Albert Schweitzer was a theologian, philosopher, and Nobel-Prize-winning vegetarian who urged us, “Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.” … Our culture tells us to seek ease and indulgence, not to think critically about how our system works and live our lives accordingly. We push the uncomfortable truth away, shrugging, “Better not to think about it.” We’re taught that the days of American sacrifice are over and that unmitigated abundance with a low price tag is our birthright. We don’t seem to want to look at the hidden price tag, no matter how high the moral, ethical, environmental, and health costs.
Schweitzer also said, “We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat animals. Animal suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.”