The best 90 vegan philosophy quotes

The best 90 vegan philosophy quotes

Vegan philosophy Quotes: Respect for animals and a healthy diet as a common denominator.

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If you have ever thought about becoming vegetarian or vegan, here we leave you a collection of philosophy quotes about veganism so that you can convince yourself.

Nowadays, there are more and more people who become vegan, either because of environmental or animal sensitivity, or both. And you, would you join the car?

90 best vegan philosophy quotes and sayings

Whether you want to take the step towards veganism or to understand more the arguments of those who practice them, here we leave you this modest compilation of veganism quotes.

1. I am a vegetarian because all animals are my friends and I do not eat my friends. As long as men and women are traveling sarcophagi of murdered creatures, how can we expect better living conditions on this planet? (George Bernard Shaw)

Who says that animals cannot be our friends? When we learn to respect animals, we will learn to respect ourselves. George Bernard Shaw, British writer.

2. If man wants to kill the tiger, it is called this sport. If the tiger wants to kill the man, this is called bestiality (George Bernard Shaw)

The tiger eats by biological necessity, but the human being does not have the need to hunt for pleasure. Apparently, something separates us from the natural world.

3. Only softening and disguising the meat with culinary preparation, is susceptible to chewing and digestion; only thus the sight of its bloody juices and raw horror does not arouse intolerable disgust. It would be much better if a creature had never existed, to exist only to endure a situation of incessant misery (Percy B. Shelley)

The kitchen is not only used to prepare food in order to be digested, but also to masterfully mask the death of a sentient being.

4. For twelve years I have been a vegan. And until now I’ve never been seriously ill. Vegetarian nutrition strengthens the immune system. I think meat makes you sick (Bryan Adams)

Vegans argue that a well-planned vegan diet can provide health benefits.

5. True madness may be nothing other than the wisdom itself, tired of discovering the shame of the world, has taken the intelligent resolution of going crazy (Heinrich Heine)

Have we really gone crazy to sacrifice our fellow men on earth? Quotes to reflect, without a doubt. Heinrich Heine, poet of romanticism.

6. My point of view is that all those who are in favor of animals, let us completely consume meat, and also speak against it. In this way attention can be drawn to the problem that has been raised so late (Albert Schweitzer)

Most animal currents transcend vegetarianism to declare themselves openly vegan.

7. Dangerous is to awaken the lion, mortal the tusk of the tiger, however the most terrible of the horrors is the man in his madness (Friedrich Schiller)

If we are rational animals and this differentiates us from the rest of living beings, why do we eat meat? Pleasure or need?

8. Whenever a man takes the right to sacrifice an animal for an end, he not only commits an injustice, but a crime (Karlheinz Deschner)

There are people who argue that animals must be subjects of law. The problem is that, can you have rights without obligations? Can we ask a dog for criminal responsibility for biting his master?

9. The furious of hunting, who care nothing more than the pursuit of animals, and who believe they feel an incredible pleasure whenever they hear the disgusting echo of the hunting horns and the scream of the prey. Almost that I suppose that in their feelings the excrements of the dogs seem to smell like cinnamon! And when they taste a piece of the meat of the animal, they feel as if they have practically become noble. While these people while hunting and devouring animals achieve their own degeneration, they nevertheless believe they have a princely life (Erasmus of Rotterdam)

Subsistence hunting allowed humanity to move forward little by little, but now, with a truly efficient farming system, is it essential to eat meat? It’s up to you!

10. Where a hunter lives, ten shepherds, one hundred farmers and a thousand farmers can live. Cruelty to animals can not be sustained when there is a true education and culture. It is one of the most significant perversities of a low class and ignoble people (Alexander von Humbolt)

For example, hunting generates over 3,600 million euros in Spain. Perhaps there are more economic interests than we are really aware of.

11. Hunting is always a form of war (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

The only difference is that in that war we killed defenseless beings, and not us.

12. Hunting is a cowardly euphemism that is assigned by murdering, in a particularly cowardly way, defenseless creatures. Hunting is a kind of mental illness (Teodor Heuss)

Hunting may be a biological imperative in animals, but is it a necessity in us? These vegan philosophy quotes make more sense in their historical context where eating meat was linked to hunting.

13. The proof that the taste for meat foods is not natural in man, is that children have a rejection against such food products and prefer vegetable food products, such as milk, cookies, fruit and the like. It is very important not to spoil that original and natural taste, turning children into carnivores, because no matter what explanation we want to give, but those who are strongly carnivorous are generally more cruel and savage than other people (Jean Jacques Rousseau)

There are vegans who argue that meat and derivatives are addictive products that the human being, by culture, has become accustomed to consume. Jean Jacques Rousseau, illustrated Swiss.

14. Do not you deserve a humanity that kills trillions of animals precisely what causes the animal? (Karlheinz Deschner)

Doing a little exercise of fantasy, imagine that an alien race invaded us to use us as cattle, would you see it as something normal?

15. Who eats animals, is below their level (Karlheinz Deschner)

As rational animals, we have a so-called moral characteristic that non-rational animals lack. Is it only because of that fact that we should eat them?

16. Are there moral scruples about frying a calf? On the part of the educators, no. On the part of jurisprudence, no. On the part of moral theology, no. On the other thousand moral grounds, no. On the part of the calf perhaps? (Karlheinz Deschner)

We only understand suffering when we experience it in our own flesh, but we would not do badly in trying to exercise empathy with our fellow human beings in the natural world. Karlheinz Deschner, German historian.

17. It would be a great advance in the evolution of our race (it refers to the human race), if we were eating fruit and the consumption of meat disappeared from the earth. Everything would be possible on our planet by the time we overcome the bloody meals of meat and war (George Sand)

In Star Trek we are introduced to Vulcans (Spock’s race) as a very advanced civilization based on logic, well, Vulcans are not only vegetarians but also vegans. Is not eating meat a reflection of an advanced society? Only time will tell.

18. An infallible criterion to assess the honesty of the spirit of a society, is to see to what extent it recognizes the rights of animals; while men, in case of need when someone is too weak, can meet through coalitions and the use of language itself, to safeguard their rights, animals are denied this possibility of self-help. That is why it is left to the justice of men to what extent they want to respect these on their part the rights of animals (Leonardo Nelson)

And again the debate is presented; Rights without obligations? Should animals have rights? Leonardo Nelson, Argentine athlete.

19. There is veganism and there is animal exploitation. There is no third option. If you are not vegan, you are participating in animal exploitation (Gary L. Francione)

This philosophy quotes about veganism are very significant and reflect a current debate between vegan vegetarians and standard vegetarians: Vegans do not accept ovolactovegetarianism because they consider it an accomplice of animal exploitation since ovolactovegetarians consume products such as eggs, milk, etc.

20. How can we speak of justice and justice if we take an innocent child and his blood is shed? (Isaac Bashevis Singer)

Is justice just a concept applicable to the human being? Why? philosophy Quotes about veganism so you can reflect.

21. When a human kills an animal for food, it is neglecting its own hunger for justice. Man prays for mercy, but is not willing to extend it to others. Why then should man expect the mercy of God? It is unfair to expect something that you are not willing to give. It is incoherent. I will never be able to accept incoherence or injustice. Even if it’s about God. If a voice came from God saying: “I am against vegetarianism!” I would say: “Well, I’m in favor of it!” This is how I feel strongly in this regard (Isaac Bashevis Singer)

The hypocrisy of the human being when craving divine clemency and not extend it to other living beings. Phrase of Isaac Bashevis Singer, Polish writer.

22. In relation to animals, all people are Nazi; for animals, this is an eternal Treblinka (Isaac Bashevis Singer)

Species is discrimination against non-human beings and in a certain way, it is racism applied to animals.

23. The ethical principle on which human equality rests requires us to extend equal consideration also to animals (Peter Singer)

If we demand moral consideration as living beings, then we should also ask for that consideration for animals.

24. Questioning our most deeply held beliefs requires a lot of courage because it implies accepting that we could have been wrong all our lives (David Fischman)

Eating meat and meat products has been a common practice throughout the centuries. In a way it is tradition, but that something is tradition does not imply that it is the right thing to do.

25. If the slaughterhouses had glass walls, we would all be vegetarians (Paul McCartney)

When looking the other way, it is easy to consume meat packed in plastic. Would we change our minds if we saw the operation of a slaughterhouse?

26. You should not eat that which has a face (Paul McCartney)

Veganism is inherently an animalistic movement. Animalism takes into consideration all sentient beings, that is, capable of experiencing suffering.

27. Animal life, shadowed mystery. All nature protests against human barbarism, which appropriates, humiliates, tortures its inferior companion (Jules Michelet)

Life is sacred. Maybe we should take it into consideration before our fine palate.

28. What a poor mentality one must have to say that animals are machines lacking in feelings and understanding (Voltaire)

Many animals, before going to the slaughterhouse, are aware of the fate that awaits them.

29. Veganism is a philosophy of life that excludes all forms of exploitation and cruelty to the animal kingdom and includes a reverence for life. In practice it is applied following a pure vegetarian diet and encourages the use of alternatives for all matters derived partially or totally from animals (Donald Watson)

Veganism is not only against the consumption of meat, but of all animal exploitation in general. Donald Watson, creator of the vegan movement.

30. Dare to be wise! Stop killing animals! The one that is postponing the hour of the straight life, is like the laborer who waits for the river to dry to cross it (Horacio)

Even in antiquity there were defenders of animals!

31. Nothing will benefit human health or increase our chance to survive life on earth more than the evolution towards a vegetarian diet (Albert Einstein)

According to vegetarians (including vegans, which is a type of stricter vegetarianism) their respective diets provide countless health benefits.

32. It is my point of view that the vegetarian lifestyle, by its pure physical effect on the human temperament, would beneficially influence all of humanity (Albert Einstein)

One of the arguments put forward by vegetarians is that the flesh awakens hostile, even aggressive, instincts in the human being.

33. Our task is to free ourselves… by extending our circle of compassion until it contains all living creatures, the whole nature and its beauty (Albert Einstein)

Apparently, the German physicist had a very romantic and emotional view of nature.

34. You have just eaten at noon; and no matter how carefully you have hidden the slaughterhouse at a safe distance of a few or many kilometers: you are guilty (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

There are people who, by not directly seeing the atrocities involved in the consumption of meat, appease their consciences with ignorance. But are they really guilty?

35. Man is the king of animals, for he surpasses all of them in cruelties. From an early age I hated to feed on animals, and I know that the day will come when men and women will oppose the slaughter of animals as they now reject the killing of their fellow human beings (Leonardo da Vinci)

Perhaps, the fact that Leonardo Da Vinci was a Renaissance polymath conferred a special sensibility on animal life.

36. Those who kill animals to eat their flesh tend to massacre each other (Pythagoras)

Really, you just have to look at the history of mankind to know that Pythagoras was right.

37. No matter what attitude a man has toward animals, he will always be paid with the same coin (Pythagoras)

Vegetarianism is almost as old as humanity. In fact, the first laws that advocated protection in favor of animals were enacted in Ancient Rome.

38. The land gives rich wealth and peaceful food. And it gives you food that is free from death and blood (Pythagoras)

Why consume meat if we have at our disposal a multitude of fruits, vegetables and mushrooms?

39. Everything that man does to animals, returns to him again. Who cuts with a knife the throat of an ox and remains deaf before the bellows of fear, who is able to kill a frightened kid without fear and eats the bird, which he himself has fed, how far is a man from crime? A) Yes? (Pythagoras)

Actually, some coldness is needed to sacrifice an animal.

40. Let food be your medicine, let your medicine be food (Hippocrates)

According to the WHO, eating processed meat could cause cancer. Another reason to start a vegan diet?

41. If man seriously and honestly seeks the moral path, the first thing he has to do is turn away from the consumption of meat. For apart from the stimulation of the passions that this consumption causes, it is simply immoral, because it requires an action that is opposed to the moral sense, that is, to kill (León Tolstoy)

Does eating meat and animal products have a moral justification?

42. Eating meat is a vestige of the greatest primitivism. The switch to vegetarianism is the first natural consequence of the illustration (León Tolstoi)

Again, vegetarianism as a sign of an advanced civilization. Will we all be vegan in the future?

43. From murder to animals to murder to men there is only one step (Leo Tolstoy)

Recently, in the region of Catalonia (Spain) a hunter murdered two rural agents. Would León Tolstoi have a reason or his affirmation is the result of a prejudice and a generalization?

44. Vegetarianism is the criterion in which we can recognize if a man aspires seriously to moral perfection (Leo Tolstoy)

There are as many morals as there are people on Earth. To aspire to a common moral that respects the animals is therefore an arduous task not devoid of merit.

45. If you are not in a condition to kill a man, that’s fine; if you are not capable of killing any cattle or any bird, even better; and if not to any fish or any insect, still much better. Strive to advance as much as you can. Do not go thinking about what is possible and what is not. Do what you can carry out with your strength; everything depends on this (León Tolstoi)

This quote about veganism is quite revealing. There are people who consider themselves animalists because they empathize more with mammals (such as a domesticated dog) than with other animals, falling into unconscious speciesism. If you really want to watch over the rights of animals, do not despise an ant!

46. ​​Man can live and be healthy without having to kill animals to feed himself. If he eats meat he becomes guilty of the murder of the animals, just to please his own palate. To do so is immoral. It is such a simple and undoubted thing that it is impossible to disagree with it. But as the majority is still tied to the pleasure of eating meat, men justify it and say laughing: “a piece of steak is something beautiful, today at noon I will eat it with gusto” (León Tolstoi)

Paul Kerton is a vegan bodybuilder. According to him, since he became a vegan he feels that he has more energy and that his tendonitis problems have subsided.

47. If modern man had to kill the animals that feed him, he would increase the number of those who eat vegetables unlimitedly (Christian Morgenstern)

We know that meat comes from animals but in capitalist society, by technifying industrial processes so quickly it really distorts the product, transforming it into an artificial object endowed with added value, with its own soul. The fact that the meat industry presents trays of processed meat, plasticized and in a supermarket fridge, in a way, takes us away from the horrors of animal sacrifice and makes us relatively unconscious.

48. The deepest minds of all time have felt compassion for animals (Friedrich Nietszche)

Anyone who reads Nietszche will perceive a relative contempt for humanity, but a great love for animals.

49. Cynicism is the only force under which vulgar souls touch what is called sincerity (Friedrich Nietszche)

They say that Nietszche was walking down the street and witnessed a man whipping his horse, since he was overexploited and could not move from fatigue. Then, in an act of pure compassion, Nietszche threw himself on the horse and hugged him as he cried.

50. Good sense begins in the kitchen (Friedrich Nietszche)

With this phrase, we can intuit that Nietszche loved to eat fruits and vegetables!

51. Commiseration with animals is intimately linked with goodness of character, so that one can safely say that one who is cruel to animals can not be a good person. A compassion for all living beings is the strongest and sure evidence of moral conduct. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

According to some psychiatrists and psychologists, psychopathy can manifest itself in childhood through the mistreatment of large animals (dogs, cats, etc.), including mammals, which are evolutionarily close to us and we should feel more empathy towards them.

52. Christian morality has limited its prescriptions exclusively to men and has left the animal world without rights. You only have to see how our Christian mob behaves with the animals, how they kill them smiling and totally meaningless, or how they are mutilated and martyred, how they fatigue their own old horses to the maximum to get the last marrow out of their poor bones, that die because of the blows. It could be said in truth that men are the demons of the earth and animals their souls tormented (Arthur Schopenhauer)

Although it may seem contradictory, Christianity is quite anthropocentric. It is logical that Christian morals underestimate animal suffering when only man is worthy to be saved before God.

53. The world is not a bad work and animals are not a factory product for our use. We owe animals no compassion but justice (Arthur Schopenhauer)

Compassion, in the western sense of the word, implies condescensia and that could well be interpreted as speciesism.

54. Now I can see you in peace, since I do not like you anymore (Frank Kafka)

Frank Kafka, bohemian writer of existentialist style, observing a fish pond

55. The soul is the same in all creatures, although each one’s body is different (Hippocrates)

Is our soul really the same as the rest of animes? Hippocrates, Hellenic doctor.

56. Oh, gods! Can there be a greater crime than introducing entrails into one’s own bowels, feeding the body avidly with other bodies and conserving life by killing an animal that, like us, lives? (Plato)

We know that philosophy was born in Ancient Greece, and that the Greek polis as a whole were advanced societies for the time. Is it a coincidence that a civilization as advanced as Hellenistic produced geniuses who were themselves vegetarians?

57. Through a mouth full of flesh we deprive a soul of the sun and of light, and of that proportion of life and time with which he was born in the world to enjoy (Plutarch)

For Plutarch, all sentient beings deserve respect.

58. The most violent weapon on Earth is the fork of the table (Mahatma Gandhi)

Gandhi was an Indian thinker and politician who was not only committed to the liberation of India as is believed, but also to animal liberation.

59. I believe that spiritual growth, reached to a certain degree, requires us to stop killing animal living beings to satisfy our physical needs (Mahatma Gandhi)

But really, is eating a physical necessity or a whim?

60. I maintain that the more defenseless a creature is, the more rights it has to be protected by man against the cruelty of man. I still have to carry out many purifications and personal sacrifices in order to save those defenseless animals from a sacrifice that has nothing sacred about it. I pray constantly to God to be born on this earth some great spirit, man or woman, inflamed in divine piety, able to free us from our horrendous sins against animals, save the lives of innocent creatures and purify the temples (Mahatma Gandhi)

The life of Mahatma Gandhi was a constant struggle with himself to safeguard animal dignity.

61. The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way they treat their animals. I feel that spiritual progress requires that at some point we stop killing our sister creatures for the satisfaction of our bodily desires (Mahatma Gandhi)

Here Gandhi is a little more concrete; it is no longer a need, but a desire.

62. In my mind, the life of a lamb has no less value than that of a human. The superiority of human beings over other animals should be demonstrated not only by abhorring the wild mania of killing and devouring them, but by caring for them, protecting them and loving them (Mahatma Gandhi)

Would an apparent moral superiority as rational animals be speciesism?

63. An ethic at the height of our time can not forget our responsibility to the rest of the biosphere, and especially to our companions of sorrows and joys on this planet, animals. All the wild animals deserve the minimum respect of not being killed by caprice (Jesús Mosterín)

Vegan postulates often argue that their practice, apart from respecting animals, is sustainable from an environmental point of view. Phrase of Jesus Mosterin, Spanish philosopher.

64. The National Holiday is the maximum exaltation of human aggression (Dr. Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente)

From the bullfighting movement it is argued that the bull is given a good life, and that after sacrificing it is used as food. But for the great conservationist Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente, and for much of today’s society, they are mere and simple justifications to defend the torture of an animal.

65. I am proud of never having figured, among the special clientele of the bullfights (Ramón y Cajal)

In Portugal there is also bullfighting but without sacrifice. Why not do it in other countries with bullfighting tradition?

66. I’ve always been bored and revolted bullfights (Miguel de Unamuno)

Another argument that anti-bullfighting men use is that the objective of watching a bullfight is to see how a bullfighter beats and ridicules him by torturing the animal. It is not, then, an equitable struggle.

67. Love animals: God has given you the rudiments of thought and joy without problems. Do not disturb your joy, do not harass them, do not deprive them of their happiness, do not work against God’s intentions! Man, do not vanaglories of your superiority before animals; they are without sin, and you, with your greatness, corrupt the earth with your appearance in it, and leave the trace of your stupidity behind you. Ah! It is the truth of almost all of us (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)

Nature is balance. But we are destroying that symbiotic relationship we have with nature.

68. Nonviolence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop hurting other living beings, we will remain wild (Thomas Edison)

A peaceful society, is a rational society.

69. I am a passionate vegetarian and abstemious, because that way I can make better use of my brain (Thomas Edison)

Meat and alcohol. A healthy combination?

70. Love for all living creatures is the noblest attribute of man (Charles Darwin)

Love your fellows, love animals!

71. Animals feel like men joy and pain, happiness and unhappiness (Charles Darwin)

It is a mistake to reify animals, as if they did not feel or suffer.

72. When man and woman have compassion on all living creatures, only then will they be noble (Buddha)

One of the principles of Buddhism is respect for all living beings, not in vain could be the reincarnation of one of our ancestors. Or so they say. A Quote of the Buddha. Read more Buddha quotes on Peace

73. Animals need our help, San Francisco was interested in helpless animals and the poor (John Paul II)

Saint Francis of Assisi, one of the first animalist Catholics.

74. All things of creation are children of the Father and brothers of man… God wants us to help animals if they need help. Every creature in disgrace has the same right to be protected (St. Francis of Assisi)

Protect the animals, protect life!

75. How can you assassinate and ruthlessly devour those adorable creatures who tenderly and lovingly offer you their help, friendship and companionship? (San Francisco de Asis)

Sometimes, it seems that some animals empathize more with us than we do with them.

76. A man who takes pity on all living creatures is a Saint (Dharmapada)

A wise man is one who takes care of every living creature.

77. It is incredible and shameful that neither preachers nor moralists raise their voices against the barbarous habit of killing animals and also eating them. It is true that this atrocious bloodbath that takes place uninterruptedly in slaughterhouses and kitchens, no longer seems wrong. On the contrary, we consider these atrocities, which are often pestilential, as a blessing from the Lord and we thank him in our prayers for our murders. Can there be anything more disgusting than to continually feed on corpse meat? (François Voltaire)

One thing is what we perceive is right or wrong, and another thing that is objectively right or wrong.

78. Hunting is one of the safest ways to kill the feelings of men towards others (François Voltaire)

What do the hunters feel when they kill? It is known that in sport hunting, many hunters take pictures with their trophies, in reality murdered victims.

79. If man is not to stifle his feelings, then he will have to practice kindness towards animals, since he who is cruel to animals becomes crude in his dealings with men. You can judge the heart of a man for his treatment of animals (Immanuel Kant)

If you treat animals well, you will be a better person.

80. Cruelty to animals is the opposite of man’s duty to himself (Immanuel Kant)

The advance of humanity goes through dignifying the animal reality.

81. Killing was forbidden to us in the full extent of the word. It was the man who established degrees in the crime to be able to continue making war and destroy animals and eat them (Anonymous)

Are we making use of hypocrisy and double standards by establishing different levels of crime to delight our exquisite palate?

82. If all slaughterhouses had glass walls, all people would be vegetarians (Paul McCartney)

Would you become vegan if you were really aware of animal suffering?

83. You say that serpents, panthers and lions are cruel, but you bring to your lips the flesh of a dead creature (Plutarch)

Vegans say that vegetable proteins, especially from soy, are more than enough to keep us healthy.

84. I wonder in what state of mind was the first man who did it, touched his mouth with a knife and brought to his lips the flesh of a dead creature, the one who filled the death table with rancid bodies and dared to call food those who had cried before, roared, moved and lived. How could their eyes endure the slaughter of cutthroats and skinned bodies? (Plutarch)

Possibly the first man who ate meat was forced by necessity, by hunger. Currently the justifications when consuming meat are in question.

85. Do not take the life that you can not give, because all things have the same right to live, kill harmful creatures where it is a sin to save; this only prerogative we have; but it feeds the life with vegetal food, and shuns the sacrilegious flavor of the blood (Ovidio)

Man should be creator of life, not destroyer.

86. An ox is satisfied with the grass of an acre or two; One would be enough for enough elephants. Man plunders all the earth and the sea… has the insatiable nature of the stomach given us such insignificant bodies? No, it is not the hunger of our stomachs, but this insatiable greed, which costs us so much (Seneca)

We are so many the planet suffers that we need a huge amount of suffering from others to satisfy our stomachs.

87. Pythagoras recommended the abstinence of all kinds of meats in order that men should become accustomed to a more comfortable way of living, based on food free of all preparation, of food that did not require the action of fire, and that they learn to quench his thirst with no other drink than clear water (Diogenes Laertius)

Raw veganism is a practice based on a raw vegetable diet.

88. Auschwitz begins wherever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks: they are only animals (Theodor Wiesengurnd Adorno)

For the Nazis, the Jews were not human. Racism and speciesism have much in common or do we really need meat to survive as a species?

89. Do not forget that no matter how distant and hidden the slaughterhouse is, there is always complicity (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Are we fully aware of what we do or has society alienated us in the consumption of meat?

90. Man can live only by consuming vegetables (Louis Lecrerc)

Finally, would you become vegan or at least vegetarian? Whatever your decision, we hope that this compendium of philosophy quotes about veganism and animal consciousness have made you rethink the issue. 

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