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"I am sometimes asked, 'Why do you spend so much of your time and money talking about kindness to animals when there is so much cruelty to men?' I answer: 'I am working at the roots.'"
George Thorndike Angell

George Thorndike Angell was an American lawyer, philanthropist, and advocate for the humane treatment of animals.

George Thorndike Angell

A Voice for Those Who Cannot Speak for Themselves

"In 1641, just 20 years after the landing at Plymouth Rock, the Pilgrims included in their Body of Liberties safeguards to protect all living creatures. Sadly, their good intentions created few real protective benefits for the nation’s domestic, wild and labor animals. In early America, as in the rest of the world, animals thrived — or suffered — according to the whims of the people who came into their lives. These creatures had no voice, no one to speak for them. Then one extraordinary day in 1868, that powerlessness ended with George Thorndike Angell."

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"Animals are noteworthy and miraculous, not just because they share traits with us, but because they are special and impressive in their own right."

Timothy Genter

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Animals are, like us, endangered species on an endangered planet, and we are the ones who are endangering them, it, and ourselves. They are innocent sufferers in a hell of our making.

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson and Susan McCarthy

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson is an American author. Masson is best known for his conclusions about Sigmund Freud and psychoanalysis.

I believe that in 500 years (maybe less) people will look back on us and wonder about many things. No doubt behavior we consider normal today will inspire horror in our more enlightened successors. War, for example. But I also think they may believe our disdain of insects is incomprehensible. Perhaps they will marvel that we could so easily cut down trees and perhaps even flowers.

I am completely opposed to any form of animal exploitation, including animal experimentation, keeping animals in zoos or in circuses, (indeed any form of captivity for animals), the use of leather, fur, wool and silk. I am even questioning my use of hearts of palm and maple syrup (thinking about the wounds necessary to create the sap). I also have begun to wonder whether any domesticated animal can lead an ideal life in the company of humans. Cats seem to me to come the closest, when they are able to wander freely and in safety.

Jeffery Masson About Jeff

Unfortunately there is little biographical information online concerning Susan McCarthy.

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“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.

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.

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Animal Rights: A History Albert Schweitzer

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Albert Einstein, 14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955, was a German-born theoretical physicist and philosopher of science.

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Jimmy Stewart American actor (1908-1997)

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Want to help bring and end to the barbarity of hunting and other cruel "sports"?

Please visit the following website: - the League Against Cruel Sports is the leading UK charity helping to prevent cruelty to animals associated with sports such as fox hunting, game bird shooting and wildlife crime. Lots of ways you can help save animals from the exploitation and cruelty of so called "sports"

Christina Georgina Rossetti (5 December 1830 – 29 December 1894) was an English poet who wrote a variety of romantic, devotional, and children's poems. She wrote the poems Goblin Market and Remember, and the words of the Christmas carol In the Bleak Midwinter.

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John Robbins (born October 26, 1947) is an American author, who popularized the links among nutrition, environmentalism, and animal rights.

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John Robbins, in his book The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World, describes a profoundly soulful encounter with a pig farmer. Robbins asked to tour the farmer’s pig farm for an article he was writing. Inside the pig barn, he viewed unimaginable suffering, stench, and pollution. The farmer’s wife invited Robbins to dinner, and to his own surprise, he impulsively accepted the invitation, despite his horror at the conditions for the pigs and the damage being done to the environment by the farm.

Expecting only small talk and a quick exit, Robbins was shocked when the farmer suddenly raised his voice causing his wife and children to disappear into other rooms, leaving Robbins and the farmer alone together. Inexplicably, almost as a confession, the farmer began to tell a story about a pet pig he had as a boy. His father raised pigs for slaughter, but this one turned out to be a friend. The boy often slept in the barn in the summer with the pig by his side, and they swam together in the nearby pond. But one horrible day, his father told him that it was time to kill the pig. If he refused, then he would no longer be his son. So he killed his friend, and kept up the family tradition of raising pigs, no matter the cost to his heart, the land, or the pigs.

Not too long after that, Robbins heard from this fellow about a complete life transformation. Because of that emotional breakthrough, the farmer and his wife had the courage to give up completely on the only life they knew and start over. They created a pig sanctuary and invited local school children to come and learn about how amazing pigs are, and they support themselves with their organic vegetable farm. Robbins commented in his book, “When I look at many of the things happening in our world, I sometimes fear we won’t make it. But when I remember this man and the power of his spirit, and when I remember that there are many others whose hearts beat to the same quickening pulse, I think we will.”

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Under Siege—Can Hearts Change In Time?

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Alfred A Montapert was an American Author and Philosopher

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Charles Darwin was born Born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, Charles Robert Darwin, 1809 – 1882, was an eminent naturalist who formed the theory of evolution, whereby all species originated from a common ancestry, this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process which he called natural selection.

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Animal Rights a History: Charles Darwin 

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