Insects have their own lives, are complex, beautiful & love life. 800,000 different insect species share the planet, 4 times as many species than all other animals combined. Peace begins the moment we recognize that we are all interconnected. Educate others that nonviolence means protecting and saving insects from harm wherever possible.
~ Trisha Roberts (September 29, 2010)
Can you look forward to the future of our country and imagine any state of things in which, with slavery still existing, we should be assured of permanent peace? I cannot. We can constitutionally extirpate slavery at this time. But if we fail to do this, then unless we intend hereafter to violate the Constitution, we shall have a fugitive slave law in operation whenever the war is over. Shall the North have sacrificed a hundred thousand lives and two thousand millions of treasure to come to that at last? Not even a guaranty of peace purchased at so enormous a cost? After voluntary exertions on the part of our people to which the history of the world furnishes no parallel, is the old root of bitterness still to remain in the ground, to sprout and bear fruit in the future as it has borne fruit in the past?
~ Robert D. Owen (September 17, 1862)
Criticism of the bloated, ineffective entertainment machine called “the movement,” which is a misnomer because it’s moving nowhere but backward, is not tolerated. It interferes with our desire to believe the corporate welfarists who tell us that we can cure the moral cancer by writing a check, shutting up, sitting down, and watching the show. It’s like someone talking in a movie theater when we are trying to watch and enjoy some mindless movie. It interferes with the entertainment. And in our society—and within “the animal movement”—that is the gravest sin of all.
If the planet survives and history judges us about anything, it’s not going to be that we should have contributed more to animal welfare corporations so they could have had bigger campaigns about cage-free eggs or crate-free veal. It is going to be that in the face of the ruthless destruction of the most vulnerable among us—human and nonhuman—we just watched the show.
~ Gary L. Francione (September 27, 2010)
A drug can only be sold once, but a person can be sold over and over again in the same night, that is why human trafficking has become the second most profitable illegal activity in the world. People are not aware that this crime happens around us, it’s a global problem and actions need to be taken, this is clearly slavery.
~ Eric Proffitt (February, 2008)
All you're really doing is telling people that it's acceptable to take ownership of another living being
The “very least” you can do is go vegan, and promote veganism to every single person you encounter. Welfare reforms might help you sleep at night, but they don’t help those animals, and all you’re really doing is telling people that it’s acceptable to take ownership of another living being, and turn it into a slave, as long as we treat it nice.
~ Michal Zuk (September 24, 2010)
All forms of slavery MUST be abolished! This includes; child slavery and indentured servitude in the coffee and cocoa industries of the Ivory Coast of Africa, women and children in Sudan, child carpet slaves of India, forced marriages, debt bondage in Southeast Asia, human trafficking to serve sexual slavery, forced labor, or child soldiery, and the mass enslavement of nonhuman animals of this world. All life forms deserve the unquestionable right of liberty.
~ Marcia “Butterflies” Katz (October 10, 2009)