Animal rights: Arthur Schopenhauer, The assumption that animals are without rights…”

“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

Who was Arthur Schopenhauer?

Arthur Schopenhauer was a German philosopher. He is best known for his 1818 work The World as Will and Representation, which characterizes the phenomenal world as the product of a blind noumenal will.

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Animal Rights: Percy Bysshe Shelly, “It is only by softening and…”

“It is only by softening and disguising dead flesh by culinary preparation that it is rendered susceptible of mastication or digestion, and that the sight of its bloody juices and raw horror does not excite intolerable loathing and disgust.”
Percy Bysshe Shelly

Who was Percy Bysshe Shelly
Born on August 4, 1792—the year of the Terror in France—Percy Bysshe Shelley (the “Bysshe” from his grandfather, a peer of the realm) was the son of Timothy and Elizabeth Shelley. As the elder son among one brother, John, and four sisters, Elizabeth, Mary, Margaret, and Hellen, Percy stood in line not only to inherit his grandfather’s considerable estate but also to sit in Parliament one day. In his position as oldest male child, young Percy was beloved and admired by his sisters, his parents, and even the servants in his early reign as young lord of Field Place, the family home near Horsham, Sussex.

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Shelly’s contribution to animal rights

History of Animal Rights: Shelly

Percy Bysshe Shelley, one of the major English Romantic poets was a controversial personality, an unconventional thinker of the time in which he lived. His uncompromising idealism and unorthodox life made him a much maligned figure. Shelly championed such causes as free love, atheism and vegetarianism, all of which were totally radical ideas in his day. He was an advocate of social justice for the working classes and likewise
for the injustices which he saw perpetrated upon all living creatures. Shelly became a fighter for the rights of animals after personally witnessing many and varied mistreatments which occurred during the domestication and and slaughtering of animals. In the more modern era it was Shelly who was among the first to speak out in regard to our treatment of animals as a progressive political issue equivalent with our treatment of other human beings. He considered that the slaughter of animals for food was not only the root crime of the human race but also the cause of all our other immoral and criminal behaviours.

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Animal rights: Albert Einstein, “The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who…”

“The world is a dangerous place, not because of
those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”
Albert Einstein

Who was Albert Einstein?

Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist, widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest physicists of all time. Einstein is best known for developing the theory of relativity, but he also made important contributions to the development of the theory of quantum mechanics. 

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What difference can one person make by going vegan?

Using a vegan calculator, it was calculated that the average person who goes vegan for just one month can save the lives of 30 animals. That is basically one animal a day that can be saved of that cruel fate simply by going vegan.

Imagine the number of animals you could save if you became vegan indefinitely! Animal lives are not the only things that would be saved by going vegan. I am sure you have noticed the massive clime change we are currently experiencing. It turns out that animal agriculture is the leading cause of climate change.
Producing meat and dairy uses a massive amount of land and water.

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Animal Rights: Mahatma Ghandi, “I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to…”

I hold that the more helpless a creature the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of humankind.”
Mahatma Ghandi

Who was Mahatma Gandhi?

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was an Indian lawyer, anti-colonial nationalist, and political ethicist, who employed nonviolent resistance to lead the successful campaign for India’s independence from British Rule, and in turn inspire movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The honorific Mahātmā, first…

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Inspiration/Motivation and Animal Rights: Marcus Aurelius, “Adapt yourself to the things among which your lot has been …”

“Adapt yourself to the things among which your lot has been cast and love sincerely the fellow creatures with whom destiny has ordained that you shall live.”
Marcus Aurelius

Who was Marcus Aurelius?

Marcus Aurelius was a Roman emperor from 161 to 180 and a Stoic philosopher. He was the last of the rulers known as the Five Good Emperors, and the last emperor of the Pax Romana, an age of relative peace and stability for the Roman Empire. He served as Roman consul in 140, 145, and 161.

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Animal Rights: Albert Schweitzer, “True philosophy must start from the most…”

“True philosophy must start from the most immediate and comprehensive fact of consciousness, and this may be formulated as follows: ‘I am life which wills to live, and I exist in the midst of life which wills to live.”
Albert Schweitzer

Who was Albert Schweitzer?

Albert Schweitzer (January 14, 1875-September 4, 1965) was born into an Alsatian family which for generations had been devoted to religion, music, and education. His father and maternal grandfather were ministers; both of his grandfathers were talented organists; many of his relatives were persons of scholarly attainments.

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Animal Rights: A History, Albert Schweithzer

“Albert Schweitzer developed a philosophy which he called a “Reverence for Life”, for which he received the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize; he considered this philosophy his greatest contribution to mankind. He thought that Western civilisations were decaying as a result of the abandonment of its ethical foundation, namely the affirmation of and respect for life. Reverence for life was an essential part of Schweitzer’s personal Philosophy which he hoped would be made known throughout the world by means of his books and talks and through his own example.”

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Animal Rights: Socrates, “Don’t talk of love and peace when…”

“Don’t talk of peace and love when you have a dead animal on your plate”.

Who was Socrates?

Socrates was a Greek philosopher from Athens who is credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy, and as being the first moral philosopher of the Western ethical tradition of thought.

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The Environment: Albert Einstein, “We still do not know one thousandth of one percent…”

“We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.”
Albert Einstein

Who was Albert Einstein?

Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science.

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Animal Rights: Jean Paul,” Because the heart beats under a covering of hair, of fur, feathers or wings, it is,…

“Because the heart beats under a covering of hair, of fur, feathers, or wings, it is, for that reason, to be of no account?”
Jean Paul

Who is Jean Paul?

Jean Paul, born Johann Paul Friedrich Richter, 21 March 1763 – 14 November 1825) was a German Romantic writer, best known for his humorous novels and stories.

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Animal Rights: Thomas A. Edison, ” Non violence leads to the highest ethics,…”

“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 A. Edison

Who was Thomas A. Edison ?

Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman who has been described as America’s greatest inventor. He developed many devices in fields such as electric power generation, mass communication, sound recording, and motion pictures.

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