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Animal Welfare

Quotes from Coetzee’s novel, “Disgrace” [readathon post]

As part of the 24 hour readathon this year, I decided to re-read – this time finishing! – J.M. Coetzee’s acclaimed masterpiece, “Disgrace.” It’s an important, complicated book on racism, sexism, and exploitation; I can’t recommend it enough!

I collected some animal related quotes from the book, along with some images and links. What do you think about the quotes?

“I don’t want to come back in another existence as a dog or a pig and have to live as dogs or pigs live under us.”

gestation crate VO

“Yes we eat up a lot of animals in this country…It doesn’t seem to do us much good. I’m not sure how we will justify it to them.”

“What would you prefer? That the slaughtering be done in an abattoir, so that you needn’t think about it?”

factory-farm

photo by Compassion in World Farming (Flickr Creative Commons)

“Why has he taken this job?… For the sake of the dogs? But the dogs are dead; and what do dogs know of honour and dishonour anyway? For himself then. For his idea of the world, a world in which men do not use shovels to beat corpses into a more convenient shape for processing.”

“This is the only life there is. Which we share with animals.”


If these quotes moved you, please help stop animal cruelty and exploitation by going vegan.

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About The Paw Report

I graduated from St. John's University School of Law in 2012, and am admitted to practice law in New York State. I was a member of the New York City Bar Association's Animal Law Committee for three years. I was born and raised in Rhode Island, but moved to New Mexico when I was 18. After dabbling in film for two years, I graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Anthropology. I've been living in New York City since 2008, and currently reside in Brooklyn with my boyfriend and our two cats. I am a former organizer with Direct Action Everywhere - New York City.

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