Ingrid Newkirk quotes

  • If my father had a heart attack, it would give me no solace at all to know his treatment was first tried on a dog.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Dog #Father #Heart

  • We have to be aggressive when those we stick up for have no voice. I don't consider it radical to say cruelty is wrong and that animals should be respected. I consider it radical to eat corpses, put electrodes in animals' heads, make elephants live in chains in the circus, and poison animals we consider a nuisance.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Animal #Elephants #Voice

  • Recognize meat for what it really is: the antibiotic- and pesticide-laden corpse of a tortured animal.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Animal #Meat #Antibiotics

  • ...no movement for social change has ever succeeded without 'the militarism component'....Thinkers may prepare revolutions, but bandits must carry them out
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Animal #Movement #May

  • Anybody who witnesses the suffering of animals and has a glimmer of hope of reducing that suffering can't take the position that it's all or nothing. We have to be pragmatic. Screw the principle.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Animal #Suffering #Principles

  • A lot of people have culturally induced ethical blindness, but they can be cured!
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #People #Ethical #Blindness

  • Eating meat is primitive, barbaric, and arrogant.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Meat #Arrogant #Eating

  • There's nothing humane about the flesh of animals who have had one or two or even three improvements made in their singularly rotten lives on today's factory farms.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Animal #Two #Flesh

  • A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Dog #Animal #Boys

  • Our nonviolent tactics are not as effective. We ask nicely for years and get nothing. Someone makes a threat, and it works.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Animal #Years #Tactics

  • When it comes to having a central nervous system, and the ability to feel pain, hunger, and thirst, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Dog #Pain #Boys

  • We do not advocate right to life for animals.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Animal #Right To Life

  • Going meat-free can make a huge difference. Studies show that vegetarians are, on average, 10 to 20 pounds lighter than meat-eaters and that a vegetarian diet reduces our risk of heart disease by 40 percent and adds seven or more years to our lifespan.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Heart #Average #Years

  • The extinction of Homo Sapiens would mean survival for millions, if not billions, of Earth-dwelling species. Phasing out the human race will solve every problem on Earth - social and environmental.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Mean #Dwelling #Race

  • Probably everything we do is a publicity stunt ... we are not here to gather members, to please, to placate, to make friends. We're here to hold the radical line.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Animal #Lines #Publicity

  • Six million Jews died in concentration camps, but six billion broiler chickens will die this year in slaughter houses.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Years #House #Six

  • Since we can't count on the meat, egg, and dairy industries to protect animals from the most egregious forms of cruelty, what can we, as consumers, do? Opting out of paying someone to allow animals to die in a barn fire or at the slaughterhouse seems pretty reasonable.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Animal #Fire #Eggs

  • The bottom line is that people dont have the right to manipulate or to breed dogs and cats ... If people want toys, they should buy inanimate objects. If they want companionship, they should seek it with their own kind,
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Dog #Cat #People

  • Even painless research is fascism, supremacism.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Animal #Research #Animal Rights

  • You dont have to own squirrels and starlings to get enjoyment from them ... One day, we would like an end to pet shops and the breeding of animals. [Dogs] would pursue their natural lives in the wild ... they would have full lives, not wasting at home for someone to come home in the evening and pet them and then sit there and watch TV,
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Dog #Home #Animal

  • Medical research is "immoral even it it's essential."
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Animal #Essentials #Research

  • The best bet for the horses would be to stop betting on the Derby and other horse races, and to stop breeding, racing and killing thoroughbreds altogether
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Horse #Animal #Race

  • We all have prejudices to dispel: the need to get away from thinking that 'I' am important and special and 'you' are not, and the frightened mindset that tells us that certain 'others' are of no consequence.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Thinking #Special #Important

  • By adopting a wonderful mutt, you'll save a life and help reduce animal homelessness while also boosting your chances of a more robust new furry friend, as mixed-breed dogs have demonstrated better health and longer life spans than their purebred cousins.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Dog #Cousin #Animal

  • Perhaps the mere idea of receiving a nasty missive will allow animal researchers to empathize with their victims for the first time in their lousy careers. I find it small wonder that the laboratories aren’t all burning to the ground. If I had more guts, I’d light a match.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Animal #Careers #Ideas

  • I don't use the word 'pet.' I think it's speciest language. I prefer 'companion animal.' We would no longer allow... pet shops... Eventually companion animals would be phased out.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Animal #Thinking #Pet

  • Although we have, in theory, abolished human slavery, recognized women's rights, and stopped child labor, we continue to enslave other species who, if we simply pay attention, show quite clearly that they experience parental love, pain, and the desire for freedom, just as we do.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Children #Pain #Rights

  • Bulls can do nothing to demand justice. They can only defend themselves as best they can in a fight with a pre-determined ending and die never knowing why they were forced to endure such a painful and prolonged death. It's up to us, as a civilized society, to call for an end to the Running of the Bulls and bullfighting.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Running #Fighting #Knowing

  • Seriously, I think everybody needs to be more disciplined; nobody needs any meat. But from a perspective of how many animals suffer, it's probably better to kill and eat one whale than it is to eat fish, chickens, cows, lambs and eggs.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Animal #Thinking #Whales

  • That's what the Nazis did, isn't it? Treated those "others" they thought subhuman by making them lab subjects and so on. Even the Nazis didn't eat the objects of their derision.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Labs #Nazi #Treated

  • Even painless research is fascism, supremacism, because the act of confinement is traumatizing in itself.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Research #Fascism #Confinement

  • I know it's illegal [trespassing], but I don't think it's wrong.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Thinking #Illegal #Trespassing

  • Even if animal experiments did result in a cure for AIDS, of which there is no chance, I'd be against it on moral grounds.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Animal #Chance #Moral

  • When I hear of anyone walking into a lab and walking out with animals, my heart sings.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Heart #Animal #Labs

  • Society is celebrity-based and we are determined to use [celebrities'] voices to make sure no one forgets there are issues over the use of animals. Celebrities can be great for our cause and can really make people sit up and think for the first time about animal abuse.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Animal #Thinking #Voice

  • If it's anything that's going to result in suffering to animals or people, then I don't think [the end] justifies the means. ... Yeah; but then again if you could hurt ten people to save 100 people and there was no option, what would you do? I can't really address that.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Hurt #Mean #Animal

  • We are opposed to all cruelty, so as advocates of non-violence, opponents of oppression, people who abhor the cruelty inherent in slaughtering we say the only ethical way to consume flesh is to pick up the carcass of an animal who has died naturally or been killed accidentally, say by being hit by a car, and eat that.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Animal #People #Car

  • When we build an attractive home, we raze land on which animals have already built their homes. They have nowhere to go.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Home #Animal #Land

  • Consumers of meat, eggs and dairy products might well ask what they are supporting. Do farmers care about anyone but themselves? Can't anyone see the cow for the cheese?
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Eggs #Meat #Care

  • Every animal has his or her story, his or her thoughts, daydreams, and interests. All feel joy and love, pain and fear, as we now know beyond any shadow of a doubt. All deserve that the human animal afford them the respect of being cared for with great consideration for those interests or left in peace.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Pain #Animal #Joy

  • If you like to bake with eggs, you can substitute Ener-G egg replacer, bananas, tofu, or many other ingredients. You get the hang of it quickly enough.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Eggs #Tofu #Ingredients

  • It's interesting that one of the definitions of the word 'human' is 'sympathetic.' More and more people are beginning to show that they understand why that is important.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #People #Interesting #Important

  • It's time for the State Department to permanently change its official policy to allow all members of U.S. citizens' families - no matter what size they are or how many legs they have - to evacuate together when disaster strikes.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Together #Citizens #Legs

  • Perhaps one of the most important things you can do for human beings is wean them off an animal-based diet. It hardens the arteries and runs up our health-care costs. The last thing a poor person can afford is a heart attack or cancer or a stroke. And that's all linked to a meat-based diet. I think animal liberation is human liberation.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Running #Cancer #Heart

  • Look out for your baby or your friend, of course. That is easy. The test of moral fiber is to stick up for those you relate to least, understand minimally, and do not think are that much like you.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Baby #Thinking #Looks

  • I am just trying to make the best possible case for the animals. That is clearly what I have been put on earth to do. Even after I am gone I will try to continue.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Animal #Trying #Gone

  • Winners don't eat wieners.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Animal #Animal Rights #Winner

  • I'd go to work early, before anyone got there, and I would just kill the animals myself...I must have killed a thousand of them, sometimes dozens every day.
    -- Ingrid Newkirk

    #Animal #Dozen #Sometimes