Ruth Harrison

British activist (1920-2000)

Ruth Harrison OBE (24 June 192013 June 2000), was a British animal welfare activist and author.


  • In fact if one person is unkind to an animal it is considered to be cruelty, but where a lot of people are unkind to a lot of animals, especially in the name of commerce, the cruelty is condoned and, once large sums of money are at stake, will be defended to the last by otherwise intelligent people.
    • Animal Machines (1964; rev. ed. Boston: CABI, 2013), ch. IX, p. 175.

Quotes about Ruth Harrison

  • She wrote a book in 1964, Animal Machines, which did for animals what Rachel Carson's Silent Spring did for the environment.
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