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: 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: Thomas Tryon, “Refrain at all times from such foods as cannot be procured…”

“Refrain at all times from such Foods as cannot be procured without violence and  oppression.
Thomas Tryon

Who was Thomas Tryon?
Thomas Tryon (September 6, 1634 – August 21, 1703) was an English sugar merchant, author of popular self-help books, and early advocate of vegetarianism.

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Thomas Tryon (1634-1703)

Animal Rights: Leo Tolstoy, “If we want to be healthy, than we must live the way nature intended

“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, On Civil Disobedience

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: Vaslave Nijinsky, “I do not like eating meat because I have seen lambs and pigs killed”

“I do not like eating meat because I have seen lambs and pigs killed. I saw and felt their pain. They felt the approaching death. I could not bear it. I cried like a child. I ran up a hill and could not breathe. I felt that I was choking. I felt the death of the lamb.”
Vaslav Nijinsky

Who was Vaslav Nijinsky?

Vaslav Nijinsky (/ˌvɑːtslɑːf nɪˈ(d)ʒɪnski/; Russian: Ва́цлав Фоми́ч Нижи́нский, tr. Václav Fomíč Nižínskij, IPA:; Polish: Wacław Niżyński, IPA:; 12 March 1889/1890 – 8 April 1950) was a ballet dancer and choreographer cited as the greatest male dancer of the early 20th century. Born in Kiev to Polish parents, Nijinsky…

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Animal Rights: Dr Micheal Greger, “The most ethical diet just so happens to be the most environmentally…”

“The most ethical diet just so happens to be the most environmentally sound diet and     just so happens to be the healthiest.”
Dr Micheal Greger

Who is Dr Micheal Greger?

Michael Herschel Greger is an American physician, author, and professional speaker on public health issues, particularly the benefits of a whole-food, plant-based diet and the harms of eating animal products. He is a vegan.

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Animal Rights: Lea Folger-Lucas, “Peace signs, peace symbols, peace fingers…peace peace peace…”

”Peace signs, peace symbols, peace fingers…peace peace peace…there will never be peace among men until one simple thing is accomplished…compassion for all. So don’t tell me you are against war while gnawing on flesh.”
Lea Folger-Lucas

Who is Lea Folger-Lucas?

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Animal Rights: Gary L. Francione,”Veganism is not about giving anything up or losing anything:”

“Veganism is not about giving anything up or losing anything; it is about gaining the peace within yourself that comes from embracing nonviolence and refusing to participate in the exploitation of the vulnerable.”
Gary L. Francione

Who is Gary L. Francione ?

Gary Lawrence Francione is an American legal scholar. He is the Distinguished Professor of Law and Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Scholar of Law & Philosophy at Rutgers School of Law–Newark. Francione is known for his work on animal rights theory, and in 1989, was the first academic to teach it in an American law school.

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Animal Rights: Victor Hugo, “First it was necessary to civilise man in relation to man. Now it is…”

“First it was necessary to civilize man in relation to man. Now it is necessary to civilize   man in relation to nature and the animals.”
Victor Hugo

Who was Victor Hugo?

Victor Marie Hugo was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. Hugo is considered to be one of the greatest and best-known French writers. Outside France, his most famous works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862, and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, 1831

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Animal Rights: Reasons to go vegan

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