Be Kind to Animals


“He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men.  We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” -Immanuel Kant

Kindness to animals builds a better world for all of us.

Photo courtesy of Best Friends Animal Society.

About celestedimilla

Hey there. I’m Celeste, California girl, writer, psychotherapist and burgeoning plant-based foodie.
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13 Responses to Be Kind to Animals

  1. Absolutely beautiful! Thank you, Celeste!

  2. Poppy says:

    I love that quote! It is so true especially in light of the research in recent years linking children who abuse animals to becoming violent in adulthood. I have a horrid memory from when I was a teenager of a guy throwing stones at baby swans in their nest. He has since been convicted of numerous violent crimes. Sad.

    • What a sad story! What’s also sad is how so many people call themselves “animal lovers” and yet eat animals. I’m not judging – I used to be one of these people myself. I just think that we’re so far removed from where the meat that we eat comes from that we forget it was an animal. I always appreciate your thoughts Poppy!!! Celeste 🙂

      • Poppy says:

        I totally agree Celeste! Thankfully I stopped eating meat when I was a little girl of 6. I live with my omnivore boyfriend and we have lots of animals. Although he respectfully doesn’t eat meat at home, I often find myself blurting out something like ‘why don’t you just cook up the cats?!’. I don’t consciously do it, but it makes sense and it does make him think twice – eating a darling little lamb is no different to eating the little kitten or puppy that people love so much! He has completely stopped eating chicken since I brought my first little baby chicks home over a year ago, so that’s a start. I think when I have the land to rescue lots of farm animals, and he spends time with them, he will stop eating them! It’s so true how people are so far removed from where their food comes from – people often tell me they don’t see their steak as a part of an animal and that if they think about it they get put off, but then block it out so they can eat it! It’s like people are just programmed not to think, just to eat. 🙂

    • I can’t believe you’ve been vegetarian since you were 6 Poppy – that’s wonderful!! It sounds like you’re making a big impact on your boyfriend. I have the feeling that he’ll be following in your footsteps soon. Celeste 🙂

      • Poppy says:

        Thanks Celeste! I remember going to a farm belonging to my mums friends and realizing what my food really was! So one of my sisters and I made a pact never to eat animals again! All these years later she is still a vegetarian and I now a vegan. My Dad went vegetarian about a year ago too after years of dabbling in and out of a vegetarian diet. He has bad heart health so I think it is really good for him (would be even better if he went vegan but I won’t push my luck just yet!).

        It makes me really respect people like yourself who went vegan straight from being omnivore as I can imagine that’s a big jump and change. For me, it was very easy as I had been vegetarian most of my life, all I was adapting too was cutting out dairy. I already didn’t eat eggs and would only eat organic dairy so often ate a vegan diet anyway if organic wasn’t available. It must take courage to go from eating meat to a pure plant diet – I really admire that and I think you are a great source of inspiration to meat eaters where that change to veganism seems to far fetched. Poppy 🙂

    • I can’t believe that you and your sister chose to go vegetarian as a child and it stuck. That’s an amazing story Poppy – I’m impressed!! And it’s great that your dad is vegetarian too. I’m sure you and your sister had a lot to do with that! And thank you for the kind comments about my story. I feel good about what I’m doing.

      I think it’s great that we’re both blogging too. It’s a way to get the word out without being pushy. Celeste 🙂

  3. I even like (most) bugs ;-)!

    • Okay, I’ll admit it. I don’t like most bugs. I don’t kill them if I can help it, but that doesn’t mean I like them. You’re a “real” animal lover girl!! I love that! Celeste 🙂

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