QuotationsPhilip Wollen
Quotations Archive From all-creatures.org

This Quotations Archive contains words from famous and some not so famous people who have expressed a sense of love, compassion, and respect for all of God's creation: for people, for animals, and for the environment. They speak of our teaching methods and philosophy. They speak of a lifestyle of non-violence. They seek to eliminate cruelty and suffering. They seek to wake us up. They seek to give us hope.

Weeds by Mary T. Hoffman

Philip Wollen
Australian philanthropist, former vice-president of Citibank, now committed to spending his wealth empowering animal rights/vegan organizations, founder of Winsome Kindness Trust
(1950 - )

"In human history: 100 billion people have ever lived. 7 billion are alive today.
We torture and kill two billion land animals every week. And stab and suffocate one billion ocean animals every eight hours. Trillions of fish are ground up into pellets to feed livestock. Vegetarian cows are now the world’s largest ocean predators. The oceans are dying in our time. By 2048 all our fisheries will be dead. The lungs and the arteries of the earth. 10,000 entire species are wiped out every year because of the actions of one species. We now face the 6th mass extinction in cosmological history. If any other organism did this a biologist would call it a virus. It is a crime of unimaginable proportions". And I was accused of being a Misanthrope!"

"Peace is not just the absence of war. It is the presence of Justice. Justice must be blind to race, colour, religion or species. If she is not blind, she will be a weapon of terror."

"In my judgement, the vivisector is to medicine what the pornographer is to art."
~ "Dreamers of the Day"

"Act. Don’t react. See a need, fix it first. Worry about the details later. If you wait until you are asked you have just missed a golden opportunity. They are fleeting and rare."

"None of us is as smart as all of us. Synergy means 2 plus 2 equals 5".

"There is nothing we can’t achieve if we don’t care who gets the credit for it."

"Humankind’s greatest sin is anthropocentrism – where human life is valued above all other sentient life. Msirtnecoporhtna - backwards or forwards it makes no sense. If Moses could spell it, he would have put in his top 10."

"In their capacity to feel pain and fear, a pig is a dog is a bear is a boy."

"One man can make a difference and every man should try. (This includes women)"

"Just because you can do little does not mean you can do nothing."

"Start now. There is not enough darkness in the world to put out the light of a single candle."
"The most disgusting four letter word in the English language is 'cage'."

"We don’t “own” a “pet”. We are “guardians” of “companion animals”."

"A caged bird is proof of the moral bankruptcy of its’ jailer."

“A robin redbreast in a cage puts all heaven in a rage”.

"For the animal kingdom, the Holocaust never ended."

"Cruelty to an animal is something we learn. Put a child in a room with a toy and a bunny. If she plays with the toy and is cruel to the bunny, I will buy you a new car."

"When animals do something noble we say they are behaving “like humans.” When humans do something disgusting we say they are behaving “like animals.” Clumsy use of the English language perpetuates the myth that animals are inferior and disposable beings. This makes the task of humanitarians even more difficult."

"Our culture, religion and tradition starts with oral history. Our belief in the superiority of humans is rooted in the darkness and superstition, passed on by word of mouth for centuries. It has become holy, writ large by human hands. If we taped an oral history of animal kingdom, the anguished screams would drown out the sound and fury of the Big Bang."

"If an animal ever wrote a bestseller it would still be published under "Anon"."

"I can understand why some theologians believe animals have no souls. To the tortured animal, the only evidence of the existence of God is the absence of the torturer. In their cages, I would have little difficulty concluding that my jailer was living proof that God is deaf, blind, indifferent or dead. Standing in front of a torture chamber I realised the beast was outside the bars and I was two yards away from becoming an atheist."

"The Animal Circus is to Entertainment, what Vivisection is to Science, what Pornography is to Art."

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