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Man is a religious animal. He is the only religious animal. He is the only animal that has the ‘True Religion’ – several of them! He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself but cuts his throat if his theology isn’t straight. He has made a graveyard of the globe in trying his honest best to smooth his brother’s path to happiness and heaven…The higher animals have no religion. And we are told that they are going to be left out in the Hereafter. I wonder why? It seems questionable taste…
Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it…
It is just like man’s vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions…
The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot…
I am not interested to know whether experimentation produces results that are profitable to the human race or doesn’t…The pain which it inflicts upon unconsenting animals is the basis of my enmity toward it, and it is to me sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further…
In studying the traits and dispositions of the so-called lower animals, and contrasting them with man’s, I find the result humiliating to me.
Mark Twain (1835-1910).

http://animalliberationfront.com/Saints/Authors/Quotes/quotes9.htm

There will come a day when such men as myself will view the slaughter of innocent creatures as horrible a crime as the murder of his fellow man – Our task must to be free ourselves – by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.
Albert Einstein (1879-1955). 
I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness or abilities that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now.
Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
William Penn.

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