Best Speech Ever on Animal Rights by Philip Wollen, Australian Philanthropist and Former VP of Citibank [video]

Posted by on August 5, 2012 in Animals and Pets, Environment with 4 Comments


Philip Wollen’s shakes the rafters of the auditorium with his 10-minute speech to the St James Ethics Centre and the Wheeler Centre debate in Australia on May 16, 2012. The larger debate consists of six speakers, three that make the case for getting animals off of the menu and three that make the case against it. Wollen is a former VP of Citibank and Australian philanthropist who is known to keep out of the limelight. But he sure rose to the challenge for this debate to deliver a huge performance and a powerful message. Bravo!

Here is the transcript of the speech:

On behalf of St James Ethics Centre, the Wheeler Centre, The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, The Age, the city of Melbourne and the ABC, all of whom have worked together to make this event possible, I would like to welcome Philip Wollen


King Lear, late at night on the cliffs asks the blind Earl of Gloucester “How do you see the world?”

And the blind man Gloucester replies “I see it feelingly”.

Shouldn’t we all?

Animals must be off the menu because tonight they are screaming in terror in the slaughterhouse, in crates, and cages. Vile ignoble gulags of despair.

I heard the screams of my dying father as his body was ravaged by the cancer that killed him. And I realised I had heard these screams before.

In the slaughterhouse, eyes stabbed out and tendons slashed, on the cattle ships to the Middle East and the dying mother whale as a Japanese harpoon explodes in her brain as she calls out to her calf.

Their cries were the cries of my father. I discovered when we suffer, we suffer as equals.

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  1.' Siyaram telemart telemart says:

    This speech was too boring…I did not like it….

    •' Emily says:

      Are you serious?? This was an insanely powerful and engaging speech that changed my way of thinking. He shines light on the facts that have been hidden/ ignored by us for the longest time. If you call that boring, I feel sorry you couldn’t truly grasp the meaning of this speech.

  2.' Siva V says:

    Excellent speech. Hope people realize and change. Dr Siva V

  3.' Gregory Halmay says:

    I wish everyone would listen to this man and others like Melanie Joy and Gary Yourofsky. Time to make kind conscious choices.

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