Animal Rights: Leonardo da Vinci: ” I have from an early age abjured the use of meat,…”

“I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.”
Leonardo da Vinci

Who was Leonardo da Vinci?

Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian polymath of the High Renaissance who is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time. The Mona Lisa is the most famous of Leonardo’s works and the most famous portrait ever made.

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Animal Rights: A History Leonardo Da Vinci

Most people are familiar with the name Leonardo da Vinci because of his best known work of art, the Mona Lisa. Widely regarded as a genius, in addition to being an Italian Renaissance painter, daVinci was an architect, musician, inventor, engineer and sculptor. He also excelled in terms of his integrity and sensitivity to moral issues.
One such issue in daVinci’s moral life which is not widely known generally, is da Vinci’s refusal to consume meat and his stance on cruelty and the mistreatment of animals.

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Animal Rights: Romain Rolland, ” To a man whose mind is free there is something even more…”

“To a man whose mind is free there is something even more intolerable in the sufferings of animals than in the sufferings of man. For with the latter it is at least admitted that suffering is evil and that the man who causes it is a criminal. But thousands of animals are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. If any man were to refer to it, he would be thought ridiculous. And that is the unpardonable crime.”
Romain Rolland

Who was Romain Rolland?

Romain Rolland was a French dramatist, novelist, essayist, art historian and mystic who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1915 “as a tribute to the lofty idealism of his literary production and to the sympathy and love of truth with which he has described different types of human beings”.

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Animal Rights: Linda McCartney” Anyone who cares about the Earth – really cares – must stop eating animals”.

” Anyone who cares about the Earth – really cares – must stop eating animals”.
Linda McCartney

Who was Linda McCartney?

Linda Louise McCartney, Lady McCartney was an American photographer, musician, animal rights activist, and entrepreneur. She was best known as the first wife of Paul McCartney of the Beatles and for her photographs of celebrities and contemporary musicians.

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Animal Rights: Thomas A Edison,”Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of …”

“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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Animal Rights: Albert Schweitzer, By Ethical conduct

“By Ethical Conduct toward all creatures, we enter into a spiritual relationship with the universe.W
Albert Schweitzer

Who was Albert Schweither?

Albert Schweitzer OM was an Alsatian polymath. He was a theologian, organist, writer, humanitarian, philosopher, and physician. A Lutheran, Schweitzer challenged both the secular view of Jesus as depicted by the historical-critical method current at this time, as well as the traditional Christian view.
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Animal Rights: A History Albert Schweither

Albert Schweitzer, born 1875 in Kaysersberg in the province of Alsace-Lorraine in the German Empire, is perhaps mostly remembered for his work in Africa as a missionary. He was however also a theologian, organist, philosopher, and physician. He also set in motion important ideas concerning our ethical treatment of animals, and was an important protagonist in the evolution of our concept of animal rights. He struggled with the paradoxes of the relationship between man and animal as no other philosopher had ever done before. His philosophy has altered attitudes, led to the passage of laws and helped the cause of animal rights in the latter part of the twentieth century.

Animal Rights: Leo Tolstoy, “What I think about vivisection is that if people admit that…”

“What I think about vivisection is that if people admit that they have the right to take or endanger the life of living beings for the benefit of many, there will be no limit for their cruelty.”
Leo Tolstoy

Who was Leo Tolstoy?

Leo Tolstoy, Tolstoy also spelled Tolstoi, Russian in full Lev Nikolayevich, Graf (count) Tolstoy, (born August 28 [September 9, New Style], 1828, Yasnaya Polyana, Tula province, Russian Empire—died November 7 [November 20], 1910, Astapovo, Ryazan province), Russian author, a master of realistic fiction and one of the world’s greatest novelists.

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Tolstoy was an advocate for animals and a vegetarian

Animal Rights: A History, Leo Tolstoy
“Count Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy, 1828 – 1910 is best known as one of Russia’s greatest novelists, the most well known of his novels are War and peace and Anna Karenina. He was also a contemporary of Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky another advocate of vegetarianism and animal rights.

Tolstoy was however more than a writer he was a moral philosopher, a humanitarian, and a mystic. After his conversion to vegetarianism  he lived upon simple food such as bread, fruits vegetables and porridge.”

“Tolstoy was an ethical vegetarian and an advocate of the humane treatment of animals. In 1885 along with two of his daughters Tolstoy became a vegetarian. His reasons for doing so are expressed in The First Step, which Tolstoy wrote as a preface for the 1892 Russian Edition of The Ethics of Diet written by Howard Williams. According to this influential preface, important in it’s own right, from which you will find selections below, Tolstoy’s principal reason for becoming vegetarian was his conviction that eating flesh is “simply immoral as it involves the performance of an act which is contrary to moral feeling -killing; and is called forth only by greediness and the desire for tasty food”. Tolstoy thought that all men were brothers and therefore a natural bond existed between them. He believed that bond was love and that this bond should extend to all living creatures.


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Animal Rights: George Bernard Shaw: “Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity”

“Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity”
George Bernard Shaw

Who was George Bernard Shaw?

George Bernard Shaw, known at his insistence simply as Bernard Shaw, was an Irish playwright, critic, polemicist and political activist. His influence on Western theatre, culture and politics extended from the 1880s to his death and beyond.
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George Bernard Shaws influence on animal rights – includes  a selection of quotations and other writings that reflect Shaw’s stance on various aspects of animal rights and vegetarianism.

“Shaw was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1925, and an Oscar in 1938 for his work on the film Pygmalion an adaption of his play of the same name, he was the only person to be awarded both a Nobel Prize for Literature and an Oscar.

Also of great concern to Bernard Shaw was the plight of animals; he was strict vegetarian, anti-vivisectionist and opponent of cruel sports. Shaw became a vegetarian in 1881 and remained so for sixty-six years until his death in 1950. He was acquainted with Henry Salt.”
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Animal Rights: Peter Singer, “Forests and the meat animals compete for the same land.”

“Forests and meat animals compete for the same land. The prodigious appetite of the affluent nations for meat means that agribusiness can pay more than those who want to preserve or restore the forest. We are, quite literally, gambling with the future of our planet – for the sake of hamburgers”
Peter Singer

Who is Peter Singer?

Peter Albert David Singer AC is an Australian moral philosopher. He is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, and a Laureate Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne.

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Animal Rights: Adela Popescu, “Animal abusers are not the only culprits – consumers…”

Animal abusers are not the only culprits – the consumers are the biggest abusers! As long as buyers, users, attendees at animal performances, etc., keep using, abusers keep abusing!!!
Adela Popescu

Who is Adela Popescu?

Adela Elena Popescu is a Romanian actress and singer. Popescu is notable for being among the original cast in the first Romanian soap opera, Numai Iubirea, where she was paired with actor Dan Bordeianu. In 2010 she met her future husband, actor and TV presenter Radu Valcan.

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Animal Rights: Marc Bekoff: Animals are not property or “things” but rather living organisms,…”

Animals are not property or “things” but rather living organisms, subjects of a life, who are worthy of our compassion, respect, friendship, and support.
Marc Bekoff

Who is Marc Bekoff?

Marc Bekoff is Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is the co-founder, with Jane Goodall, of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a fellow of the Animal Behavior Society and a former Guggenheim fellow

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