Animal Quotations

 

Quotes about animals: cats, dogs, pigs, horses…

Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.

— Christopher Hitchens, The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever

“Are you a vegetarian?” I ask, based on the evidence in front of me.
She nods.
“Why?”
“Because I have this theory that when we die, every animal that we’ve eaten has a chance at eating us back. So if you’re a carnivore and you add up all the animals you’ve eaten–well, that’s a long time in purgatory, being chewed.”
“Really?”
She laughs. “No. I’m just sick of the question. I mean, I’m a vegetarian because I think it’s wrong to eat other sentient creatures. And it sucks for the environment.”

— David Levithan, Every Day

“What’s the problem Earthman?” said Zaphod, now transferring his attention to the animal’s enormous rump.
“I just don’t want to eat an animal that’s standing here inviting me to,” said Arthur, “it’s heartless.”
“Better than eating an animal that doesn’t want to be eaten,” said Zaphod.
“That’s not the point,” Arthur protested. Then he thought about it for a moment. “Alright,” he said, “maybe it is the point. I don’t care, I’m not going to think about it now. I’ll just … er …”

— Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.

— Ernest Hemingway

Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose.

— Garrison Keillor

Animals are my friends…and I don’t eat my friends.

— George Bernard Shaw

Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird

— Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

The hardest part of returning to a truly healthy environment may be changing the current totally unsustainable heavy-meat-eating culture of increasing numbers of people around the world. But we must try. We must make a start, one by one.

— Jane Goodall, Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating

Just how destructive does a culinary preference have to be before we decide to eat something else? If contributing to the suffering of billions of animals that live miserable lives and (quite often) die in horrific ways isn’t motivating, what would be? If being the number one contributor to the most serious threat facing the planet (global warming) isn’t enough, what is? And if you are tempted to put off these questions of conscience, to say not now, then when?

— Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals

Not responding is a response–we are equally responsible for what we don’t do. In the case of animal slaughter, to throw your hands in the air is to wrap your fingers around a knife handle.

— Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals

I love sushi, I love fried chicken, I love steak. But there is a limit to my love,

— Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals

Isn’t it strange how upset people get about a few dozen baseball players taking growth hormones, when we’re doing what were doing to our food animals and feeding them to our children?

— Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals

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. And to act so is immoral

— Leo Tolstoy

The symbolism of meat-eating is never neutral. To himself, the meat-eater seems to be eating life. To the vegetarian, he seems to be eating death. There is a kind of gestalt-shift between the two positions which makes it hard to change, and hard to raise questions on the matter at all without becoming embattled.

— Mary Midgley, Animals and Why They Matter

It is absurd that we eat pigs and love dogs and don’t even know why. Many of us spend long minutes in the aisle of the drugstore mulling over what toothpaste to buy. Yet most of don’t spend any time at all thinking about what species of animal we eat and why. Our choices as consumers drive an industry that kills ten billion animals per year in the United States alone. If we choose to support this industry and the best reason we can come up with is because it’s the way things are, clearly something is amiss.

— Melanie Joy, Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows

Were the walls of our meat industry to become transparent, literally or even figuratively, we would not long continue to raise, kill, and eat animals the way we do.

— Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

A shepherd always takes his chances with wolves and with drought, and that’s what makes a shepherd’s life exciting.

— Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist (Trans. A.R. Clarke)

To protest about bullfighting in Spain, the eating of dogs in South Korea, or the slaughter of baby seals in Canada while continuing to eat eggs from hens who have spent their lives crammed into cages, or veal from calves who have been deprived of their mothers, their proper diet, and the freedom to lie down with their legs extended, is like denouncing apartheid in South Africa while asking your neighbors not to sell their houses to blacks.

— Peter Singer, Animal Liberation

I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.

— Winston Churchill
 Posted by on December 2, 2012