December  2015

Working towards a more compassionate world through education and advocacy

Increasing our Compassionate Footprint

December 2015

“Mankind’s true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it.” Milan Kundera, Czech author, critic, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

“We need a transformation of society at the level of culture itself. We need to realize that we have been captured by the lure of consumerism to believe our happiness and success depends on what we eat, wear, won and use... The Church has a moral and theological responsibility to embrace its role of stewardship of our beautiful earth and all its creation.” Bishop Ziphozihle Siwa, Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa and President of the South African Council of Churches


“All cruelty – to other animals as well as human beings – is an affront to civilized living and a sin before God.” Archbishop Desmond Tutu

“It is much better than a sentient being should never have existed, than that it should have existed only to endure unmitigated misery.” Percy Bysshe Shelley

“Two days ago I passed a truck probably heading for the Hout Bay informal settlement . On it were about 10 listless, thin sheep, transported in the heat of the day, and obviously heading for slaughter. I phoned up various organizations , but no one could do anything to help these poor creatures. It was as if they simply had no basic rights, were not regarded as sentient and simply objectified as meat. It was heartbreaking, and almost bizarre that this is seen as 'normal'.  It's as if the 'system' couldn't function as it does if it dared to see them in the light of living, breathing, fearing, loving beings. The callousness simply perpetuates the system. It hardens the heart, feeds a lie and gives people the sense that there is no harm in raising, transporting and killing innocent creatures in abject cruelty. This horror must end." Shelley van Braningen, Cape Town

Animal Voice  - I thought he was dumb

“It is at least admitted that the suffering of people is evil and that the man who causes it is a criminal. But thousands of animals are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of remorse... It cries vengeance upon all the human race.” Romain Rolland, Nobel Laureate

D.H. Lawrence

Animal Voice  - Tutu