To help people help animals.
It's sad and bittersweet to announce that I won’t be producing the Animal News Hour show or website anymore. I’ve been given the greatest of honors. God has chosen a new path for me. Imagine that. God knows my strengths and weaknesses. He knows my talents and my flaws. He knows my heart and and He knows my soul. He remembers that I promised Him I’d spend the rest of my life helping animals. He knows all that, and picked out a new path for me Himself. The greatest of honors. I never believed that He decided for me to do The Animal News Hour. I decided that before I knew the ways in which God advises us and guides us. So I’ve kinda been waiting to hear what He prefers I do to help animals. He answered me last week.
From now on, I’ll be helping endangered animals and habitats in the Southwest and Western U.S. Initially working to help endangered Mexican Gray Wolves to survive.
Like I said, I’ve been given the greatest of honors. God Himself chose a path for me to help animals. And as you can imagine, it is thrilling, and humbling.
Thank you all for stopping by The Animal News Hour these last 2 1/2 years. For hearing about animals. And reading about animals. And helping animals. I loved sharing with you all the wonders and beauty and joys and delights of God’s animals. And I will miss it. Thanks for stopping by. And for helping animals. Bless your hearts. Be well.
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“If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.”
St. Francis of Assisi
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
“Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test, consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this regard, mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it.”
"We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless..."
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Dogs never bite me. Just humans.”
“The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.”
“If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.”
“Animals don't hate, and we're supposed to be better than them.”
“If slaughterhouses had glass walls, the whole world would be vegetarian.”
“You can judge a man's true character by the way he treats his fellow animals.”
“It's man's sympathy with all creatures that first makes him truly a man.”
“Animals give me more pleasure through the viewfinder of a camera than they ever did in the crosshairs of a gunsight. And after I’ve finished ‘shooting,’ my unharmed victims are still around for others to enjoy. I have developed a deep respect for animals.
I consider them fellow living creatures with certain rights that should not be violated any more than those of humans.”
“It’s been a long time since we humans had to wonder where our breakfast is coming from.”
“We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.”
“I don't believe in the concept of hell, but if I did I would think of it as filled with people who were cruel to animals.”
“For animals that are overworked, underfed, and cruelly treated; for all wistful creatures in captivity that beat their wings against bars; for any that are hunted or lost or deserted or frightened or hungry; for all that must be put to death...and for those who deal with them we ask a heart of compassion and gentle hands and kindly words.”
"A righteous man regards the life of animals"
“Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind.”
“The assumption that animals are without rights, and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance, is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion in the only guarantee of morality.”
“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.”
"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals. It is then difficult for us to be cruel in thought even to a wolf."
“If you want to test cosmetics, why do it on some poor animal who hasn't done anything? They should use prisoners who have been convicted of murder or rape instead. So, rather than seeing if perfume irritates a bunny rabbit's eyes, they should throw it in Charles Manson's eyes and ask him if it hurts.”
"I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must, that we will be kind and take care of their needs. They are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty...."
“Man is the Reasoning Animal. Such is the claim. I think it is open to dispute. Indeed, my experiments have proven to me that he is the Unreasoning Animal... In truth, man is incurably foolish. Simple things which other animals easily learn, he is incapable of learning. Among my experiments was this. In an hour I taught a cat and a dog to be friends. I put them in a cage. In another hour I taught them to be friends with a rabbit. In the course of two days I was able to add a fox, a goose, a squirrel and some doves. Finally a monkey. They lived together in peace; even affectionately.
Next, in another cage I confined an Irish Catholic from Tipperary, and as soon as he seemed tame I added a Scotch Presbyterian from Aberdeen. Next a Turk from Constantinople; a Greek Christian from Crete; an Armenian; a Methodist from the wilds of Arkansas; a Buddhist from China; a Brahman from Benares. Finally, a Salvation Army Colonel from Wapping. Then I stayed away for two whole days. When I came back to note results, the cage of Higher Animals was all right, but in the other there was but a chaos of gory odds and ends of turbans and fezzes and plaids and bones and flesh--not a specimen left alive. These Reasoning Animals had disagreed on a theological detail and carried the matter to a Higher Court.
“I have been scientifically studying the traits and dispositions of the “lower animals” (so-called,) and contrasting them with the traits and dispositions of man. I find the result profoundly humiliating to me. For it obliges me to renounce my allegiance to the Darwinian theory of the Ascent of Man from the Lower Animals; since it now seems plain to me that that theory ought to be vacated in favor of a new and truer one, this new and truer one to be named the Descent of Man from the Higher Animals.”
“Man is the cruelest animal.”
“People speak sometimes about the "bestial" cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to beasts, no animal could ever be so cruel as a man, so artfully, so artistically cruel.”
“A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.”
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.”
“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.”
“I think I could turn and live with the animals, they are so placid and self contained;
I stand and look at them long and long.
They do not sweat and whine about their condition;
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins;
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God;
Not one is dissatisfied-not one is demented with the mania of owning things;
Not one kneels to another, nor his kind that lived thousands of years ago;
Not one is responsible or industrious over the whole earth.”
“I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.”
“The dog’s agenda is simple, fathomable, overt: I want. “I want to go out, come in, eat something, lie here, play with that, kiss you. There are no ulterior motives with a dog, no mind games, no second-guessing, no complicated negotiations or bargains, and no guilt trips or grudges if a request is denied.”
"We cannot pretend that we do not know this (about slaughterhouses). We are not ostriches, and cannot believe that if we refuse to look at what we do not wish to see, it will not exist. This is especially the case when what we do not wish to see is what we wish to eat."
“Perhaps in the back of our minds we already understand, without all the science I've discussed, that something terribly wrong is happening. Our sustenance now comes from misery. We know that if someone offers to show us a film on how our meat is produced, it will be a horror film. We perhaps know more than we care to admit, keeping it down in the dark places of our memory-- disavowed. When we eat factory-farmed meat we live, literally, on tortured flesh. Increasingly, that tortured flesh is becoming our own.”
Jonathan Safran Foer
“Auschwitz begins wherever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks: they’re only animals.”
Theodor W. Adorno
“To be a vegetarian is to disagree - to disagree with the course of things today... starvation, cruelty - we must make a statement against these things. Vegetarianism is my statement. And I think it's a strong one.”
Isaac Bashevis Singer
“Humans — who enslave, castrate, experiment on, and fillet other animals — have had an understandable penchant for pretending animals do not feel pain. A sharp distinction between humans and 'animals' is essential if we are to bend them to our will, make them work for us, wear them, eat them — without any disquieting tinges of guilt or regret. It is unseemly of us, who often behave so unfeelingly toward other animals, to contend that only humans can suffer. The behavior of other animals renders such pretensions specious. They are just too much like us.”
“We have doomed the wolf not for what it is, but for what we deliberately and mistakenly perceive it to be –the mythologized epitome of a savage ruthless killer – which is, in reality, no more than a reflected image of ourself.”
“Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to.”
Alfred A. Montapert
“Animals are more than ever a test of our character, of mankind's capacity for empathy and for decent, honorable conduct and faithful stewardship. We are called to treat them with kindness, not because they have rights or power or some claim to equality, but in a sense because they don't; because they all stand unequal and powerless before us.”
“There is no religion without love,
and people may talk as much as
they like about their religion, but
if it does not teach them to be good
and kind to man and beast,
it is all a sham.”
“The dog has seldom been successful in pulling man up to its level of sagacity, but man has frequently dragged the dog down to his.”
“Answer me, you who believe that animals are only machines. Has nature arranged for this animal to have all the machinery of feelings only in order for it not to have any at all?”
“Man, do not pride yourself on your superiority to the animals, for they are without sin, while you, with all your greatness, you defile the earth wherever you appear and leave an ignoble trail behind you -- and that is true, alas, for almost every one of us!”
“Love the animals. God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled. Don't trouble it, don't harass them, don't deprive them of their happiness, don't work against God's intent.”
“Kinship with all creatures of the earth, sky, and water was a real and active principle. In the animal and bird world there existed a brotherly feeling that kept us safe among them... The animals had rights - the right of man's protection, the right to live, the right to multiply, the right to freedom, and the right to man's indebtedness. This concept of life and its relations filled us with the joy and mystery of living; it gave us reverence for all life; it made a place for all things in the scheme of existence with equal importance to all.”
Chief Luther Standing Bear
“They do not sweat and whine about their condition, they do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins, they do not make me sick discussing their duty to God, not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things, not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago. ”
“Besides love and sympathy, animals exhibit other qualities connected with the social instincts which in us would be called moral.”
“The fate of animals is of far greater importance to me than the fear of appearing ridiculous.”
“If a man aspires to a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.”
“There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery.”
“There is, however, another subject on which the Queen feels most strongly, and that is this horrible, brutalizing, un-Christian-like vivisection…It must really not be permitted. It is a disgrace to a civilized country.”
“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”
“It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.”
“You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh we deprive a soul of the sun and light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy.”
“The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men. Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds them. We live by the death of others. We are burial places. My body will not be a tomb for other creatures.”
Leonardo Da Vinci
“Now I can look at you in peace; I don’t eat you any more.”
“Now, with regard to animals, they not only have life, but feelings of pleasure and pain too. We should treat their lives with respect, which we Tibetans are accustomed to do.”
The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet
“I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.”
“As long as people will shed the blood of innocent creatures there can be no peace, no liberty, no harmony between people. Slaughter and justice cannot dwell together.”
“We consume the carcasses of creatures of like appetites, passions and organs with our own, and fill the slaughterhouses daily with screams of pain and fear.”
Robert Louis Stevenson
“Animals are my friends… and I don’t eat my friends.”
George Bernard Shaw
“One farmer says to me, ‘You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make bones with;’ and so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying his system with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle.”
Henry David Thoreau
“Flesh eating is unprovoked murder.”
"Not to hurt our humble brethren (the animals) is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission--to be of service to them whenever they require it... “
St. Francis of Assisi
“Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.”
Arthur Schopenhauer in The Basis of Morality
“And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“As we talked of freedom and justice one day for all, we sat down to steaks. I am eating misery I thought, as I took the first bite. And spit it out.”
“Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.”
“Imagine how different the world would be if, in fact, it were, ‘reading, writing, arithmetic, and empathy.’”
Neil deGrasse Tyson
"Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.”
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing".
"When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle."
“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”