"There is enough compassion in any community to overcome the necessity of killing healthy animals." Redemption: The Myth of Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America - Nathan Winograd (Almaden Books)

A Small Collection of Animal Rights Quotes

Acronyms of some influential Animal Rights Organization
  • ALDF Animal Legal Defense Fund
  • ALF Animal Liberation Front
  • ALL Animal Liberation League
  • EF Earth First
  • ELF Earth Liberation Front
  • Friends of Animals
  • Fund for Animals
  • HSUS Humane Society of the United State
  • NAALPO North American Animal Liberation Press Office
  • NJARA New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance
  • PETA People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
  • Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
  • SHAC Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty

Other "stars" of the Animal Rights Movement not quoted: Cleveland Armory (founder Fund for Animals), Bob Barker (TV game show host), John Bryant (PETA), Rodney Coronado (convicted felon & beneficiary of PETA funds), Chris DeRose (Last Chance for Animals), Eliot Katz (President In Defense of Animals), Bill Maher (TV talk show host), and many more)


"Deep down, I truly hope that oppression, torture and murder return to each uncaring human tenfold! I hope that fathers accidentally shoot their sons on hunting excursions, while carnivores suffer heart attacks that kill them slowly. Every woman ensconced in fur should endure a rape so vicious that it scars them forever. While every man entrenched in fur should suffer an anal raping so horrific that they become disemboweled. Every rodeo cowboy and matador should be gored to death, while circus abusers are trampled by elephants and mauled by tigers. And, lastly, may irony shine its esoteric head in the form of animal researchers catching debilitating diseases and painfully withering away because research dollars that could have been used to treat them was wasted on the barbaric, unscientific practice vivisection." Gary Yourofsky, PETA Humane Education Lecturer, interview on The Abolitionist – Online, 2005

"We feel that animals have the same rights as a retarded human child" Alex Pacheco, co-founder & Director, PETA New York Times, January 14, 1989

"Arson, property destruction, burglary and threat are 'acceptable crimes' when used for the animal cause." Alex Pacheco, co-founder & Director PETA, Associated Press News feature, January 3, 1989

"Property destruction is a legitimate political tool called economic sabotage, and it's meant to attack businesses and corporations." David Barbarash, spokesperson, ALF, interview on "The Connection," NPR, January 7, 2002

"There are fundamental and profound differences between the philosophy of animal welfare and that of animal rights. Thus welfare reforms, by their very nature, can only serve to retard the pace at which animal rights goals are achieved." Gary Francione & Tom Regan, "A Movement's Means Create Its Ends," The Animals' Agenda, January/February 1992, pp. 40-42

"Bank executives have had their yachts sunk behind their houses. Cars have been blown up; windows have been smashed; offices have been stormed. We're tired of yelling at buildings -- no one cares. We're tired of yelling at executives while they're in those buildings, and allowing them to go home and forget about us who are out there that afternoon -- we're going to their homes. We're doing what's effective. We're shutting this company down." Lauren James, Organizer, "Conference on Organized Resistance," American University, January 26, 2003

"Liberating our language by eliminating the word 'pet' is the first step... In an ideal society where all exploitation and oppression has been eliminated, it will be NJARA's policy to oppose the keeping of animals as 'pets.'" New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance, "Should Dogs Be Kept As Pets? NO!" Good Dog! February 1991, p. 20

"We are not superior. There are no clear distinctions between us and animals." Michael W. Fox, Vice President, HSUS, Washingtonian Magazine, February 1990

"Let me set the record straight. PETA does not condone or commit violent acts, nor do we threaten anybody with violence." Ingrid Newkirk, PETA President, Deseret News, February 12, 2002 Versus: "If I had more guts, I'd light a match." John J.P. Goodwin, Grassroots Coordinator, HSUS, former ALF member, The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 1993

"If killing [animal research scientists] is the only way to stop them, then I said killing them would certainly be justified." Jerry Vlasak, NAALPO, Washington Post, March 11, 2008

"Once we get three more directors elected, the Sierra Club will no longer be pro-hunting and pro-trapping and we can use the resources of the $95-million-a-year budget to address some of these issues." Paul Watson, Founder, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, NY Times, March 16, 2004

PETA on targeting children: "Everything we do is based at adults." Ingrid Newkirk, PETA President on CNN, March 21, 2002 Versus: "Our campaigns are always geared towards children and they always will be." Dan Matthews, PETA Vice President, on FOX News, Dec 19, 2003

"In a perfect world, we would not keep animals for our benefit, including pets," Tom Regan, emeritus professor of philosophy North Carolina State University, author of "Empty Cages" - University of Wisconsin-Madison, March 3, 2004

"If someone's willing to risk 20 years of prison by... burning a building used for animal torture, don't think they're going to worry about a silly restraining order that UCLA cooks up." Jerry Vlasak, founder & press officer NAALPO, The Guardian, UC San Diego, April 21, 2008

"Our nonviolent tactics are not as effective. We ask nicely for years and get nothing. Someone makes a threat, and it works." Ingrid Newkirk, PETA founder & president, US News and World Report, April 8, 2002

"I'm not only uninterested in having children. I am opposed to having children. Having a purebred human baby is like having a purebred dog; it is nothing but vanity, human vanity." Ingrid Newkirk, PETA founder & president, New Yorker magazine, April 23, 2003

"Whatever it takes to stop someone from abusing animals is certainly morally acceptable." Jerry Vlasak, NAALPO, in answer to question about animal research," Is murder on the table as an option.?" Utah KUTV, April 26, 2008

"If the death of one rat cured all diseases, it wouldn't make any difference to me." Chris DeRose, director, Last Chance for Animals, quoted in Elizabeth Venant & David Treadwell, "Biting Back," Los Angeles Times, April 12, 1990

"My main concern is, as the largest animal rights organization in the world, it's our job to introduce the philosophy and hammer it home that animals are not ours to eat... I remember saying I would be much more comfortable promoting eating roadkill." PETA vice-president Lisa Lange regarding PETA's push to develop fake meat. New York Times, April 21, 2008

"We have no ethical obligation to preserve the different breeds of livestock produced through selective breeding. One generation and out. We have no problem with the extinction of domestic animals. They are creations of human selective breeding." Wayne Pacelle, Senior VP HSUS, Animal People, May, 1993

"There are some circumstances… where the newborn baby is severely disabled and where the parents think that it's better that child should not live, when killing the newborn baby is not at all wrong... not like killing the chimpanzee would be. Maybe it's not wrong at all." Peter Singer, godfather of the Animal Rights movement

"I don't have a hands-on fondness for animals…To this day I don't feel bonded to any non-human animal. I like them and I pet them and I'm kind to them, but there's no special bond between me and other animals." Wayne Pacelle, Senior VP HSUS, in Bloodties: Nature, Culture and the Hunt by Ted Kerasote, 1993, p. 251

"The bottom line is that people don't have the right to manipulate or to breed dogs and cats... If people want toys, they should buy inanimate objects. If they want companionship, they should seek it with their own kind." Ingrid Newkirk, founder, president & former national director, PETA, Animals, May/June 1993

"What we must do is start viewing every cow, pig, chicken, monkey, rabbit, mouse, and pigeon as our family members." Gary Yourofsky, Humane Education Director, PETA, Toledo Blade, June 24, 2001

"There is so much blood on this chicken-killer's hands, a little more on his business suit won't hurt." Bruce Friedrich, PETA Director of Vegan Outreach, PETA news release, June 23, 2003

"I don't think you'd have to kill -- assassinate -- too many ... I think for 5 lives, 10 lives, 15 human lives, we could save a million, 2 million, 10 million non-human lives." Jerry Vlasak, founder & press officer NAALPO, Animal Rights 2003 Convention, June, 2003

"We need to get in their faces and sue the animal users so often they don't know which courtroom they're supposed to appear in next." Valerie Stanley, Attorney ALDF, June, 1996

"Humans are exploiters and destroyers, self-appointed world autocrats around whom the universe seems to revolve." Sydney Singer, director, Good Shepherd Foundation, "The Neediest of All Animals," The Animals Agenda, Vol. 10, No. 5 (June 1990), p. 50

On the consequences of stopping animal research: "Don't get the diseases in the first place, schmo." David Mathews, PETA USA Today, July 27, 1994

"If we are not able to bring the churches, the synagogues, [and] the mosques around to the animal rights view, we will never make large- scale progress for animal rights in the United States." Norm Phelps, Program Director, Fund for Animals: "Animal Rights 2002" convention, July 2, 2002

"We are not terrorists, but we are a threat. We are a threat both economically and philosophically. Our power is not in the right to vote but the power to stop production. We will break the law and destroy property until we win." Dr. Steven Best, International Animal Rights Gathering 2005, The Telegram (UK) July 17, 2005

"If you had to hurt somebody or intimidate them or kill them, it would be morally justifiable." (referring to research scientists) Jerry Vlasak, NAALPO, Associated Press, July 8, 2008

"Getting arrested is fun." Dan Mathews, PETA director international campaigns, Orange County Weekly CA, July 25-31, 2003

"[A]s the surplus of cats and dogs (artificially engineered by centuries of forced breeding) declined, eventually companion animals would be phased out, and we would return to a more symbiotic relationship--enjoyment at a distance." Ingrid Newkirk, PETA President, "Just Like Us? Toward a Notion of Animal Rights," Harper's, August 1988, p. 50

"Pet ownership is an absolutely abysmal situation brought about by human manipulation." Ingrid Newkirk, PETA President "Just Like Us? Toward a Nation of Animal Rights" (symposium), Harper's, August 1988, p. 50

"There is no rational basis for saying that a human being has special rights. A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy. They're all mammals." Ingrid Newkirk, PETA President The Washington Times August 29, 1999

"If Vice President Al Gore advocated killing rabbits to see if women are pregnant and called it a step forward for science, we'd all think he'd gone 'round the bend. We don't need to do that sort of thing anymore, we'd say. We have better, kinder ways." Ingrid Newkirk, PETA President in The Washington Times August 29, 1999

"Even if animal research resulted in a cure [for AIDS], we'd be against it." Ingrid Newkirk, PETA National Director, Vogue, September, 1989

"We need a drastic decrease in human population if we ever hope to create a just and equitable world for animals" Freeman Wickland, Animal Liberation League, & editor of "No Compromise," September 1996

"I would be overjoyed when the first scientist is killed by a liberation activist." Vivien Smith, ALF spokesperson, USA Today, September 3, 1991

"Until your daddy learns that it's not "fun" to kill, keep your doggies and kitties away from him. He's so hooked on killing defenseless animals that they could be next!'' PETA flyer quoted in the Asbury Park Press, September 23, 2005

"Our philosophy is to go for one company at a time, and go for its finances. If we had gone down and protested outside HLS (Huntingdon Life Sciences) every day for the last five years we would have got nowhere," Greg Avery, SHAC, BBC Online, October 5, 2004

"Would I advocate taking five guilty vivisector's lives to save hundreds of millions of innocent animal lives? Yes, I would." Jerry Vlasak, founder and press officer NAALPO, appearing on a panel on the Australian Special Broadcasting Service program Insight – October 12, 2004

Audience member: "If you were aboard a lifeboat with a baby and a dog, and the boat capsized, would you rescue the baby or the dog?" Regan, "If it were a retarded baby and a bright dog, I'd save the dog." Tom Regan, "Animal Rights, Human Wrongs" speech at University of Wisconsin, Madison, October 27, 1989

"Let me set the record straight. PETA does not condone or commit violent acts, nor do we threaten anybody with violence." Ingrid Newkirk, PETA President, Deseret News, February 12, 2002 Versus: "If I had more guts, I'd light a match." The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 12, 1999

"Six million Jews died in concentration camps, but six billion broiler chickens will die this year in slaughter houses." Ingrid Newkirk, PETA founder, President & former national director, Washington Post, November 13, 1983

"We do not have the right to use animals for any real or perceived need, whether it be food, clothing, entertainment, medical issues." Janine Motta, treasurer, New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance, Asbury Park Press, November 14, 2007

"[Animal] Fancies provide an escape from the real world, a sense of purpose in a lot of purposeless lives, a chance to play God by breeding animals, and a chance to play celebrity by showing them." Phil Maggitti, The Animals' Agenda, December 1991

"The life of an ant and that of my child should be granted equal consideration." Michael W. Fox, Scientific Director & former Vice President, HSUS, The Inhumane Society, New York, 1990

"We're a new breed of activism. We're not your parents' Humane Society. We're not Friends of Animals. We're not EarthSave. We're not Greenpeace. We come with a new philosophy. We hold the radical line. We will not compromise! We will not apologize, and we will not relent! ... Vivisection is not an abstract concept. It's a deed, done by individuals, who have weaknesses, who have breaking points, and who have home addresses!" Kevin Kjonaas, animal extremist & National Leader-spokesperson SHAC-USA rally, East Millstone, NJ, December 1, 2002

"Our goal is to make [the public think of] breeding [dogs and cats] like drunk driving and smoking." Kim Sturla, former director Peninsula Humane Society & Western Director Fund for Animals, stated during Kill the Crisis, Not the Animals campaign and workshops, 1991

"My goal is the abolition of all animal agriculture." JP Goodwin, HSUS, formerly at Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade, quoted on AR- Views, animal rights Internet discussion group 1996

"Surely there will be some nonhuman animals whose lives, by any standards, are more valuable than the lives of some humans." Peter Singer, Animal Liberation: A New Ethic for Our Treatment of Animals, 2nd ed. (New York Review of Books, 1990), p. 19

"We are not especially 'interested in' animals. Neither of us had ever been inordinately fond of dogs, cats, or horses in the way that many people are. We didn't 'love' animals." Peter Singer, Animal Liberation: A New Ethic for Our Treatment of Animals, 2nd ed. (New York Review of Books, 1990), Preface, p. ii In a November 16th 2009 e-mail Pacelle stated “every responsible breeder is a puppy miller, every family farmer is a factory farmer and every responsible hunter is a poacher” T

"If we believe in evolution, then we believe that humans come from other animals and the differences between us and them are differences of degree and not kind." Wayne Pacelle, HSUS President and CEO, Washington Post, 9 August 2004

"We are going to use the ballot box and the democratic process to stop all hunting in the United States. We will take it species by species until all hunting is stopped in California. Then we will take it state bystate." Wayne Pacelle, HSUS President and CEO, Full Cry Magazine, 1990

"If we could shut down all sport hunting in a moment, we would." Wayne Pacelle, HSUS President and CEO, Associated Press, December 1991

PETA on targeting children: "Everything we do is based at adults." Ingrid Newkirk, PETA President on CNN, March 21, 2002


"Our campaigns are always geared towards children and they always will be." Dan Matthews, PETA Vice President, on FOX News, Dec 19, 2003

Pacelle said animals are not the equal of humans in terms of intelligence, and that’s the reason people need to make an effort to protect animals. Wayne Pacelle, Calvin College (Wake Up Weekend) 2/19/12

"If (a particular researcher) won't stop when you ask nicely, when you picket in front of his house, or when you burn his car, maybe he'll stop when you hit him over the head with a two-by-four." Jerry Vlasak, The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 20, 2011.

"Hit them in their personal lives, visit their homes . Actively target U.S. military establishments within the United States ... strike hard andfast and retreat in anonymity. Select another location, strike again hard and fast and quickly retreat in anonymity ... Do not get caught. DO NOT GET CAUGHT. Do not get sent to jail. Stay alert, keep active, and keep fighting." Craig Rosenbraugh, radical animal rights spokesperson for terrorism and a recipient of PeTA funds, in Open letter to activists, published on the Independent Media Center website, March 17, 2003

"If an 'animal abuser' were killed in a research lab firebombing, I would unequivocally support that, too." Gary Yourofsky, founder of Animals Deserve Adequate Protection Today and Tomorrow (ADAPTT), now employed as PeTA's national lecturer

"I think [food producers] should appreciate that we're only targeting their property. Because frankly I think it's time to start targeting them." Rodney Coronado, convicted felon for the 1992 firebombing of Michigan State University research facility (57 months in federal prison, 3 years probation), speaking at the "Conference on Organized Resistance,"American University, January 26, 2003.

"It doesn't matter if there are people in there. They're irrelevant! It doesn't matter about the police. They're irrelevant! It doesn't matter about the high fences. They're irrelevant! It doesn't matter about the doors. They're irrelevant! It doesn't matter about the locks. They're irrelevant! What matters is our brothers and sisters in there. Smash everything when the cops aren't here! Get them out!" ."We'll sweep the police aside. We'll sweep the government aside. We'll sweep Huntingdon Life Sciences aside, and we'll raze this evil place right to the ground!" Robin Webb, British Animal Rights Terrorist, Speaking at Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, (SHAC) rally, East Millstone, New Jersey, outside a medical research facility, December 1, 2002

"The Politics of Animal Liberation", written by Kim Barlett, Editor of the Animals' Agenda, Nov. 1987. (The Animal Rights Agenda (Published in Animals Agenda magazine in November 1987)
1. Abolish animal research by law.
2. End product testing on animals.
3. Encourage vegetarian diets and make them available at all public venues (including primary and secondary schools).
4. Eliminate all animal ag.
5. Do away with ag chemicals.
6. Remove animal welfare legislation from the USDA.
7. Eliminate fur ranching.
8. Prohibit hunting, trapping and fishing
9. Prevent rainforest destruction.
10. Stop the breading of companion animals (including pedigreed or purebred dogs and cats).
11. Ban the use of animals for entertainment (including zoos, rodeos and circuses).
12. Prohibit genetic manipulative breeding.



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