Cesar Chavez – A True Guardian

March 27th, 2013 by Guardian Campaign


Dear Friends and fellow Guardians,

This is the week our nation celebrates the outstanding life of Cesar Chavez, a man whose life, actions and beliefs have meant so very much to millions of people around the world. He was a deeply caring and compassionate man; a man of love and peace, whose life has been, and will always be, an ongoing source of inspiration to so many of us. And yet he was a humble man…I have been in awe of his warmth and compassion, his caring words and actions. He was a man who fully represents each and every principle of being a Guardian of others.

Twenty years ago, I had the honor and pleasure of presenting Cesar with IDA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Today, I am sharing his acceptance speech with you as we celebrate the man, his work, his memory, and especially his values, dignity and integrity. His words are important to me because they reflect not only his sense of values, but also how very much he appreciated the work and ideals of IDA and, in particular, you, our thousands of supporters. His description of you is exactly how I feel about you. On behalf of our animal friends, I thank you all for allowing IDA to be what it was then, and what it is today. Few, if any, organizations can approach the many victories and accomplishments IDA has achieved—all because of you. If Cesar was with us today, I know he would join me in giving you all a giant thank you.

“Dr. Elliot Katz, and all the members and supporters of In Defense of Animals. We bring you greetings from the farm workers and all those who feel we must respect all life without exception. We want to congratulate, in a very special way, Dr. Katz and all the people who work with him, and all the people who follow him for making the good fight. Congratulate him and all those who belong to In Defense of Animals for their victories and programs. We want to thank them because this award is especially meaningful to me because it comes from higher caring people.

It is also meaningful to us because it comes from people that put action where their pronouncements are, and that’s important to us. We need in a special way to work twice as hard to make all people understand that animals are fellow creatures; that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves. And that the basis for peace is respecting all creatures. We cannot hope to have peace until we respect everyone, respect ourselves and all living beings. We cannot defend and be kind to animals until we stop exploiting them. Exploiting them in the name of science, exploiting them in the name of sport, exploiting them in the name of fashion, and yes, exploiting them in the name of food.”

Cesar’s words are as true today as they were the day he spoke them. May we all continue to follow in his footsteps for many, many years to come.

Elliot M. Katz, DVM
Founder, Guardian, President Emeritus
In Defense of Animals

112 Responses to “Cesar Chavez – A True Guardian”

  1. April 15, 2013 at 3:43 am, Stephania Befort said:

    Township Meeting Established For Monday, Despite Road Trip Lessen Pottsgrove commissioners canceled their very last general public session on April 19. They don’t seem to be probably to miss two in a row, whether or not the board president is on an “international tour.”


  2. April 07, 2013 at 12:03 pm, Carol A. Hansen said:

    Thank you Cesar.


  3. April 02, 2013 at 4:13 pm, Marjorie Coey said:

    A great citizen of the world and the universe! We need more like him everywhere on this planet! Alas there was only one!

    Rest in peace!


  4. March 29, 2013 at 5:15 am, Jacqueline Daly said:



  5. March 28, 2013 at 10:22 pm, Sigrid Boehm said:

    I have followed Cesar Chavez’ achievements closely, all the way back when he was still alive. I have followed his requests to boycott certain companies regularly, I am still receiving news from his son in law who took over. I support the United Farm Workers.
    Cesar Chavez was a great man.


  6. March 28, 2013 at 6:22 pm, april silverman said:

    History will remember Chavez as a peaceful, caring, compassionate, and courageous man. The world lost a great person , when he died. Let’s be grateful that he lived.
    –April Silverman, new Hope, PA 18938,


  7. March 28, 2013 at 5:47 pm, Richard said:



  8. March 28, 2013 at 4:16 pm, Carlyn Montes De Oca said:

    A beautiful post and a wonderful tribute to a simple man who reminds us that anyone from whatever humble beginnings or limited circumstances is made great by the compassion and love he holds in his heart. Thank you Dr. Katz for honoring Cesar’s legacy.


  9. March 28, 2013 at 3:38 pm, Eric Mills said:

    And a P.S. – Anyone wishing a copy of the afore-mentioned letter from Cesar Chavez should contact me at the email address below. Send me your snail-mail address and I’ll mail you a copy. Over the years, it has helped me greatly in my animal work. Could help others, too.

    Eric Mills, coordinator
    Email -


  10. March 28, 2013 at 3:34 pm, Eric Mills said:

    I had the honor and pleasure of meeting the great man back in the ’70s, and to march with him and the United Farm Workers on more than one occasion. Here’s an excerpt from a treasured letter he wrote to me in December 1990:

    “Kindness and compassion toward all living things is a mark of a civilized society. Conversely, cruelty, whether it is directed against human beings or against animals, is not the exclusive province of any one culture or community of people. Racism, economic deprival, dogfighting and cockfighting, bullfighting and rodeos are cut from the same fabric: violence. Only when we have become nonviolent toward all life will we have learned to live well ourselves.”

    Words to live by. R.I.P., Cesar! (It should also be noted that Chavez was a vegetarian for ETHICAL reasons, as was his 87-year-old mother before she died. Or so he told me.)

    Si se puede,

    Eric Mills, coordinator

    P.S. – Who’s the old hippie dude with Mr. C.?


  11. March 28, 2013 at 2:51 pm, Arise Kitahara said:

    To understand him like really good leader and the model to follow. was enough just hear some of his speeches on youtube. But i sadly realized and surprised when i saw the mentally manipulated normal people remained indifferent of our loosing this hero. People loosed the way to see, hear and feel by own eyes, ears and heart.
    Hoping that the thingi is changing better i try to throw a pebble in the ocean.


  12. March 28, 2013 at 2:47 pm, Aileen Cheetham said:

    Animals deserve better treatment is my Micro bio on twitter. This man lived it


  13. March 27, 2013 at 5:08 pm, Marion Jameson said:

    ‘You have not lived until you have found something worth dying for” said by Captain Paul Watson ( Sea Shepherd ) I have found something worth dying for, and will always be inspired by brave fearless people who fight to stop the cruelty torture and slaughter to are animals mammals and wild life. Cesar’s Chavez has and always will be a great educator for us all, he inspired me to be a better person and a fighter for animal rights, Thank You Cesar Chavez for all you did…..


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