“Animal rights is a part of myeveryday life. When you liveby example, you createa certain level of awareness. Friendsof mine, people I havenever discussed animalrights or vegetarianismwith, are adoptingvegetarian habitsbecause theysee it.”
“So-called farmstoday treat animalslike so many boxes ina warehouse, choppingoff beaks andtails andgenitalswith nopainkillers atall, inflictingthird-degree burnsrepeatedly by brandingcows, ripping out the teethof pigs, and just a horrible catalogof abuses that, if done to dogsor cats, would be illegal on groundsof animal cruelty.”
“I do it because Ireally love animalsand [killing animalsfor meat] justmakes me sad.”
“It's good for yourweight. It's good foryour health ….Going vegetarian isthe best damn way toeat. Period.”
“I have always beenan animal lover. I hada hard time disassociatingthe animals I cuddledwith—dogs and cats, forexample—from the animals onmy plate, and I never really caredfor the taste of meat. I alwaysloved my Brussels sprouts!”
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“I have beenparticularly concernedwith the sufferingsof chickens for many years.It was the death of a chickenthat finally strengthened my resolveto become vegetarian. These days,when I see a row of plucked chickenshanging in a meat shop it hurts.I find it unacceptable thatviolence is the basis of someof our food habits.”
“Chickens raisedfor food today are ...covered in excrement,they’re diseased, andthey’re drugged up with allsorts of toxins that you areingesting if you eat chickens. Onerecent study found that chickenflesh in this country has four times as mucharsenic—yes, arsenic, the poison (which is usedin the drugs the chickens are given)—as any othermeat. ... I have been a veganfor many years ...”
“Chickens, pigs, andother animals? They are interestingindividuals with personalitiesand intelligence. What peopleneed to understand is thatif they’re eating animals,they are promotingcruelty to animals.”
“Life is full of choices, andmany years ago,I chose to becomea vegetarian, and itwas one of the bestchoices I’ve ever made.”
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“I am a very strictvegetarian. … I just really,really love animals andI act on my values. … Iam really against cruelty[to] animals.”
“Every time we sit downto eat, we make a choice:Please choose vegetarianism.Do it for … animals. Do it forthe environment and doit for your health.”
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