Animals are more than ever a test of our character, of mankind’s capacity for empathy and for decent, honorable conduct and faithful stewardship. We are called to treat them with kindness, not because they have rights or power or some claim to equality, but in a sense because they don’t; because they all stand unequal and powerless before us. Animals are so easily overlooked, their interests so easily brushed aside. Whenever we humans enter their world, from our farms to the local animal shelter to the African savanna, we enter as lords of the earth bearing strange powers of terror and mercy alike.
MATTHEW SCULLY, Dominion
Animals are like little angels sent to earth to teach us how to love. They don’t get angry or play silly games. They are always there for us.
WHITNEY MANDEL, Orange Coast Magazine, Feb. 2006
Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.
A. A. MILNE, Winnie-the-Pooh
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, Minding Animals
The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.
ALICE WALKER, attributed, The No-Nonsense Guide to Animal Rights