"You may torture my body, break my bones and even kill me. And then you can have my dead body. But not my obedience."
Mohandas K. Gandhi
"Pacifism is ultimately nothing more than a willingness to die, and to let others die, at the pleasure of the world's thugs. A single sociopath, armed with nothing more than a knife, could exterminate a city full of pacifists. ...Here we come upon a terrible facet of ethically asymmetric warfare: when your enemy has no scruples, your own scruples become another weapon in his hand."
Sam Harris, The End of Faith
"My doctrine is this, that if we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt."
Anna Sewell, author of Black Beauty (1820-1878)
"When I look at animals held captive by circuses, I think of slavery. Animals in circuses represent the domination and oppression we have fought against for so long. They wear the same chains and shackles."
Dick Gregory, comedian, civil rights activist, humanitarian, vegan
"There is a massive Holocaust unfolding throughout the planet now, and what we need most is mass social resistance and stopping the total war on the earth and animals by any means necessary. We need anger, resistance, fearlessness, sacrifice, putting our bodies on the line, risking our freedom or our lives if necessary. Academics by and large self-interested careerists, profiteers off the animals Holocaust, bureaucratic functionaries, servants of the state, theoretical fetishists, and obstructionists impeding political action and revolutionary change." -Dr. Steve Best