Friday, February 29, 2008

Good Quotations from Living Celebrities

Selected these from here:

Woody Harrelson

"Yeah, milk does a body good—if you are a calf. It is evil to your body to put something in there that's designed to make an animal go from very small to very big in a short time."
(The Independent)

Benjamin Zephaniah

[When asked what he would eat if he were in a desert with no food in sight except a cow] "I'd find out what the cow was eating and join [him or her]."
(The Independent)

[On becoming a vegetarian at the age of 11 and a vegan at the age of 13] "I was disgusted by the taste and texture and the thought of having flesh and blood against my teeth. Think of the fierce energy concentrated in an acorn! You bury it in the ground, and it explodes into an oak! Bury a sheep, and nothing happens but decay."
(The Independent)


"I've always felt that animals are the purest spirits in the world. They don't fake or hide their feelings, and they are the most loyal creatures on Earth. And somehow we humans think we're smarter—what a joke."
(Chicago Sun Times)

Bret 'The Hitman' Hart

"I fail to see the glory in taking a high-powered rifle with a targeting scope and blowing away a grizzly bear—often leaving orphan cubs behind to starve, get hit by cars—or to be exterminated themselves by some other jerk so he can mount their little baby heads on his wall. The only thing animal trophies are a testament to is ignorance. In my view, there is absolutely no sport and nothing in any way admirable about hunting in today's times, [when] we do not have the necessity of slaughtering our own food. ... Hunting is just senseless butchering and too often done inhumanely."
(The Calgary Sun)

Jennifer Connelly

"We are big veggie people in our house. I know that sounds boring, but we are more indulgent with our love than our food. So it's going to be a veggie menu."

Homer Simpson

"The zoo opens up a whole new world for the animals. In the wild, they would never experience boredom, obesity, loss of purpose—you know, the American Dream!" [LOL]
(TV Guide)

Richard Gere

"People get offended by animal rights campaigns. It's ludicrous. It's not as bad as mass animal death in a factory."
(Time Out)

Richard Gere

"People get offended by animal rights campaigns. It's ludicrous. It's not as bad as mass animal death in a factory."
(Time Out)

Dick Gregory

"Animals and humans suffer and die alike. Violence causes the same pain, the same spilling of blood, the same stench of death, the same arrogant, cruel, and brutal taking of life."
(Marin Independent Journal)

James Cromwell

"If any kid realized what was involved in factory farming, they would never touch meat again. I was so moved by the intelligence, sense of fun, and personality of the animals I worked with on Babe that by the end of the film I was a vegetarian."
(Newark Star-Ledger)

Gov. Jesse Ventura

"[Y]ou need to hunt something that can shoot back at you to really classify yourself as a hunter. You need to understand the feeling of what it's like to go into the field and know your opposition can take you out. Not just go out there and shoot Bambi."
(Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

Cameron Diaz

After being told that pigs share the same mental capacity as 3-year-old children:
"My niece was 3 at the time, which is a magical age. I thought, Oh, my god, it's like eating my niece!"

Devon Aoki

"I sometimes think, would I drink the milk from the breast of a woman I don't know? No. So I think, why would I drink it from a cow?"

Jack La Lanne

"You name me one creature on this Earth that used milk after they're weaned. It's not good for you. It's good for a suckling calf. Are you a suckling calf?"
(Dateline NBC)

Susan Powter

"[I]f you, or anyone (and I have) ever walked into a meat/chicken mass production house in this country, you wouldn't eat what comes out of there. The stream line inspection system in the U.S. today says it all: 80,000 birds a day processed. Out of those 80,000, only fifteen birds are inspected. Out of those fifteen birds, they have to have three or more pen abscesses to be pulled off the line. Now, if that's OK with you—then you are already brain-dead. If you believe that this government is anything other than a lobby system, then you are stupid as sh-t. If you believe the FDA is protecting you and your family, you shouldn't read The Politics of Stupid ... perhaps a fairy tale, one by Disney—Snow White, ya know—the maid to seven midgets!!!"
(The Stranger)

B.B. King

"I came home one morning and saw an English actress on TV who was talking about how a lot of fast-food companies fix chicken, for example. They showed how the chicken would be coming around like on an assembly line, and when they get to each place, this thing would cut the heads off and something else would do something else to them. And they showed some place in northern Canada where they were killin' the baby seals. They were white and pretty out on the snow, and then they'd kill them and there would be blood and stuff. They showed how we make mink coats in the U.S. We electrocute the minks through their testicles so it won't hurt the fur. I was sitting there and I just got angry. One of my sons who usually cooks for me came over the next morning to make me some bacon and eggs, and I couldn't eat it. And from that time on that's been my protest—I haven't eaten any meat since." [Yeah, BB, I've always known you were awesome!!]

(Guitar World)

Jane Goodall

"Hundreds of people watch the antics of birds on their bird tables, feed them through the winter, and provide nest boxes in the spring, yet never give a thought to the domestic hens, turkeys, and ducks who, in the nightmarish conditions of battery farms, live lives so cramped that they cannot spread their wings or roost or do any of the things that make avian life in the wild so joyous. Thousands of people who say they 'love' animals sit down once or twice a day to enjoy the flesh of creatures who have been utterly deprived of everything that could make their lives worth living and who endured the awful suffering and the terror of the abattoirs—and the journey to get there—before finally leaving their miserable world, only too often after a painful death."
(The Ten Trusts)

Russell Simmons

"My wife, Kimora, once told me while we were watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre that that's a vegetarian movie. The way that woman was screaming, 'Aaaahhh,' and she's running away—that's how every animal you eat is running for his life …."
(Interview With PETA)


"I think and speak clearer since I cut the dairy out. I can breathe better and perform at a better rate, and my voice is clearer. I can explore different things with my voice that I couldn't do because of my meat and dairy ingestion. I am proud and blessed to be a vegetarian, everything became clear."