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Quotations about animals and wildlife

Louise MacNeice – Taking to animals to escape humans

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Many people take to animals to escape from human beings — but often, it turns out, because they find the animals so human. Others, of whom I am one, find animals a delightful change just because they are not human and never can be.

Louise MacNeice   (1907-1963)

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Christopher Hitchens – Those who campaign for animal liberation

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Christopher HitchensThose who campaign for animal liberation have confused the issue unnecessarily by borrowing human terminology. While the proletarian condition can be abolished and women can cease to be chattels and whole races can throw off slavery, there is no means of freeing animals from the condition of being beasts. For all I know, that is just as well.

Christopher Hitchens  

John Lubbock – How much we owe to domestic animals

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When we consider how much we owe to the Dog, man’s faithful friend, to the noble Horse, the patient Ox, the Cow, the Sheep, and our other domestic animals, we can not be too grateful to them: and if we cannot, like some ancient nations, actually worship them, we have perhaps fallen into the other extreme, underrate the sacredness of animal life, and treat them too much like mere machines.

John Lubbock   (1834-1919)

John Muir – The lives of bears

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John MuirBears are made of the same dust as we, and breathe the same winds and drink of the same waters. A bear’s days are warmed by the same sun, his dwellings are overdomed by the same blue sky, and his life turns and ebbs with heart-pulsings like ours, and was poured from the same First Fountain. And whether he at last goes to our stingy heaven or no, he has terrestrial immortality. His life not long, not short, knows no beginning, no ending. To him life unstinted, unplanned, is above the accidents of time, and his years, markless and bound less, equal Eternity.

John Muir   (1838-1914)