international vegetarian union


Quotes on being vegetarian

"Nothing will benefit health or increase chances of survival of life on Earth as the evolution to a vegetarian diet."
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German-born American physicist, Nobel Prize recipient

"The fact is that there is enough food in the world for everyone. But tragically, much of the world’s food and land resources are tied up in producing beef and other livestock-food for the well-off, while million of children and adults suffer from malnutrition and starvations."
- Dr. Walden Bello, executive director of Food First, Institute for Food and Development Policy

"I think of veganism humbly and holistically. It’s about taking personal responsibility in a world so full of needless suffering. It’s challenging one’s self to open one’s eyes and question society’s assumptions and habits. It’s about critical thinking and compassion and how we would like to see the world evolve."
- Michael Gregor, M.D., American lecturer & author

"All the arguments to prove human superiority cannot shatter this hard fact: in suffering, the animals are our equals."
- Peter Singer – Australian philosopher & author of Animal Liberation

"To avoid causing terror to living beings, let the disciple refrain from eating meat."
- the Buddha (circa 563-483 B.C.), Indian avatar

"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."
- Alice Walker, African-American writer & storyteller

"Spiritual progress does demand at some stage that we should cease to kill our fellow creatures for the satisfaction of our bodily wants."
- Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948), Hindu pacifist & spiritual leader

"Animals are my friends; I don't eat my friends"
- Bernard Shaw quote

"I wouldn’t expect vegetarianism to lead to enlightenment. However, it is probably that on your road to enlightenment, you will find vegetarianism along the way."
- Terry B

"It is the position of the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada that appropriately planned vegetarian diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases... Vegetarian diets offer a number of advantages, including lower levels of saturated fat, cholesterol, and animal protein and higher levels of carbohydrates, fiber, magnesium, boron, folate, antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, carotenoids, and phytochemicals. Some vegans may have intakes for vitamin B-12, vitamin D, calcium, zinc, and occasionally riboflavin that are lower than recommended."
- Journal of the American Dietetic Association 103, no. 6 (June 2003)