This is a topic very close to my heart. The search engine isn't working right now, so I cannot find where we've covered this. These thoughts and concepts did not originate with Gandhi, but he was an excellent proponent of them.
Check out this webpageThe World History of Animal Rights and Vegetarianism in Quoteshttp://all-creation.franciscan-anglican.com/quotes.htm
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
~ Mohandas Gandhi, The Moral Basis of Vegetarianismhttp://www.all-creatures.org/quotes/gandhi_mohandas.html
Speech delivered by Gandhi at a Social Meeting organised by the London Vegetarian Society, 20 November 1931http://www.southerncrossreview.org/22/gandhi2.htmlhttp://www.ivu.org/news/evu/other/gandhi2.htmlDiet and Diet Reform
by Mohandas Gandhihttp://www.animal-rights-library.com/texts-c/gandhi01.htm
'I hold today the same opinion as I held then. To my mind the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body. I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.'
~ Gandhi, An Autobiography, the Story of My Experiments
"Animals are innocent casualties of the world view that asserts that some lives are more valuable than others, that the powerful are entitled to exploit the powerless, and that the weak must be sacrificed for the greater good."
~ Steven Simmonshttp://www.jewishveg.com/schwartz/interview.htmhttp://www.eternaltreblinka.com/overview.htmlhttp://www.powerfulbook.com/links.html
While in Brobdingnag, Gulliver is treated as a curiosity. This is symbolic of how we treat unusual people and animals. Swift uses this device to place Gulliver in an unfair situation, using the idea of being put on show for people to look at, and performing for these people. This can be paralleled with Swift's society in that Gulliver is essentially a performing circus animal to the inhabitants of Brobdingnag. Swift uses this image to symbolise his own society's use of circuses and performing animals, including zoos, which cage their animals for everyone to see for a price. Again, Swift is ironically drawing a comparison with the lower classes of Britain's 18th Century caste system.
~ from “How 'Gulliver's Travels' Comments on Society” athttp://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A659360
You can tell all you need to about a society from how it treats animals and beaches.
~ Frank DeFord
Societies that do not eat people are fascinated by those that do.
~ Ronald Wright
Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough…yet he is lord of all animals. He sets them to work, he gives back to them a bare minimum that will prevent them from starving.
~ Animal Farm (George Orwell)
from a study guide to the text of Animal Theology (Andrew Linzey)http://re-xs.ucsm.ac.uk/theanimalproject/Linzey.htmhttp://www.all-creatures.org/articles/ar-gospel.htmlhttp://www.fountain.btinternet.co.uk/sda/sda_animals.html