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Happy Birthday, Albert Schweitzer!

Courtesy of In Defense of Animals

Born Jan. 14, 1875, Albert Schweitzer was one of history's greatest theologians, philosophers, and physicians.

He won the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize for his philosophy of "Reverence for Life." Schweitzer condemned the mistreatment and killing of animals in entertainment. He considered hunting a mental aberration and wanted the study of ethics to deal with animals as well as humans.
Two of his most famous quotes speak for animals:
"Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty," and
"We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace."

Happy Birthday, Dr. Schweitzer!