Quotes On Universal And Diet Nonviolence

First Do No Harm



“The chickens try to hide their heads from you by sticking them under the wing of the chicken next to them on the slaughter line. You can tell by their looking at you, they’re scared to death"  -United Poultry Concerns-

(Laboratory animals)

Unseen they suffer. Unheard they cry. In agony they linger. In loneliness they die.  -Unknown author-

“The question is not, Can they reason?, nor Can they talk? but, Can they suffer? Why should the law refuse its protection to any sensitive being?” –Jeremy Bentham

Former NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni “We have moved away from studying human disease in humans. We all drank the Kool-Aid on that one, me included. The problem is that [animal testing] hasn’t worked. It’s time we stopped dancing around the psyroblem. We need to refocus and adapt new methodologies for use in humans to understand disease biology in humans.”*
"I went snorkeling and noticed how gently the fish welcomed us into their world.. as compared to the violence with which we welcomed them into ours. I became a vegetarian."  -Syndee Brinkman-


Genesis l:29 Behold I have given you herbyielding seed. To you it shall be for meat.


Quran: There is no beast on earth nor bird which flieth..but the same is a people like unto you. All God’s creatures are God’s family. 


Matthew 21: 12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the
money changers, and the seats of them that sold doves.


Buddha: To become vegetarian is to step into the stream which leads to nirvana.


Bhagavad Gita: One is dearest to God who has no enemies among the living beings, who is nonviolent to all creatures. (Sanskrit word ahimsa means nonharm to all life)


Isaiah: He that slayeth an ox is as he that killeth a human.


Mahavira, founder of the Jain religion: May all that have life be delivered from suffering.


Siuh, Malaysian woman lab technician: If I follow Kwon Yin (Chinese Divine Mother Deity of Mercy) I guess I should become vegetarian.


Upton Sinclair in The Jungle (written after his investigation of Hormel in Austin Minnesota): The shriek was followed by another, louder and yet more agonizing..for once started upon that journey, the hog never came back. One by one the men hooked up the hogs and slit their throats. There was a line of hogs with squeals and lifeblood ebbing away.. until at last each vanished into a huge vat of boiling water (some still alive). The hogs were so innocent. They came so very trustingly. They were so very human in their protests. They had done nothing to deserve it.

Trillions of silkworms have been boiled alive in the manufacture of silk.

Vegan Jane Goodall: Few people pause to consider the harmful consequences of heavy meat eating. Years ago, that great Hungarian philosopher of science, Ervin László, said that heavy meat eating was a crime against the future of humanity


Mark Braunstein: When one eats cow’s tongue, who is tasting whom? (He is author of “Radical Vegetarianism”)


Oprah Winfrey, being sued by Amarillo cattle ranchers for saying: “I’m stopped. I’ll never eat another burger”. (paraphrased)

George Bernard Shaw: 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


Harriet Beecher Stowe: We should remember in our dealings with animals that they are a sacred trust to us from our heavenly Father. They are dumb and cannot speak for themselves.


Ralph Nader on ABC re the 13 states with veggie libel laws (such as Texas Cattlemen’s Beef Assn tried unsuccessfully twice to use against Oprah): These laws are designed to chill free speech.

Vegetarian Gloria Steinem:
There is still slavery in the world. There is still a valuing of human beings according to their race or class or gender or culture or sexuality. Part of the reason for this cutting off of empathy is the anaesthetizing of our senses to the suffering of animals


Howard Lyman, former cattle rancher: (paraphrased from his appearances on more than l show) 100,000 cows in the U.S. are alive at night and dead in the morning. These cows on the ground are ground into feed, making their fellows not only carnivores but cannibals. Europe after Mad Cows’ Disease has banned this practice. The U.S has not yet.


Ladies lips, who strait on kisses dreame, which oft the angry Mab with blisters plagues, because their breath with Sweet meats tainted are. Romeo & Juliet


Shakespeare: I am a heavy eater of beef. Methinks it doth harm to my wit. (Twelfth Night)


Leonardo Da Vinci: One day the world will look upon research upon animals as it now looks upon research on human beings. (DaVinci a fruitarian)


Lester Brown World Watch Inst. annual State of the World: Since 1950 demand for lumber (trees) has doubled. Fossil fuel consumption has quadrupled. China’s desire for beef from grain fed cows (adds even more


Jan Yager: Once I was fishing and caught the hook in the fish’s eye. That was the last time I ate a killed creature (paraphrased).


Lawrence of Arabia (T E Lawrence): 1906 “nothing had to be killed to feed us”, A PBS bio says Lawrence of Arabia
was a staunch vegetarian.
Morton Downey: Oprah has power because Oprah is believable. People do not believe the beef industry. Shouldn’t we be concerned about the first amendment rather than protecting powerful agribusiness?


Mayor Koch, now Judge Koch: Tree killing is arboricide.


If China were to double its egg production the grain of 15 developing nations would be required


Jeremy Rif-kin of Beyond Beef: paraphrased: The world’s environment can no longer handle beef.  (software eliminates f and k together)


KCBS helicopter pilot: The physical fitness man (paid by the meat lobby) would supposedly swim miles with a boat rope in his teeth.. jump out of the water in San Francisco and say “I owe it all to red meat”. But I saw that he did not put the rope in his mouth until he was in sight of the shore. (but that man later been making constant amends by promoting juices only in infomercials.)


John Denver: on the Larry King Show (paraphrased): Many things made me become a vegetarian, among them. the higher food yield as a solution to world hunger.


Jim Ritchey: Hunters are to the arms industry what smokers are to the tobacco industry. Smokers get a nicotine rush. Hunters get an adrenalin rush from killing a living being. (This does not include those hunters who kill only to feed their families or themselves.)


Ali MacGraw: Cruelty to animals can become violence to humans.


Maynard Clark: Irradiation does not protect consumers from contaminated meat. It kills only selected pathogens. ..It does nothing to hardy pathogens such as the hepatitis virus or to those inside a large slab of meat or to those added during subsequent processing.


Newscaster Kathy Wolff: A Univ of NC study linked hot dogs to childhood leukemia.


Buddhist phrenologist in an unsolicited reading of someone: Your short ear lobes indicate a past life as a carnivore.


Robin Williams: Hitchcock said he viewed actors as cattle.. but some were free range.


P Robertson: Mercy trumps justice.


Dennis Weaver: 40 years ago on the set of Gunsmoke I read the book The Holy Science by Sri Yukteswar. Since then I have not eaten meat.


Semantha Eggar: paraphrased: Dr. Dolittle is a reluctant but dedicated vegetarian. Being around all the animals in the film made me one too.


Governor Jerry Brown of California, son of a former governor of California: See what fast food did to 2 people in England.  longest trial of its time in British history


Cleveland Amory on NPR Dec 4th: The National Park Service shot a mule in the face. He survived but had trouble swallowing and often food came out of his nose.


Pope John Paul II:
Animals possess a soul and humanity must love and feel solidarity with our smaller brethren.” (Thomas Aquinas at the end of his life repudiated much of his own writing. Francis of Assisi knew animals have immortal souls.)


Steven Spielberg screenwriter Koepp: Humans are the only hunters who kill when not hungry.
Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Russian poet re caged mink: Those who are used to a cage will weep for a cage.


Prince Philip to a major burger chain CEO: So you are the people tearing down the Brazilian rainforest and breeding cattle (spoken at a 1983 cocktail party which the Prince attended)

William Blake: A Robin Red breast in a Cage Puts all Heaven in a Rage 

A Dove house filld with Doves & Pigeons Shudders Hell thr' all its regions A dog starvd at his Masters Gate Predicts the ruin of the State 
A Horse misusd upon the Road Calls to Heaven for Human blood 
Each outcry of the hunted Hare A fibre from the Brain does tear 
A Skylark wounded in the wing A Cherubim does cease to sing


Mrs. Booth and General Bramwell Booth of the Salvation Army (daughter in law and son of the founder of the SA): The awful cruelty and terror to which tens of thousands of animals killed for human food are subjected in traveling long distances by ship and rail and road to the slaughterhouses of the world.. God disapproves of all cruelty.. whether to man or beast. The occupation of slaughtering animals is brutalising to those who are required to do the work…  19 reasons Bramwell Booth wrote that he was



A snake charmer to a cobra: I mean you no harm.

Sun Bear and Jaya Bear: All creation has the same right to life.


Lesley Stahl of CBS: Charlie didn’t want to give up meat and smoking. Now he’s gone. (re the much missed Charles Kuralt)


Pat Leigh: I would not want to get to know a pig very well if I intended to eat him.


Joni Mitchell: They pave paradise and put in a parking lot.


Dan Ryan, talk show host: Why not just put sterilization hormones in the deer food rather than killing them?


George Carlin: If a lobster didn’t look like a scifi monster, people would be less able to drop him alive into boiling water.


Leo Tolstoy: A human can 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.54


Benjamin Franklin: The taking of every fish is as a kind of unprovoked murder, since none of them had or ever could do us any injury that might justify the slaughter....(his autobiography) . The eagle does not make his living honestly. It would be better to have someone else as the national symbol.


Jan 26, 1874 letter Joan Baez singing Dona Dona: On a wagon bound for market lay a cow with 2 mournful eyes… lay a cow with 2 mournful eyes.  Joan is a vegetarian or vegan


SNS: If one passes slaughterhouse trucks on Rt 80 bound for Manhattan or the slaughterhouses of S Phily, in winter, with the freezing wind from mountain passes ripping through the slats, one sees their noses pressed to the bars, and their sad and frightened eyes.)

Thich Nhat Hanh: Harm no person, animal, plant

Actor James Coburn’s friends: He is a Buddhist and will not harm even a fly.


Phil Donahue (whose wife Marlo Thomas is a vegetarian) to a vegetarian guest, a coffee drinker nervous because on tv, who still had a 64 beats per minute heart beat to his 76: “Will you remember me when I’m gone?”


Jack Kemp: joking with Jewish supporters at the New Orleans 1988 convention: I played football.. my football was kosher.. no pigskin.


SS: Sometimes children’s cries pierced the heart… so full of powerlessness, injustice, pain and confinement.


Diana, Princess of Wales: I decline to go fox hunting (nor did she want her sons William and Harry to be involved in hunting).

Albert Einstein.. took a tiny bite of meat once a year on a Jewish holiday to mollify his orthodox wife.


Re the Roshi: (If he were a Buddhist who believed he’d eaten thousands of beings in past lives.. none of that has import. Only today. Only now)


A&E documentary of the Odessa navy mutiny which was a factor in the Russian revolution: Sailors refusing to eat meat filled with maggots were threatened with the firing squad. This sparked the mutiny.


Fruitarian Dick Gregory: Martin Luther King taught us all nonviolence. I was told to extend nonviolence to the mother and her calf.

Syndee Brinkman: I went snorkeling and noticed how gently the fish welcomed us into their world.. as compared to the violence with which we welcomed them into ours. I became a vegetarian.


Robert F. Kennedy Jr: GE is the biggest polluter of the Hudson.. years ago they killed all the fish dumping millions of lbs. of pcb’s into our waterways. Now let’s make them pay for the cleanup. (NPR Oct 22 97)


Jane Snow, food editor of the Beacon Journal: It used to be thought that only broken eggs could transmit salmonella … now it is known that the mother passes salmonella through the egg. (Half of food poisoning fatalities annually are from eggs,)


Walt Disney: (paraphrased) When I was poor living in a garage in Kansas I began to draw the mice who scampered over my desk. That is how Mickey and Minnie were born.


Bill Hall, WNIR Radio: Meat has nitrosamines (carcinogenic) (formed by sodium nitrate food agents interacting with animal amino acids in the stomach) (Sat. Aug 30 97)


Mary Lu Henner, herself a vegetarian because of Danny DeVito’s example, star of Taxi, asked by Larry King.. “Is that true… that Danny DeVito won’t harm cockroaches on the set of Taxi?” replied “No Larry and he doesn’t eat them either”.


Winston Churchill: Please put the ladybug outside without harming her. (to his butler)
(Churchill was responsible for bombing to death 9000 Iraqis
in 1920 and for burning and bombing to death millions of civilians in German cities in WW2) a disconnect in his brain


Oscar Wilde about foxhunting: The unspeakable in full pursuit of the inedible.


Alex Hershaft, concentration camp survivor and vegan activist whose family was seized during the invasion of the Warsaw ghetto: In our holding cell there were cockroaches. The last thing my father told me was not to harm them.


Issac Bashevis Singer (Nobel Prize winner in literature): Every body resisted (the slaughterer) in its own fashion, tried to escape and seemed to argue with the Creator to its last breath.


Herb Newman: We are instructed by the Torah to feed our animals before we feed ourselves.


Secretary Pena of the U.S. Dept. of Energy: Many trees planted around a home reduce the need for air conditioning (and are better winter insulation).


Gary Franicione: If an animal has any rights at all, it’s got the right not to be eaten.


Frank Purdue of Purdue’s Chicken (factory farmer): When I was 6 my father killed my pet chicken. (That changed his life.)

Annie Besant (when Chicago was a slaughterhouse center): In a 50 mile radius around the stockyards one can see the red aura of agony, terror, anger from all the animals being butchered there.


Screenwriter of Full Moon In Blue Water: :It’s been dead a while and I don’t want to eat it


Connie Salamone: To say food for humans and feed for animals is one of thousands of examples of human chauvinism in our vocabulary.


When Clint Eastwood was making Westerns, he worked hard to end the trip wiring of horses (invisible wires stretched across the road to make it appear a horse fell in battle etc.) These tripwires often broke horses’ legs. As mayor of Carmel he banned fast food chains.


Vincent Van Gogh: in a letter to his brother Theodore wrote: Since visiting the abbatoirs of S. France I have stopped eating meat.

Romain Rolland: Thousands of animals (now billions) are butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. It cries vengeance upon all the human race.


Brooke Medicine Wheel: We don’t notice the harm right away in cutting down a tree.


Geoffrey Rudd, anthropologist: Cows when not bred for passivity so that they will go meekly to slaughter.. revert to their acute intelligence, and can live easily in the wild.


Sai Baba:  Proceed from the known to the unknown. Then the love expands in ever widening circles until it covers all nature, until even plucking a leaf from a tree affects you so painfully that you dare not injure it.

Dr. Edward Martin, head of Dept. of Defense Health: More and more we realize that vegetarian diet is a good idea (NPR Oct 27)


Colman McCarthy, former Trappist, peace studies activist and columnist for the Washington Post quoting historian Will Durant: Caesar’s armies marched on vegetarian foods.


Time Magazine August 97: Methionine in meat becomes homocysteine. High homecysteine levels quadruple the chance of heart attack. (A Finnish hospital study) (Homocysteine is also a major cause of dementia.)


Dept. of Defense Health Director Dr. Edward Martin, MD: The transfatty acids (found in meat eggs and dairy) are a factor in breast cancer.


Charles Darwin: The most energetic workers I have encountered in my world travels are the vegetarian miners of Chile.


K Redder: My husband has a cholesterol problem, so for Thanksgiving I gave him a virtual turkey. (a turkey portrait)


Kilmer McCully, subject of a NY Times Mag. Aug 10, 1997 article for his groundbreaking research: Arteriosclerosis can be considered a disease of protein intoxication.


Marlo J: When I was little I shot a squirrel with my beebee gun. As I watched him die I felt bad about what I’d done.


Michael Fox, DVM: Animals arrive at the slaughterhouse, many, in a 4D state (dead, diseased, dying, debilitated.) (These animals used to go into the pet food tankers but now more and more are being sold to humans. Is it more human chauvinism to think that condemned food may go to animals but not people).


Vathsala: I’m a vegetarian. I eat peace.


Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald’s to Paul Obis, founder of Vegetarian Times: I have 40 cows.. they’re not for meat. I can see you believe in what you’re doing.. it’s important to believe in what you’re doing. I think you’ll do alright.


Art Margolis: Each egg is 250 to 300 mg of cholesterol, 32 hours a chicken was confined in a crowded cage and many gallons of production water (paraphrased) (Possibly 95% of all eggs come from factory farms)


Congressman John F. Seiberling, whose legislation created the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area:  I don’t eat mammals or birds.


Ernest Crosby: We are humans who see clearly the barbarity of all ages except our own.


Lao Tsu: Those who embody the Tao embrace all beings.

James Marcus: I have an animal friendly Bible (no leather)


Schopenhauer: I know of no more beautiful prayer than that which the Hindus of old used in closing: May all that have life be delivered from suffering.

Richard Ryder: I do not believe that any of the suffering I have caused to laboratory animals has helped humanity in the slightest.


Former Pittsburgh Steeler and NY Giant football Player Glenn Scolnick: We should live in harmony with Earth not conquer it.. or the animals. The other members of the National Football League say I’m in the minority.. but they are. A majority of the world is vegetarian.


Nat Hentoff of the Village Voice : There is a seamless web to life.. all life is sacred..


David Stroud of the American Meat Institute in a televised debate in Detroit: Some people are still going to want to eat meat.. I do agree though that vegetarianism is a healthier diet.


Pegeen Fitzgerald of WOR TV and Radio in NY: For many years the media have been afraid of the Goliath power of the meat industry. My mother plucked a turkey and put her in the freezer. 20 minutes later she opened the freezer. The bird was still alive. We adopted her as a pet and became vegetarian.


Greenpeace climate change coordinator: These rightwing thinktanks (such as Heritage, Cato, Rutherford) I like to call skeptic tanks.


Elizabeth Dole’s first case as a lawyer involved defending the rights of a lion at the Washiongton Zoo


SNS: There are vibrations to every food. Meat is the densest, the most gross, the slowest, then dairy, then vegetables. Fruit vibrates closest to pure light.


Larry L. Miller: I don't judge the uninitiated


John Joseph Price: I am a baker and a candlestick maker, but have no desire for butchering.


Isaiah 65: The wolf shall lie down with the lamb. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord.


Jesus: Feed The Hungry. (In a world of 7 to 9 billion people only vegan diet can feed everyone.

Cleveland Amory, Parade columnist: We have established a Let’s Hunt The Hunters Club.. and we have certain rules: a. we’re only doing it for their good.. to cull the herd b. we don’t interfere with their mating season in parked cars c. we don’t encourage anyone to mount a hunter on the hood d. in wall mounting you may include the cap and the jacket. (humor, not a call to violence)
(Amory worked to end the continuing vivisection at Harvard)


Nature can be modified by nurture; Dogs too can cease to relish meat when they are trained to relish only vegetarian food. Sathya Sai Baba


Cesar Chavez, pacifist head of the United Farm Workers: I feel very deeply about vegetarianism and the animal kingdom. It was my dog Boycott who led me to question to right of humans to eat other sentient beings. I became a vegetarian after realizing that animals feel afraid, cold, hungry and unhappy like we do. We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to help people understand that the animals are fellow creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves



Milt Radney (who before his death gave, with his wife Gene over a million dollars to the causes of children’s mental health) When I was a New York City cab driver for several years I maintained a vegetarian diet which made me feel better.


Saint of Shirdi: In accepting meat put into his begging bowl, Buddha failed to put his teaching into practice. His teaching was ahimsa: total nonviolence to all creatures.


Crazy Horse: Great Spirit gave us this land. White men came and killed our animals and destroyed our land, then told us to go to work for a living. We don’t want what they call civilization.

Swami Shankarananda of Maryland: One form of holy communion is to feel one with the One in all beings and creations.


M Lytz: Assisting in heart operations, one sees the cholesterol firsthand.. as thick ropes of fat which slow down the surgery and which make the blood redwhite rather than red.


James Marcus: I watched a nature film in which there were wall to wall seals in the Pribilofs. One little seal got separated from his mother. A bull threw him into the ocean.. every time he crawled out the bull threw him back in again. (May God make this a kinder world.)


Arthur Schlesinger Jr: (on NPR): Theodore Roosevelt is not remembered for the many bears he killed, but for the bear cub he saved. She wandered into camp after her mother had been killed.. his party lifted their guns and he interceded.


Saint of Shirdi: A human guard must be paid, but a dog gives love and loyalty without expectation of payment.

Connie Salamone, founder of a network of 15,000 ecofeminists internationally: Feminists work to free women from domination, violence, and neglect but women must also no longer dominate, violate and neglect female animals robbing them of their eggs and milk, caging them.


David O’Steen, national director of Right To Life: I decided I needed to be consistent in my prolife stance so 13 years ago I became a vegetarian.

Prochoice activist: I don't want male legislators, clerics or doctors violating my sovereign autonomy over my own body nor should we interfere with animals' rights regarding their own bodies.


James Marcus: Some say vegetarianism is an alternative diet.. but it is the original diet, the plan designed by God.

Al Couch, 90 year old fruitarian: My research indicated that before humankind began deforesting which created the Sahara and other deserts, there were no violent thunderstorms.. nor drought.. only the gentlest mist.


Edwin Markham, poet author of “Man With A Hoe: ladies did you ever see an otter gnawing to get free gnawing what? his fettered leg.. for he has no friend to beg Do you see that tortured shape… gnaw his leg off to escape?


Dr. Neal Barnard, Md, psychiatrist and founder of the 150,000 member PCRM which includes 12,000 physicians: To give a child animal products is a form of child abuse.


Medina releaser of animals in a mink farm (reported in paper): It’s interesting that we’re in jail and the murderers are outside.


Franz Kaf-ka: (software does not allow f and k to be together) Now I can look at you in peace; I don’t eat you anymore. (to the fishes in his aquarium)


Nathaniel Altman: Nonviolence is not just abstention from war, fighting, or animal flesh. It is abstention from negative thoughts and negative speech.
Thomas A. Edison: The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame and in the cause and preevention of disease. 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.

Rep. Andrew Jacobs.. formerly of Indianapolis: I spoke often in Congress against the war in Vietnam.. and commented on congresspersons hiding from the reality of war by saying ‘many eat the meat but few go to the slaughterhouse’. I said it so often I became a vegetarian.
H G Wells (A Modern Utopia) In all the round world of Utopia there is no meat. There used to be, But now we cannot stand the thought of slaughterhouses. And it is impossible to find anyone who will hew a dead ox or pig.I can still remember as a boy the rejoicings over the closing of the last slaughterhouse.


Sam Filer: They say you should eat nothing that has a face.


Ted Hughes, husband of Sylvia Plath: We are walking abbatoirs of innocents.. our brains are incinerators of their cries..(a dog ate and) all the deaths it had gulped.. could not digest their shrieking finales


Vegetarian Alexander Pope: But just disease to luxury succeeds, And every death its own avenger breeds; The fury passions from that blood began, And turned on Man a fiercer savage.. Man (from Essay on Man)


EPA: (Nov 18, 1997) People remove bits of the coral reef as souvenirs not realizing that they are colonies of living animals.

Ron Goson, park enjoyer: I hunted as a kid. I couldn’t kill today. Sylvia Goson: I agree.


Richard Wagner: That even in its sharpest pangs of pain a dog can still caress its master we have learnt from the studies of vivisectors.


Dave Foreman, cofounder of Earth First: My heroes used to be cowboys.


Robert Burns from “On Scaring Some Waterfowl: The eagle, from the cliffy brow, Marking you his prey below, In his breast no pity dwells,
Strong necessity compels: But Man, to whom alone is giv'n A ray direct from pitying Heav'n, Glories in his heart humane- And creatures for his pleasure slain!


Leo Tolstoy: Man by violating his own feelings becomes cruel. And how deeply seated in the human heart is the injunction not to take life.


Ramana Maharshi biographer: At Ramana’s ashram, he established the rule that 1st fed would be the animals, then the beggars, next the visitors, succeeded by the ashram residents. Finally when all else had eaten, Ramana took food.


Vegetarian Hippocrates' Hippocratic Oath: First do no harm.


Sherry Kelley: Pray, don’t spray.


Ezekiel 3 and 4: My body has never been defiled by animal flesh.


Bhagavad Gita: He is closest to God who harms no living creature.


Daniel 1: Daniel ate no flesh in Nebuchadnezzar’s prison.

Edith Bunker: Archie.. do you want eggs for breakfast? Archie: I’m not going to eat anything that was in a cow’s mouth. Fix me eggs, Edith.
Dick Gregory, author of Cookin With Mother Nature For Folks Who Eat (re cod liver oil, liver etc.) Eating liver out of a cow’s body is like eating the filter out of a car.


Jim Ritchey: There is mad sows’ disease as well as mad cows’ disease

Unknown: God protect powerless creatures

who have no words to protect themselves. (paraphrased)


Leonard M Bertsch: One cannot study death to understand life. One cannot know about a living tree by upending a dead one to study its roots.


Saint of Shirdi: Never harm a snake or a scorpion. He will harm you only if ordered to do so by God. If so ordered, there is nothing you can do.


D. Wilson: When I was 17.. many years ago.. I was high on marijuana. My thought processes were slowed down. I was eating chicken at the time and suddenly realized I was gnawing on the leg of a chicken. I have not eaten meat or fish or used marijuana since. I did not need them.


Chief Seattle : All creation is one. What we do to one, we do to the entire web of life.

Deepak Chopra, MD: Vegetarianism is a healthier diet.


Don Papes: In the early 80’s I witnessed a Calgary Stampede.. and saw a calf whose neck was apparently broken from the roping. (A horizontal hanging can occur).(Paraphrased.)

James Marcus: Spaying is a compromise in terms of reverence for life, but perhaps a necessary one in a society

John Wesley, founder of Methodism: Dr. Cheyne advised me to leave them (meats) off again, assuring me, ‘Till you do, you will never be free from fevers.’ And since I have taken his advice, I have been free (blessed be God) from all bodily disorders.

Charlton Heston: I'm not a vegetarian but I want you to know my 4 dogs are safe from my appetite.


The Dali Lama

People think of animals as if they were vegetables, and that is not right. We have to change the way people think about animals. I encourage the Tibetan people and all people to move toward a vegetarian diet that doesn’t cause suffering.

Jay Leno: There are pig uteri in those hotdogs.


Abraham Lincoln

I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.

Mohandas Gandhi

I do feel that spiritual progress does demand at some stage that we should cease to kill our fellow creatures for the satisfaction of our bodily want



Joaquin Phoenix.. We are so egocentric. We think that we are the center of the universe (implying that animals don't count)

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Henry David Thoreau

I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals, as surely as the savage tribes have left off eating each other.

Terry McGovern, deceased daughter of Senator George and Eleanor McGovern, subject of the book Terry by her father: "i go out of my way to avoid stepping on ants."

Actress Rhonda Fleming  "i cannot kill an ant."

Actor James Coburn: (Buddhist) i do not kill flies.

Vedas: Jada Bharat was drafted to carry with others the
palanquin of the king. He stepped to avoid ants in such
a way that his actions were erratic and he was released from
compulosry duty.

Peter Burwash, professional tennis player and vegetarian
saw a column of ants come onto the court and crawl toward
the net. He lost the match because he would not harm them.

Father Ron Lengwin, KDKA host:
Adam's apple may have been the heart of the first butchered animal.

Larry L Miller of Ohio saw that the river floods had left thousands of fishes trapped in receding pools at the sides of the river. He spent 3 days and nights bucketing them back into the


"Even kings and emperors of great wealth and vast dominion cannot
compare with an ant filled with the love of God." -Guru Nanak-


When one grows up in Manhattan where apartment buildings are constantly involved in extermination of cockroaches one realizes)they are always waiting in the wings.
J Freundschuh


I wouldn't touch a hot dog unless you put a condom on it! You realize that the job of a hot dog is to use parts of the animal that the Chinese can't figure out how to make into a belt?    -Bill Maher-
My food grows on trees and in fields, not in wombs and cages   -Davegan-
I've been a vegan for two years... I'm motivating people to do something about how we are living on this planet    -Stevie Wonder-
The circus is to entertainment what vivisection is to science, and pornography to art.  Philip Wollen


“If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.” ⁃Albert Einstein


“Animals share with us the privilege of having a soul” -Pythagoras

“He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.”-Immanuel Kant


“The question is not, 'Can they reason?' nor, 'Can they talk?' but rather, 'Can they suffer?” -Jeremy Bentham


“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
“No animals need to die in order for me to live. And that makes me feel good.”--Howard Lyman (who was once a 4th generation Montana cattle rancher who decided to tell everyone
what was happening in the cattle industry)
“Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace”
-Albert Schweitzer
“The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different” - Hippocrates


“Greater eaters of meat are in general more cruel and ferocious than other men.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Vincent Van Gogh wrote his brother
that after visiting the abbatoirs of southern France he had stopped eating meat.

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Ramses II

Trudging in the mud,

taking the lashings,

a collective effort 

these huge stones,


Sweat pouring 

down our bodies,

we dare not fall

out of line.


To displease the master

is to die, a tight schedule

to finish his palace;

we will work day and night


With little or nothing to bring

home to our families, but the pain

in our eyes; stale bread, we will starve

like rabbits


Waking up again; another long day,

such is the life of a slave,

always fearing what will happen

but never able to conquer them.


Only Pharaoh has

and with that seed of doubt planted,

our faith in god slowly withers away

like our lives.


Cataracts begin to form from constantly looking

up at the sky:

any sign to help our resolve

but not even a mirage.


On earth it is pharaoh who has made himself god,

in his image, our lives have been molded,

to serve at his every bidding and whim,

until the very day we die.


There is no deliverance for the israelites,

as long as we are ok with continuing being slaves,

until then the land of milk and honey

will be so very far away; And god will never answer any of our prayers.










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i thought we had it all


you and me


thought that we could live


on love and a prayer


against all odds


a kind of evolutionary oddity




but love shall not live by


two by two


but by (un)holy trinity


for new blood


ensures genetic




lo, even in Eden


there were birds and there were bees...


for what the father without the hovering spirit


to move across the restless sea


and what old Dionysus


without the graces three...


faith, hope and Charity


spirit, soul and body




there were others then


outside the garden


those with eyes to see


the mark of Cain


the children of Seth's wisdom


and their bane


yea God in His wisdom foreordained


mighty Uriel of the flaming sword


to secure the secret


lest the nephilim partake


of that Other tree




yet even holy Noah's deluge


could not defeat the sacred purpose


for it was foreseen


that man should not live


by bred alone


but by word


turned sacrament


yea by spirit


clad in farse and blood ...




the time has come


to force the gates of Eden


to embrace the greater family tree




the serpent She spoke


hide the flame of


Eden in your hearts


ah my love – tis folly


the final idolatry


did you not know


two must needs give way


to three


yea four-fold vision


ere the sun


melt into the sea




now bare with me


second Eve


thy soft flesh




the primal one


conceive the darkness


from whence


the light doth come


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How to read The Bible

How to read The Bible

By JFarrell


It’s always struck me

No-one reads the Bible properly

Everyone reads

With preconceived ideas


Inspired by god, maybe

But written by men

For the benefit of men

For the control of men and women


And nowhere

Does it say what Jesus said

And nowhere

Does it say what Jesus did


It tells

What others say Jesus said and did

And in any court

That is called “here-say”


So, dear believer

Next time you read the Bible

Please try reading it with an open mind;

Maybe, god will speak back.


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reading is good

"The Lord is Your Shepherd, You Shall Not Want. Stop, Enjoy"

by Jeph Johnson (inspired by an anonymous meme and a line from an even less important book)

You are not yet hungry. You need not want.


Stop, enjoy.


But when we were hungry, you fed us lies and stole away our food benefits.


When we were thirsty, you gave us overflowing founts of poisoned water.


When we were sick, you canceled our health insurance and sequestered the focus of our doctors to vanity.


When we were in prison, you kept us enslaved without hope of rehabilitation, to for-profit corporate greed.


When we were strangers with a different color of skin you laughed at our expense, deported us or simply shot us when we protested your intolerance.


When we were lonely you took away our social programs, furthering your agenda of isolation.


Not all of us want to live in a tower locked away from the rest of the world.


But you...

Stop, enjoy.


From our elders you took away meals, medicine and social security.


From our workers, you took away legal protections, bargaining rights and refused to offer living wages.


When we went forth and multiplied, you took away funding for educating our future.


Stop, enjoy.


When we were bored you entertained us with strategically manipulative propaganda disguised as reality.


We asked for diversity, you promoted intolerance.


We hoped for caring, you encouraged isolationism.


We begged for equity, you squandered our resources on corporate and military excess.


We just wanted to breath, so you removed the filters from the smokestacks and coughed out more smog.


Those of us with physical and developmental challenges you mocked and ridiculed as fat and retarded.


While those of us with mental illness wander the streets cursing the world, building makeshift beds with cardboard boxes, wrapping our fragile bodies in shrouds of bubble wrap in downtown doorways.


Those who trample are responsible for the downtrodden.

Your health and wealth is at our ill expense.


Stop, enjoy.


When we were naked, you raped us, then blamed us because we were provocatively undressed.


Victimized, rather than offering refuge, we became your refuse; no shelter or hope for protection.


"Go back to him,"
you promised,
"He'll change."


After you systematically destroy us individually using each of these calculated methods, no beauty will be left in the world.


Stop, enjoy.


When gluttons engorge on an entire generation without hope of regeneration, those who you consume perish and only excrement remains.


Are you hungry yet?

Stop, enjoy.

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I tried to change

I tried to gain your approval

Tried to bring back the smile you had when we first met

and the fire that kept us alive for hours in dark heavens

I tried to turn back time and find my purity

Bowed down and prayed to the Divine

Burned my Nietzsche books

and turned to your Ignatian rules

Climbed the thousand steps of El Salvador

on my knees

Lit two candles in San Pedro Church

and prayed

Abstained myself from Rand and Marx

Silenced the waves of the seas

inside my soul,

the loud beating of my dying heart,

the whispers of the cold wind

Dressed black on Friday nights

Slapped my cheeks with verses

of my sins

Recited the rites of holiness 

to conjure your love

Dried up my eyes from hellish cries...

I swallowed you

Your blood, flesh, and tears

Like a sacrament, I welcomed it all —

even the dark clouds that moved 

around you

Didn't I hear the heavens and saw

the angels in you?

Still, my demons are here to stay and say,

Why am I still not enough for you?

How can be enough for you?


People call me an atheist.

Even have the audacity to call me a "heathen".

So be it. 


When we love someone

in the midst of being separated from them forever,

for whatever reason---


difference of opinion,

personal preferences,





We feel the impact of love,

on us,

to its most powerful extreme.

It would "seem" natural....


that we would be able to know

from that alone,

that love is the most powerful force

on the face of the Earth

as far as motivating






and trust it....

"go with the flow".


The greater the pain is,

the more intensely we feel the love,




that does not seem to be the case in all instances.


Separation often brings resentment,  


regression into destructive coping mechanisms,


more distance,

and instead of love growing,

it disappears completely,

as people cling to belief systems

that place man made moralistic laws and priorities

before it. 


 In the bible it says,

(for my bible friends)

"thou shalt place no false gods before me".  

Just sayin.

Translate it how it makes sense to you.


There is no superior morality,

and there is no particular type of


or religion






There is just love.


Take it, or leave it. 

It is what it is.


©June 2016

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The holy babble.

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Conscious Mind

Guilty Conscious eating at you? Don't let it. Guilt is a good thing, it was designed so as to make us ever aware of our shortcomings and/or faults. Once you have acknowledged your sin and asked for forgiveness, you are forgiven... so let it go. Some people allow Satan to use that sin against them by turning guilt into condemnation. Do not give Satan the pleasure of torturing you, once again... once you acknowledge that sin that gave you a guilty conscience and ask for forgiveness, you are forgiven... Read this poem!

Conscious Mind

Fear not a conscience that brings forth guilt
For upon that conscience is salvation built
Guilt is merely acknowledgment of a life of sin
Guilt brings out the monster hiding within

Put not this guilt, or its pain aside
Confront and acknowledge those sins that do hide
For guilt brings repentance and a life anew
Confessing those sins will open a door for you

To ignore this guilt would be a mistake
So confront that guilt for heaven's sake
If your pride makes you put it away
It will be back to haunt you another day

All men sin and fall short of the glory of God
But woe unto him that gives guilt not even a nod
Go up to an alter and pour out your heart
Give God that guilt and in heaven take part

By: Wayne Hoss

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St. Jerome

St. Jerome in the Wilderness

Master, Master come to me,

                                                                                            Savior, Savior hear my plea.           


O Lord I understand my punishment.

I will not flee this banishment.

Until a time that you are done,

For you alone art the holy one.


Through temptation I have stayed,

Loyal in your gaze and unafraid.

I bear my cross as you bore yours,

Even with the window outdoors.


I use this quill to help you Lord,

As I hear the echo of a far off chord.

I praise your name to the land,

And rejoice when I hear the voices of the sand.


Amen, Amen I say to thee,


Amen, Amen please set me free.

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