... to me it appears strange that the men against whom I should be
enabled to bring an action for laying a little dirt at my door, may
with impunity drive by it half-a-dozen calves, with their tails lopped
close to their bodies and their hinder parts covered with blood ......
Lord Chesterfield (1692-1772)
The dreadful situation of the brute creation, particularly of
those which have been domesticated, claims our strictest attention.
Capitalist [agricultural] production prevents the return to the
soil of its elements consumed by man [sic] in the form of food and
clothing; it therefore violates the conditions necessary to lasting
fertility of the soil [sic]. By this action it destroys at the same
time the health of the town labourer and the intellectual life of
the rural labourer.
Karl Marx (1818-1883)
...all progress in capitalistic agriculture is a process in the
art, not only of robbing the labourer, but of robbing the soil...Capitalist
production, therefore, develops technology...only by sapping the
original sources of all wealth -- the soil and the laborer
Karl Marx (1818-1883)
The major cruelties practised on animals in civilized countries
today arise out of commercial exploitation, and the fear of losing
profits is the chief obstacle to reform.
One of the remarks made by farmers at their public discussion
of these problems suggest that they are rapidly ceasing to think
of animals as sentient beings at all. If you handle vast numbers
of creatures which are in any case going to die soon, it is, I suppose,
easy to get into a state of mind in which they seem to be merely
Kingsley Martin (1897-1969)
As cruel a weapon as the cave man's club, the chemical barrage
has been hurled against the fabric of life.
Rachel Carson (1907-1964)
Family organisation is broken and young animals are increasingly
being denied a mother to turn to for comfort and for grooming. One
of the saddest and most pathetic of farm practices - inevitable
at the present time for the supply of dairy produce - is the separation
of the calf from the cow at birth or soon after.
Ruth Harrison (1920- )
The fate of ther cow and her calf must diminsih us. We are too
proud, too arrogant, and too cruel. We shrink too easily from emotion
and resort all too sparingly - as if it were a sign of decadence
- to the language of kindness and mercy. We indulge our cleverness
and convenience ignobly. We have the wit and resource to become
friendlier denizens of this world.
Alan Long PhD (1925- )
No one really needs a mink coat in this world ... except minks.
Glenda Jackson (1936- )
Animal factories are one more sign of the extent to which our
technological capacities have advanced faster than our ethics. We
plow under habitats of other animals to grow hybrid corn that fattens
our genetically engineered animals for slaughter. We make free species
extinct and domesticate species into biomachines. We build cruelty
into our diet.
Jim Mason (1950- )