Do unto Others. . .  

There is nothing new about the realization of the connection between our treatment of non-humans and each other. Clear minds down the centuries have seen that the violence man shows to man is inextricably linked to the violence we have inflicted upon other species and our shared environment.

Cruelty begets cruelty, violence breeds violence, and that exploitation and greed of which man is so uniquely capable cannot simply be switched off like a light when he turns from his rape of the animal world to the difficulties of social relationships within his own species.

"We are the living graves of murdered beasts slaughtered to satisfy our appetites. We never pause to wonder at our feasts if animals, like men, can possibly have rights. We pray on Sundays that we may have light to guide our footsteps on the paths we tread. We're sick of war, we do not want to fight. The thought of it now fills our hearts with dread and yet we gorge ourselves upon the dead. Like carrion crows, we live and feed on meat, regardless of the suffering and pain we cause by doing so. If thus we treat defenseless animals for sport or gain, how can we hope this world to attain the peace we say we are so anxious for? We pray for it, o'er the tombs of slain, to God, while outraging the moral law. Thus cruelty begets its offspring - War." -- George Bernard Shaw

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

"Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages." -- Thomas Edison

"Not to hurt our humble brethren (the animals) is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission—to be of service to them whenever they require it. If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men." -- St. Francis of Assisi

"One person can make all the difference in the world…For the first time in recorded human history, we have the fate of the whole planet in our hands." -- Chrissie Hynde (musician)

"True human goodness, in all its purity and freedom can come to the fore only when its recipient has no power. Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animal. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it." -- Milan Kundera (author)

"If mankind and the world as a whole are to have a future, it will be necessary that we reduce the selfish tendencies in our ethics in favor of a higher regard for the community and for the whole of Creation." -- Ernst Mayr (biologist)

"Compassion is the foundation of everything positive, everything good. If you carry the power of compassion to the marketplace and the dinner table, you can make your life really count." --Rue McClanahan (actress)

"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 (actress)

"Shame on such a morality that is worthy of pariahs, and that fails to recognize the eternal essence that exists in every living thing, and shines forth with inscrutable significance from all eyes that see the sun! " --Arthur Schopenhauer (philosopher)

"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 (philosopher)

"You Shall Love Each Other. Thou shalt not kill." -- Bible                                                                                        

Many religions embrace a vegetarian diet. Seventh Day Adventist, Jain, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist are some examples. Once people have made the change to a vegetarian or vegan diet, many experience a spiritual awakening with this life style. Many vegetarians and vegans embrace this philosophy with a passion only equaled to religious devotion.