Cases and Quotes about people who care for animals.


Mohammad Ala
by Mohammad Ala

As I travel throughout the world, I notice people who care for animals tend to be kinder people in comparison to those who do not like animals.  Often people who care for animals are being criticized for not spending their time or personal funds on needy people.  The reason that people in Iran give for not helping animals is very commonly made in other countries as well.  I do not think that kindness and concern have to be on an either/or basis.  People who care about animals are kinder to everyone.  

Here is a case and a quote to encourage you to share your ideas.


A boy who finishes high school in Kerman gets admitted to a college in Karaj, Alborz Province, in Iran.  He loves animals and meets a woman who works in an animal shelter.  The boy comes from relatively poor background and the woman offers a room in her house for him to stay and go to college.  Everybody is happy and the boy in his junior year brings a girl from his college to introduce to this woman who gave him a place to stay.  She notices how much they care for each other and suggests that they marry.  When they respond that they cannot afford to marry, she tells them not to worry.  They can stay at her place and she will arrange for the wedding.  The woman gets busy and contacts twenty five families for help for the wedding.  Out of twenty five families, seven families offered help.  When the deadline approached four families actually came through with their  promise of financial assistance with cooking or other preparations.  Every one of these families were people who helped the animal shelters in Iran.  (The morale of this story is clear: those who care for animals are also those who will want to help others as well).


Mahatma Gandhi:: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated”.

Please share quote(s) and real-life stories. 


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Doostan, thank you.

by Mohammad Ala on

Tiger jan, thanks for your comment.  There are exceptions in anything, but if there is a choice, my vote will go to people who love animals in comparison to those who call them “najes.”

Truthseeker9, thanks for your time and information. 


Good blog Dr Ala

by Truthseeker9 on

I think what you are talking about is compassion, whether it is towards people or animals. People all over the globe talk of a better and more compassionate world, whether from treating animals well, helping those in need, or taking care of the earth.


Also, according to a 1997 study done by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and Northeastern University, animal abusers are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people and four times more likely to commit property crimes than are individuals without a history of animal abuse.


Oftn people who give to animal charities are accused of being more (or at least equally) concerned with animals than suffering of human beings. But caring is not a choice between the well being of animals or of people. As you mentioned some of the greatest humanitarians were also involved in the struggle for animal rights. These include Gandhi, Tolstoy, Leonardo da Vinci, Voltaire, George Bernard Shaw, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Concern for animals and for humanity are certainly not mutually exclusive. Many animal rights activists today are also involved in causes that benefit people, with regard to such issues as controlling pollution, reducing disease, helping the homeless, and enhancing communities.


This quote: "A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members." has been attributed to Gandhi although the complete quote is actually:  "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man" 

Aristotle has often been quoted as saying you can judge a nation by the way it treats its most vulnerable citizens. 



by Rea on

Just another generalization.

As true as those who say: if you care about animals, you don't care about people.


Tiger Lily

Thanks, but not true. Simply doesn't follow at all.

by Tiger Lily on

The most obvious example is Hitler, the vegetarian ( diet, prescribed by his doctor) and his love for his dog Blondi.

P.S. We are animals. 

A society should be judged on how it judges its custodians and how it treats its vulnerable.