

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

I have always felt that the way we treat animals is a pretty good indicator of the compassion we are capable of for the human race.     

Ali McGraw

A good deed done to an animal is as meritorious as a good deed done to a human being, while an act of cruelty to an animal is a bad as an act of cruelty to a human being.     

Prophet Mohammed

If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.     

Albert Einstein

An animal experiment cannot be justifiable unless the experiment is so important that the use of a brain-damaged human would be justifiable.     

Peter Singer

Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow-creatures is amusing in itself.     

J.A. Froude

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

Mahatma Gandhi

We should remember in our dealings with animals that they are a sacred trust to us from our Heavenly Father. They are dumb and cannot speak for themselves.     

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Every animal knows more than you do.     

Native American Proverb

Why should man expect his prayer for mercy to be heard by what is above him when he shows no mercy to what is under him?     

Pierre Troubetzkoy

Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow-creatures is amusing in itself.     

James Anthony Froude

Animals can communicate quite well. And they do. And generally speaking, they are ignored.     

Alice Walker

When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.     

George Bernard Shaw

Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar.     

Bradley Miller

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

I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it's such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her.     

Ellen DeGeneres

Murderers ... very often start out by killing and torturing animals as kids.     

Robert K. Ressler

I urge you to ask yourself just how honorable it is to preside over the abuse and suffering of animals.     

Richard Pryor

To give a child animal products is a form of child abuse.     

Neal Barnard

We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words.     

Anna Sewell

The abuse of a harmless thing is the essence of sin.     

A. W. Tozer

Concern for animals is a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best people have always done.     

Harriet Beecher Stowe

In justifying cruelty to animals we put ourselves also on the animal level. We choose the jungle and must abide by our choice.     

C. S. Lewis

Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.     

Thomas A. Edison

We cannot have two hearts, one for the animals and one for men. In cruelty towards the former and cruelty to the latter there is no difference but in the victim.     

Alphonse Marie Louis de Lamartine

Animal cruelty is not isolated to the egg industry. Unfortunately, animal abuse is systemic throughout animal agriculture.     

Adam Durand

The reason that animals are being confined in this way, the reason that factory farms exist, is because of consumer demand for these products. The best thing that we can do as individuals to prevent animal cruelty is to stop supporting these industries.     

Adam Durand

The only way to completely remove your support from the cruelty within animal agriculture is to stop eating meat, milk, and eggs.      

Adam Durand

We may be evolved, but deep down we are still animals.     

Bryon Howard

Even our homes are built in wild animals' territory.     

Doug Molitor

A good zoo tries to recreate the animals' natural home, but if *all* the wilderness is destroyed, these magnificent animals will end up in cramped concrete prisons.     

Doug Molitor

Trees and brush provide shelter and food to animals such as birds and foxes.     

Doug Molitor

Animal friends are just there to be animal friends, if they can't handle being a carpet.     

Mark Leveson

The animals can't speak, and we have to, try and find the words for the animals. The best part is, getting the animal before it's tortured to death.     

Paul Berriff

Animal abuse is an international problem, which has been part of human civilization for millenia.     

Catherine Tiplady

Animal abuse is the harm, neglect or misuse of animals by humans resulting in the animals suffering physically and/or emotionally.     

Catherine Tiplady

Abuse has been defined as misuse or maltreatment and cruelty as indifference or pleasure in another's pain.     

Catherine Tiplady

Animal abuse can be physical and/or mental.     

Catherine Tiplady

People's attitudes toward and acceptance of animal abuse may vary depending on their culture, the species of animal and the animal's intended use.     

Catherine Tiplady

It's strange how many animals are killed to dress the girl that's dressed to kill.     

Evan Esar

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

George Bernard Shaw

Animal Farm the function of socialism is to raise suffering to a higher level.     

Norman Mailer

All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.     

Samuel Butler

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.     

Anatole France

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.     

Leo Tolstoy

Man, when perfected, is the best of animals. but, when separated from the law and justice, he is the worst of all.     


You are a human being with a free will. Which puts you above the animal level. But if you live your life without feeling and compassion for the fellowmen - you are as an animal - 'an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth' & happiness & peace of mind is not attained by living thus.     

Truman Capote

According to Buddhist belief, those who have done evil in their lives will spend the next incarntation in the shape of a rat, a frog or some other low animal.     

George Orwell

Animals won't stay in places where too many people shoot at them.     

Larry McMurty

The Bible lists in Hebrews 11 the heroes of the faith... who were tortured, imprisoned, stoned, torn apart, and killed by the sword. They didn't wear designer jeans but went about in animal skins, destiture and tormented.     

Bill Graham

Man is the only creature that consumes without producing.     

Oxford University Press

Animals live peacefully, and only attack or kill when they think they have no other option. The most terrible behavior and actions in history have been displayed by our species, yet calling a person is an animal is an insult.     

Jason Edward Shiffman

The stoics believed that every person, animal, and thing has a purpose or a place in nature.     

Ryan Holiday

Anyone who says that life matters less to animals than it does to us has not held in his hands an animal fighting for its life.     

J. M. Coetzee

The whole of the being of the animal is thrown into that fight, without reserve.     

J. M. Coetzee

Animal rights is a practical pursuit applying morality to everyday situations.     

Ben Isacat

Animal rights is advocating rights for animals.     

Ben Isacat

Animal rights concentrates on sentient animals.     

Ben Isacat

Animal abuse has also been investigated as a predictor of bullying.     

Clifton P. Flynn

Those who abuse animals and bully others, especially males, appear to be rewarded by the power they have over others, human or animal.     

Clifton P. Flynn

Animal cruelty manifests itself in many ways and is fueled by many motives.     

Linda Merz-Perez

Animals need people, too. They need our care and kindness.     

Mary Lindeen

The cruelty-kindness view maintains that we have a direct duty to be kind to animals and a direct duty not to be cruel to them.     

Tom Regan

To say that the duty of kindness is direct means that kindness is owed to animals themselves, not to those humans who might be affected by how animals are treated.     

Tom Regan

We have duties to respect the rights of those who have rights, but we also have duties of compassion or humanity - and we have these latter duties to all animals capable of pleasure and pain.     

Rosalind Hursthouse

Some societies have developed collective patterns of thought that encourage the view that animals exist to serve humans, but the outlook of other traditions has long been that every being, human or nonhuman, must be respected.     

Matthieu Ricard

The most striking quality that humans and animals have in common is the capacity to experience suffering.     

Matthieu Ricard

Animals are no more than simple machines, automata. They feel neither pleasure nor pain, nor anything else at all. Although they are capable of crying out when they are cut by a knife or of going through contortions in their efforts to escape contact with a hot iron.     

Matthieu Ricard

Yet the reality is that much animal harm remains legal and indeed is positively provided for in legislation.     

Dr Angus Nurse

Lot of animals living in captivity don't mate successfully because there's something wrong with their living conditions that stops them from acting naturally.     

Temple Grandin

Animals don't have purely behavioral needs, and if an animal expresses a normal behavior in an abnormal environment, its welfare may be poor.     

Temple Grandin

All animals and people have the same core emotion system in the brain. When people are suffering mentally, they want to feel better-they want to stop having bad emotions and start having a good emotions. That's the right goal with animals, too.     

Temple Grandin

We should assume that some captive animals feel frustrated being locked up inside. Many captive animals try to escape as soon as they have an opportunity.     

Temple Grandin

We can't look down on animals without also looking down on those aspects of our nature that we have in common with them.     

Linda Bender

Because we think about the future more than animals do, we are better than they are at foreseeing consequences. So it is ironic that when animal species become endangered, it is almost always the unforseen result of human activity.     

Linda Bender