Arguments About Animal Rights



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Supporters of theanimal rightsmovement and theiropponentsoften use quotes to bolster their arguments. Unfortunately, some of these quotes are taken out of context, misattributed, or otherwise incorrectly used. Famous quotes about animal rights, from Paul McCartney to the Bible, are explored and explained here.


One quote taken out of context is attributed to writer爱丽丝沃克。这是一个清晰的动物权利,是一个美丽的报价:

"The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than Black people were made for Whites or women for men."

它是动物权利运动中最着名的引用之一。它归因于普利策奖获奖者的事实The Color Purple,一本书,通过同名的电影,以及百老汇音乐,使其成为更可靠和令人痛苦的。

The problem is the quote is taken out of context, and Walker wasn't expressing her own views. The source of the quote is Walker's preface to Marjorie Spiegel's 1988 book,可怕的比较。In fact, the very next sentence is "This is the gist of Ms. Spiegel's cogent, humane and astute argument, and it is sound." So Walker was simply summarizing someone else's views, not her own. It's easy to see how something like this spreads. It's a great sentiment, coming from a Pulitzer Prize-winning author. And technically, Alice Walker did write it.

Adolf Hitler

Critics of the animal rights movement, and specifically the aspect of it that involves vegetarianism, are quick to point out that Adolf Hitler was a vegetarian. Buzz such as this is a phenomenon of the internet age where misinformation spreads like wildfire if said information furthers one’s agenda. This rumor allegedly started because in his article inPsychology Today作家哈尔Hertzog报道that Hitler was overheard telling a female companion who ordered sausage while they were on a date:


Subsequent inquiry and research have proven that Hitler was not a vegetarian, a fact clearly indicated in a 1964Gourmet Cooking School Cookbookwritten by Dione Lucas, who spoke openly about Herr Hitler’s favorite meat dishes. So much for anti-animal rights people trying to demonstrate a link between vegetarians and the world’s most evil bastard.


Paul McCartney was avegan谁着名,公开讨论了他的素食生活。他实际确实说:“You can judge a man's true character by the way he treats his fellow animals.

Paul and his late wife Linda McCartney were both proponents of animal rights. Linda wrote in her bookLinda's Kitchen: Simple and Inspiring Recipes for Meals Without Meat写道:


作家Ralph Waldo Emerson也谈到了屠宰场,说:

“You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.”


Dr. Martin Luther King said:



Animal rights critics are also famous for citing biblical references to support their claim that people are supposed to use animals any way they desire, including eating them. This often used argument stems from Genesis 1:26-28:


Some theologians have suggested that the word “dominion” was translated incorrectly and should actually be “stewardship.” Though Susan B. Anthony likely was not responding to the use of the Bible to oppose animal rights, she did say:


While there is no evidence to support the idea that King or Anthony were vegetarians, their words are universal. Is there any harm in commissioning their moving words to inspire a kinder world?

-Edited and updated by米歇尔A. Rivera.