Leo Tolstoy, Man Violates His Highest Spiritual Capacity by Slaughtering and Eating Animals

"This is dreadful! Not only the suffering and death of the animals, but that man suppresses in himself, unnecessarily, the highest spiritual capacity--that of sympathy and pity towards living creatures like himself--and by violating his own feelings becomes cruel."

— By Leo Tolstoy

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5 Responses

  1. Stacey says:

    Love this! I wanted to reblog this but I don’t see that option? I will link to this page and share with others. Also I am partners with Hannah at Sympathy at Slaughter and currently working on some designs for flyers to help promote her efforts of bearing witness.

    • Jennie Richards says:

      Hi Stacey, thanks for sharing and for the support! I will see about adding a blog sharing plugin. I really like Hannah’s work and hope to integrate her photos into more blogs. They are really powerful.

  2. Marcy says:

    This is great. I have recently been discouraged by the way people respond so angrily to people who have sympathy and do not believe animals deserve to be killed for food or fashion. I can’t imagine the opposition Leo Tolstoy faced in his time . I I believe there will be a time in the future where no animals are stuck in factory farms or killed and we will be looked at as barbaric for having done so .

    • Jennie Richards says:

      Thanks Marcy, I agree with you. This is deeply engrained in Western culture, and people have refrained from questioning it. Plus, the meat, dairy and egg industry including our Dept. of Agriculture, which subsidizes meat, dairy and eggs, have enormous marketing budgets to advertise animal products. Sadly, it’s not only terrible for the animals, but extremely harmful to our own health, and the environment and planet.

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