Thursday, 29 May 2008


Loving animals is to love Nature, but also to love and respect humankind themselves. All lives in this world belong to this earth. How many people know about the percentage of genes that we human beijing share even with the banana? I have always wanted to share with my friends the love and respect many great humans have for animals and here are some of the quotes from them.


"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity." - Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

"Please put the ladybug outside without harming her. (to his butler)"-- Winston Churchill

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."-- Mohandas Gandhi

"The fate of animals is of greater importance to me than the fear of appearing ridiculous; it is indissolubly connected with the fate of men."-- Emile Zola

"Men who have practiced tortures on animals without pity, relating them without shame. How can they still hold their heads high among human beings?"-- Samuel Johnson

"Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty."-- Albert Einstein

"Perhaps the time has come to formulate a moral code which would govern our relations with the great creatures of the sea as well as with those on dry land. That this will come to pass is [my] dear wish."-- Jacques Cousteau

"We and the beasts are kin."-- Ernest Thompson Seton

"Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace."-- Albert Schweitzer

"Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages."-- Thomas Edison

"As custodians of the planet it is our responsibity to deal with all species with kindness, love, and compassion. That these animals suffer through human cruelty is beyond understanding. Please help to stop this madness."-- Richard Gere

"In studying the traits and dispositions of the so-called lower animals, and contrasting them with man's, I find the result humiliating to me."-- Mark Twain

"Human beings are the only animals of which I am thoroughly and cravenly afraid."-- George Bernard Shaw

"What I think about vivisection is that if people admit that they have the right to take or endanger the life of living beings for the benefit of many, there will be no limit to their cruelty." --Leo Tolstoy, author

"There is no fundamental difference between man and the higher animals in their mental faculties... The lower animals, like man, manifestly feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery." --Charles Darwin

"The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? But rather, Can they suffer?" --Jeremy Bentham, 19th century Philosopher, Oxford University

"Cruelty has cursed the human family for countless ages. It is almost impossible for one to be cruel to animals and kind to humans. If children are permitted to be cruel to their pets and other animals, they easily learn to get the same pleasure from the misery of fellow-humans. Such tendencies can easily lead to crime. "--Fred A.McGrand (1895- )

"If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals." --Albert Einstein

"When a man has pity on all living creatures then only is he noble. "--Buddha (563? - 483? B.C.)

"When a man wants to murder a tiger, it's called sport; when the tiger wants to murder him it's called ferocity." --George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Quote from Leonardo da Vinci: "The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men."

Quote from Abraham Lincoln: "I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being."

George Bernard Shaw said, "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man."

Ghandi wrote, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." Only humans have the arrogance and ability to deem another living thing "useless" and to condemn it to extinction simply because it's in the way of something we want more.

"For as long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings, he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed he who sows the seeds of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love... Primoque a caede ferarum incaluisse puto maculatum sanguine ferrum ('I think the blood of animals was the first to stain our weapons')."Pythagoras (ca. 580-520 BCE).

"First it was necessary to civilize man in relation to man. Now it is necessary to civilize man in relation to nature and the animals."Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

"I could not have slept tonight if I had left that helpless little creature to perish on the ground" (President Lincoln's reply to friends who chided him for delaying them by stopping to return a fledgling to its nest). President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)林肯

"If [man] is not to stifle human feelings, he must practice kindness toward animals, for he who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of man by his treatment of animals."--Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)

"Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages." --Thomas Jefferson, 3rd U.S. President

"The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different."--Hippocrates (ca. 460-377 BCE).]

"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous."--Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC), Parts of Animals

That best portion of a good man's life; his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. William Wordsworth

Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Awards and Volunteers

I came to Hong Kong from Beijing on Monday to attend a award ceremony, held by a private investment bank that is donating a portion of its management fees of its new environmental fund to environmental and animal charities for the first ever time. As the fund was established by a dear friend who has been very supportive of our ambitious project, our charity was recommended to receive 50 thousand US dollars. This money will be used to help us feed the rapidly increasing number of our tigers.

It has been a good month, almost as if to celebrate my and Stuart's birthdays. We were given a bequest of 75000 Australian dollars by the late Jenifer Bone earlier this month, after her legal representative had visited us in April. These donations hearten me as they show increasing appreciation of what we do by people who didn't even personally know us. The donations will help reduce the pressure on Stuart who has been the chief funder. I hope they will also lead us to more as people start to realize the great significance of restoring the South China Tiger and its habitat.

The biggest bonus of the trip to HK was to visit Shenzhen, just brief train ride across the border, where I met our numerous volunteers -old and new. I knew some of their names from the messages on my blog: Wind of Tigers, Summer River, etc and I was glad to finally meet them in person. I also met Hulooo's namer the beautiful Miss Wang! I feel so sorry though I missed Liao Wenzhe who had planned to come but could not...

It was such a warm feeling to meet these staunch supporters of the South China Tigers! I felt like I had known them all along...

Li in Hong Kong