"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged
by the way in which its animals are treated."
Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948), the Mahatma, is revered throughout the world for his advocacy of nonviolence and justice. Gandhi's philosophy and compassion extended to all people and actively included animals. A champion of humane farming and moral vegetarianism, Gandhi believed that speaking out on behalf of animals is both a necessity and an obligation.
"I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man."
Please join us on October 2nd, Gandhi's birthday, as we turn his ideals into action by making visible the cruel and unnecessary tragedy of factory farms and slaughterhouses.
"I feel that spiritual progress does demand at some stage that we should cease to kill our fellow creatures for the satisfaction of our bodily wants."
For more information about Gandhi's compassion and active nonviolence towards animals, please visit the International Vegetarian Union.
Photographs courtesy of the Mahatma Gandhi Foundation.