Kool Koalas"I wish no living thing to suffer pain"
Percy Bysshe Shelley
"A universe is indeed to be pitied whose dominating inhabitants are so unconscious and so ethically embryonic that they make life a commodity, mercy a disease, and systematic massacre a pastime and a profession"
"...Analogously, suppose extraterrestrial beings of a higher intelligence than ours were to invade our planet. Would they be morally justified in destroying and eating us simply because we did not measure up to their levels of intelligence and they like the taste of our flesh?"
"If a man is not to stifle his human feelings, he must practise kindness towards animals, because he who is hard to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals"
"Very few people question it is an act of kindness to put an animal to death if it is injured beyond hope of a pain-free future; or that it is better to neuter our pets than allow thousands of unwanted litters to be born. But mention it might be better for a breeding sow in a farrowing crate if she had never been born, and you will be met with chants of "Any life is better than no life". Humans have an odd way of justifying activities that bring them pleasure, or profit, or both"
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