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Albert Schweitzer Does Dublin

Written by PETA | July 30, 2012

Nobel Prize–winning physician, theologian, and vegetarian Dr. Albert Schweitzer once said, “The man who has become a thinking being feels a compulsion to give every will-to-live the same reverence for life that he gives to his own.” It was Schweitzer’s “reverence for life” that inspired our pals at PETA U.K. not only to sponsor the attendance of a vegetarian student at this week’s Albert Schweitzer’s Leadership for Life International Youth Leadership Conference in Dublin but also to place an ad in the event’s program in Schweitzer’s honor.


Albert Schweitzer: © LOC, LC-USZ62-30537 Background: © iStockphoto.com/Hiroyuki Akimoto

Showing True Leadership

Harley, the sponsored student, has been vegetarian ever since a friend urged her to watch some PETA videos, from which she learned about the cruelty of factory farms and slaughterhouses. During her sophomore year, Harley petitioned her high school to introduce more vegan options to the cafeteria, collecting 320 signatures from a student body of 400 people!

From the time he was a child, Schweitzer was horrified by the violence he witnessed against animals and would likely be even more disgusted by today’s factory farms and slaughterhouses. Chickens, turkeys, pigs, cows, and fish are packed into small cages, filthy sheds, or putrid fish farms for their entire lives—at slaughter, animals often have their throats cut open while they are still conscious or are scalded to death or skinned alive.

Go Vegan ‘for Life’

Going vegan might not make you a genius—but it will make the world a better, more compassionate place, which is rather brilliant, don’t you think? And PETA can help you get started!

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  • Therese says:

    I just recently joined Peta and few other animal rights group such as FOCA. I hate to see animal suffering and would do anything to alleviate the horrid conditioins these poor animals are forced to endure. Its hard to believe that my fellow human beings could allow and cause so much suffering and sleep at night. I recently saw ads posted by FOCA on public transits in Ontario and was greatly moved by the suffering endured by circus animals, especially elephats. These beautiful, magnificant creatures are humiliated and treated so horribly by thier captors. More recently, I came across the posting about Sunder the Indian elephant who has been tortured and kept in such horrible conditions by his keeper. It really broke my heart. I then decided to help Sunder by posting the campaign ad and have been encouraging my friends to sign the petition. Furthermore, I’ve been posting his petition in all sorts of animal rigths facebook groups. I really feel that he will one day attain freedom and live in a peaceful sanctuary. I am so proud to be a memeber of PETA. I will do whatever I can to support your cause.

  • Barb Falls says:

    I have been a Vegetarian for 6 years and thanks to Peta for the eye opening experience on factory farming and the horrible abuse these beautiful animals endure. Make peace for all animals. Go Veg

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