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20 Great Thinkers Who Spoke Out For Animal Welfare

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19. Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) – Scottish novelist and essayist

Robert Louis Stevenson

“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.”

20. George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) – Irish playwright and journalist, and winner of 1925 Nobel Prize for Literature

George Bernard Shaw

“While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth?”

“Animals are my friends… and I don’t eat my friends.”

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3:20PM PST on Jan 19, 2014

It's constantly amazing that so many supposedly innocent looking human babies, when grown up dedicate their short and useless lives to unspeakable atrocities. There is a constant flow of human monsters coming into this world.. they are like a flood of satanic evil on the earth

4:37PM PST on Jan 15, 2014

Thank you - wonderful, inspiring, refreshing, and sad all at the same time. They're called great minds for good reason. Thanks again.

9:53AM PST on Jan 14, 2014

Thank you for the information. I can certainly understand why these people are considered to be great thinkers!!!

11:18PM PST on Jan 13, 2014

Some people can live on vegetarian protein, and some can't. I have multiple food sensitivities, including almost all foods, and I can eat only certain meats and fishes and vegetables. I would vastly prefer to be able to eat only plant food, but I do not want to be judged for a diet that I don't choose. We do what we have to, in order to live.

So while I endorse the idea of vegetarianism, I can't practice it. Good for all those who can and do.

11:11PM PST on Jan 13, 2014

Pleased to read this one.

3:15PM PST on Jan 13, 2014

Thanks for the article. I am constantly disturbed at the number of intelligent people who continue to eat meat, even after seeing videos of the cruelty in factory farms and slaughterhouses....

2:29PM PST on Jan 13, 2014

Great thank you xx

11:13AM PST on Jan 13, 2014

Interesting article,Thank you

4:17AM PST on Jan 13, 2014

Thank you!

4:12AM PST on Jan 13, 2014

Omri H. for goodness sake get some perspective: you cannot view 19th century scientists and procedures with 21st century eyes. I will bet you are actually a creationist / (un)intelligent design supporter just looking for pathetic excuses to malign the greatest biologist the world has ever known.
His main scientific studies were of barnacles, however the many variations arising within domestic animals managed by humans within space of a few years identified that over the billions of years that this planet has existed nature would do a better job. The results and benefits of his work far outweigh the sacrifice of a few pie fillings.

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