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Arguments for vegetarianism and against the abuse of animals have a long and venerable history. But the classic texts containing these arguments can be hard to find. As an ongoing service to our website visitors, we will maintain this page by adding links and texts as they become available. Please contact us if you would like to aid in this effort.

Pythagoras on Vegetarianism
As recorded by Ovid in his Metamorphoses

Plutarch on The Eating of Flesh
A true "classic" from the Greek philosopher and historian

Vivisection in America
1890 tract by Frances Power Cobbe

Beyond the Pale
1897 "Appeal on Behalf of the Victims of Vivisection" by Mona Caird

The Minds and Manners of Wild Animals
1922 book includes chapters on bird intelligence and animal rights

The Moral Basis of Vegetarianism
1959 book by Mahatma Gandhi.

Our own collection of selections and quotations from classic works.

Upton Sinclair - The Jungle
This 1906 novel has exposed generations to the evils of the meat industry

Jack London - Michael, Brother of Jerry
1917 story that inspired the formation of clubs devoted to animal welfare

James Agee - A Mother's Tale
Deeply moving 1952 story about a mother and her calves.

Freedom by A. E.

Auguries of Innocence by William Blake

The Fly by William Blake

To a Mouse by Robert Burns

To a Young Ass by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Mountain Lion by D.H. Lawrence

Snake by D.H. Lawrence

Please note: These historical texts are offered for purposes of research only. We do not necessarily agree with their authors.

Tip: Visit the International Vegetarian Union's "Museum of Vegetarianism" at http://www.ivu.org/history/museum.html for links to classic texts from around the world.

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