Philip Wollen

About Philip Wollen

Philip Wollen OAM (born 1950) is an Australian philanthropist. He is a former Vice-President of Citibank and was also General Manager at Citicorp. Wollen became a vegan following his departure from Citibank and is a prominent member of the animal rights movement. He conducts intervention programs to rescue abused animals and funds outreach programs that promote animal welfare and abstinence.

At age 34, Australian Business Magazine named him in the top 40 headhunted executives in Australia. In 2005 he received the Medal of the Order of Australia and in 2007 he won the Australian of the Year (Victoria) award. In 2012 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Oxford Centre of Animal Ethics, UK. In 2014 he received the University of Adelaide Distinguished Alumni Award Wollen went to school at the Bishop Cotton Boys' School, Bangalore. He lives with his wife Trix and his four dogs in Melbourne, Victoria.

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Quotes By Philip Wollen

When we suffer, we suffer as equals and in their capacity to suffer, a dog, is a pig, is a bear, is a boy.

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When animals do something noble we say they are behaving "like humans". When humans do something disgusting we say they are behaving "like animals". Clumsy use of the English language perpetuates the myth that animals are inferior and disposable beings. This makes the task of humanitarians even more difficult.

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We don’t "own" a "pet". We are "guardians" of "companion animals".

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We are facing the perfect storm. If any nation had developed weapons that could wreak such havoc on the planet, we would launch a pre-emptive military strike and bomb it back into the bronze age... The good news is we don’t have to bomb it, we can just stop buying it!

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Water, as you know is the new oil. Nations will soon be going to war for it. Underground aquifers that took millions of years to fill are now running dry. It takes 50, 000 liters of precious drinking water to make one kilo of beef.

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Today 1 billion people are hungry. 20 million people will die from malnutrition. Cutting meat by only 10% will feed 100 million people and eliminating meat will end starvation forever.

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The most disgusting four letter word in the English language is 'cage'.

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The Circus is to Entertainment, what Vivisection is to Science, what Pornography is to Art.

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The axis of evil does not run through Iraq, Iran or North Korea, it runs through our dining tables. Weapons of mass destruction are our knives and forks.

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Start now. There is not enough darkness in the world to put out the light of a single candle.

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Peace is not just the absence of war, it is the presence of justice. Justice must be blind to race, color, religion or species. If she’s not blind, she will be a weapon of terror and tonight there is unimaginable terror in those ghastly Guantanamo's we call factory farms or slaughterhouses.

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Our culture, religion and tradition starts with oral history. Our belief in the superiority of humans is rooted in the darkness and superstition, passed on by word of mouth for centuries. It has become holy, writ large by human hands. If we taped an oral history of animal kingdom, the anguished screams would drown out the sound and fury of the Big Bang.

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Only 100 billion people have every lived. 7 billion people live today. And yet we torture and kill 2 billion sentient living beings every week! 10,000 entire species are wiped out every year because of the actions of one and we are now facing the sixth mass extinction in cosmological history. If any other organism did this a biologist would would call them a virus. It is a crime against humanity of unimaginable proportions.

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One man can make a difference and every man should try. (This includes women)

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Meat kills animals, kills us and is killing our economies.

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Meat is like the one and two cent coins, it costs more to make than it's worth.

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In their capacity to feel pain and fear, a pig is a dog is a bear is a boy.

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In my judgement, the vivisector is to medicine what the pornographer is to art.

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If everyone ate a western diet, we would need two planet earths to feed us. We've only got one and she is dying.

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If an animal ever wrote a bestseller it would still be published under "Anon"

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I can understand why some theologians believe animals have no souls. To the tortured animal, the only evidence of the existence of God is the absence of the torturer. In their cages, I would have little difficulty concluding that my jailer was living proof that God is deaf, blind, indifferent or dead. Standing in front of a torture chamber I realised the beast was outside the bars and I was two yards away from becoming an atheist.

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Humankind's greatest sin is anthropocentrism - where human life is valued above all other sentient life. Msirtnecoporhtna - backwards or forwards it makes no sense. If Moses could spell it, he would have put in his top 10.

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Horse racing is not an industry. It is a sordid, squalid atrocity. It has no place in civilized society.

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For the animal kingdom, the Holocaust never ended.

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Cruelty to an animal is something we learn. Put a child in a room with a toy and a bunny. If she plays with the toy and is cruel to the bunny, I will buy you a new car.

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As you know, I have been fighting with the fur industry for some time. But I confess, I never really did understand the depth of depravity in this "industry". If you ever see a human being strutting around in a fur, you are entitled to be utterly disgusted and repulsed by them.

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As I travel around the world, I see poor countries who sell their grain to the west while their own children starve in their arms and the west feeds it to livestock so we can eat a steak! Am I the only one who sees this as a crime? Believe me, every morsel of meat we eat is slapping the tear-stained face of a hungry child. When I look into her eyes, do I remain silent? The earth can produce enough food for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed.

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Animal rights today is now the greatest social justice issue since the abolition of slavery.

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Act. Don’t react. See a need, fix it first. Worry about the details later. If you wait until you are asked you have just missed a golden opportunity. They are fleeting and rare.

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A robin redbreast in a cage puts all heaven in a rage

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A caged bird is proof of the moral bankruptcy of its jailer.

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