What do Nikola Tesla, Leonardo Da Vinci, Leo Tolstoy, Franz Kafka, Emile Zola, Mahatma Gandhi, George Bernard Shaw, Albert Einstein, Pythagoras and Berta von Suttner have in common, except that they were geniuses in their fields? They were all advocates of animal rights. They had a great love and respect for animals of all kinds. Although some of them belong to different epochs, they finally had the opportunity to gather in one place, in the vegan book called “The Turtle Who Fights For Animal Rights“. These animals were not aware that they had such important and special friends. They listened in amazement as these writers, scientists, musicians, and painters spoke about them with much respect. This gave them hope that the rest of humanity would one day listen to the words of these exemplary people.

What did humanity’s greatest minds say in defense of tortured and killed animals from all around the world? They testify that abstaining from meat is the most intelligent and ethical choice humans can make.

Nikola Tesla (1856-1943, scientist and innovator)

Nikola Tesla was an advocate of vegetarianism as an ethical, ecological, economical, and healthy diet. We can rightly consider him one of the most ardent advocates of animal rights. He did not hesitate to present his views publicly and openly in conversations with journalists, scientists, and influential people of his time.

“I consider vegetarianism as a recommended starting point for giving up on established barbaric habits. Many peoples living almost exclusively vegetarian show greater strength and fitness. Some seedlings, such as oats, are more cost-effective than meat and better for mental and physical health. Every effort should be made to stop the vicious and cruel slaughter of animals, which can be devastating to human morale. To get rid of animal instincts and appetites, which set us back … we need to make a complete change in diet. All other thinking about food is unnecessary.”

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519, Italian artist and scientist)

“Man is truly the king of animals because his cruelty surpasses theirs. We live from the deaths of others. We are walking tombs! I gave up eating meat at a very young age. The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.”

L.N. Tolstoy (1828-1910, Russian writer)

“When a person freely and honestly seeks a moral path, the first thing he must turn from is meat. A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.”

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish playwright, writer, Nobel Prize winner 1925)

“Animals are my friends, and I don’t eat my friends. I choose not to make a graveyard of my body with the rotting corpses of dead animals.”

“A man of my spiritual intensity does not eat corpses.”

“While we ourselves are living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth?”

“The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That’s the essence of inhumanity.”

Pythagoras and George Bernard Shaw

Pythagoras (580 to 500 BC, Greek philosopher, and mathematician)

“For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love. If you claim that by the nature of things you are destined for a meat type of diet, then first personally kill what you want to eat. However, do it with your own hands, without the help of a butcher’s axe, knife, or any weapon. Should a man of my mind eat corpses?”

Albert Einstein, (1879-1955, German-American physicist, 1921 Nobel Prize winner)

In a letter to Max Kariel, Einstein wrote:

“I have always eaten animal flesh with a somewhat guilty conscience.”

Soon after he became a vegetarian, he said:

“Nothing will benefit health or increase chances of survival on earth as the evolution to a vegetarian diet. Our task must be to free ourselves by extending the circle of compassion to all living beings and all nature and its beauty.”

Let’s not forget that Albert Einstein had an IQ of about 160.

Franz Kafka and Albert Einstein

Franz Kafka (1883-1924, a Jewish writer born in Prague)

Kafka was attracted to vegetarianism for health and ethical reasons. While viewing a fish in an aquarium, he said:

“Now I can look at you in peace; I don’t eat you any more.”

Kafka  was interested in the benefits of raw-food diets. He was also involved in anti-vivisection activities.

Emile Zola (1840-1902, French writer)

“The fate of animals is of greater importance to me than the fear of appearing ridiculous; it is indissolubly connected with the fate of men.”

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian politician and advocate of non-violent resistance)

“I think that spiritual progress at one particular point requires us to stop killing living subjects to satisfy physical demands. The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated. Life is as precious to us as it is for an animal.”

Berta von Suttner (Nobel Peace Prize 1905)

“According to my belief, there will come a time when no one will want to feed on corpses, when no one will be ready to learn to be a butcher anymore. How many of us are there now? Who would want to eat meat if they had to dig a knife into an animal themselves?”


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