Got a quote or thoughts on Lifeline, speciesism or vivisection? Get in touch!
"Seven years ago I learned that it is unnecessary to harm animals for food or any other reason. I am grateful to Animal Justice Project and their Lifeline campaign. I hope that we can all live in alignment with our core values and not inflict needless suffering upon trillions of innocent beings each year."
“We need to question these belief systems we have about animals. We need to ask ourselves what the difference is between a dog, a cow, a monkey or a fish. Does that difference justify a knife in one being's throat, and the completely moral treatment of the other? Treating someone differently because they were born a different species, race, gender or sexuality is baseless discrimination and should be rejected by anyone who cares about justice. Be fair. Be Kind. Be Vegan."
"We like to think that science is based on logic but what could be more illogical than using mice or dogs in medical research and pretending that this teaches us about people? Most of us believe harming animals is wrong; veganism simply means living in line with the ethics so many of us already hold in our hearts."
"People's ability to imagine the suffering of other living beings varies. Some feel deeply for their own family, yet struggle with feeling or expressing concern for strangers. Veganism requires emotional connection with a different species and is beyond many people, whose bandwidth of compassion must be expanded to include animals. This requires compassion towards these people and finding ways to reach them, for example through a domestic animal they fiercely protect."
“I grew up in a farming village with many dogs, cats, hamsters and rats as pets. One day I walked into our local butchers’ shop and got myself an apprenticeship, eventually qualifying as a butcher. I lived this way for many years, I saw a great deal of malpractice, such as dying the flesh red to make it look fresh. I had to go to a slaughterhouse as part of my training, I witnessed cows being raped, babies being pulled out of them with no care, separation, the milking machines, the male calf "veal" huts, the screams of desperation. I left my job and became an animal rescuer and student. The irony is that I've always loved and rescued animals, yet I was so quick to fillet others. This is called speciesism. This is where you think one life is more important/deserving than another’s. It has been proven that a pig is more intelligent than a dog. It has been proven that animals feel pain, love and loss. I will carry guilt all my days but I will spend them now as an activist and speaking for those poor beautiful animals who are voiceless”.
"As someone who has been involved in several social justice campaigns, including women's rights and LGBTIQ campaigns for nearly 30 years, I've seen that liberation and equality and a truly kind world won't happen while there are groups who are oppressed and abused, simply for being 'other'. Our calls for peace and compassion must extend beyond our own species. We have run out of excuses for our inhumane treatment of non-human animals. It's time to acknowledge the final frontier of social justice, put an end to speciesism, and refuse to be complicit in the exploitation and brutality of others – all others."
“People keep asking me: Robbie, why are so many people going vegan? And I say: Isn't it really very obvious? This is a simple thing that any person can do by making a shift in their attitudes. This has a huge and positive effect on the planet and others. It fills people with a sense of purpose. There aren't many things in our lives where we are able to do that and have such far-reaching effects. The act of leaving animals off our plates, our clothes and our purchases, halves our carbon footprint, can improve our health and most importantly saves billions of animals from a life of untold suffering. Humans must change and learn to shift from our parasitic behaviour to that of a symbiont. We have all the tools we need to live in harmony with nature."
"Speciesism is like racism and sexism; it's discrimination against animals (or certain animals). For example, if we were to say it's wrong to kill a dog, but fine to kill a pig, that would be speciesism. Or if we were to say humans matter, but animals don't, that would also be speciesism. Nobody gets to choose what body they're born into and there's nothing wrong with being different. So if we're against racism and sexism, we should also be against speciesism. It doesn't matter that animals aren't as smart as us; what matters is that they feel pain and they want to live. We should not take advantage of those who are weaker than us. These are conscious individuals – babies and their mothers – and we enslave, torture and murder them. They've done nothing to deserve this and they need us to be kind. They need us to speak out against speciesism at every turn so that society will finally see the truth and find the power to stand for liberation. We will gather by the thousands and walk right into places where animals are being abused and rescue them, and the world will hear their story and stand beside us.”
“The industries who exploit animals fight so ardently to keep what happens hidden from the consumer and general public. They recognise the horrors that animals are forced to endure and as such, they give us marketing ploys and deceitful advertising campaigns to trick us into believing a narrative that is detached from the truth. It is so important that we educate ourselves on the reality of what happens to animals and bear witness to the suffering that they endure. By doing this we force ourselves to confront the abject reality of what is happening and from that point on we understand the urgency of why we must live vegan."
“Why are people still not treating all animals with the same compassion as their companion animals? Let’s educate those who are disconnected to treat animals with kindness and respect regardless of their species.”
“If we think racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism and all other forms of discrimination are wrong, then we already oppose speciesism. To discriminate against another sentient being just because they look and sound different to us creates a painfully sad world of suffering for all animals – including human animals. Veganism helps stop the suffering of, and discrimination towards, non-human animals. We simply extend our circle of compassion beyond our family cats and dogs to include all animals that we have been indoctrinated to believe are here for our use. The very least we can do is not support the violence against animals by stopping paying for the needless exploitation and use of animals. Going vegan is not the most we can do, it’s the least we can do.”