A Dying Vegetarian
For hundreds of thousands of years
the stew in the pot
has brewed hatred and resentment
that is difficult to stop.
If you wish to know why there are disasters
of armies and weapons in the world,
listen to the piteous cries
from the slaughterhouse at midnight.
Life is short,
The vanities of the world are transient,
but they alone live who live for others,
the rest are more dead than alive.
To a man whose mind is free, there is something even more intolerable in the suffering of animals than that in the sufferings of men. For with the latter it is at least admitted that suffering is evil and that the man who causes it is criminal. But thousands of animals are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. If any man were to refer to it, he would be thought ridiculous it cries vengeance upon all the human race. If God exists and tolerates it, it cries vengeance upon God. If there is no justice for the weak and lowly, for the poor creatures who are offered up as a sacrifice to humanity, then there is no such thing as justice.
. . . . (people who eat meat) are responsible for all the pain that grows out of meat-eating, and which is necessitated by the use of sentient animals as food all starvation and the thirst and the prolonged misery of fear which these unhappy creatures have to pass through for the gratification of the appetite of man all pain acts as a record against humanity and slackens and retards the whole of human growth . . .
The Struggle for Animal Rights
Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows