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‘A good deed done to an animal is as meritorious as a good deed done to an human being, while an
act of cruelty to an animal is as bad as an act of cruelty to a human being.’ Prophet Mohammed.
I don’t necessarily think this is against the eating of meat per se but I think it speaks well about our daily intentions towards others (animals included).
‘Any interference with the body of a live animal which causes pain or disfigurement is contrary
to Islamic principles’ Iman Al-Hafiz Basheer Ammad Masri.
I don’t want to imagine what goes on inside a meat packing facility but a high school friend of
mine worked in one and he assured me it is done humanely and quickly.
“If we eat the flesh of living creatures, we are destroying the seeds of compassion’.
The Surangama Sutra.
Compassion is a human trait and if we as early man did not partake in the eating of animal meat we would not have the brains to even know what compassion is. Ingesting of protein from animals made us the higher thinking primates (homo sapiens) we are today.
‘Killing animals for sport, for pleasure, for adventure, and for hides and furs is a phenomena which is at once disgusting and distressing. There is no justification in indulging in such acts of brutality’.
The XLV Dalai Lama
In some parts of Ontario, I know that deer are hunted and shot if their numbers get too large for ecology purposes but hunting as a general sport has never really excited me or would I ever
partake in it. I do own two leather couches, which I am sure, was a byproduct of the meat that was supplied from the cow. Never liked fur coats on a woman…men look dumb in them.
‘Spiritual progress does demand at some stage that we should cease to kill our fellow creatures for the satisfaction of our bodily wants’. Mohandas Gandhi.
Gandhi was a great man and leader and went on many hunger strikes for what he believed in. My body needs animal protein…there may come a time in my last days that I may stop eating it because
I can no longer…at that time, if I am able, I will meditate and reflect to prepare myself to
meet my maker.
‘We, the Christian leaders, practice abstinence from the flesh of animals. The unnatural eating of flesh meat is polluting.’ St. John Chrysostom
The question here, John, is what is considered the “natural’ eating of flesh-meat?
‘Thou shalt not kill.’ GOD
“I have since an early age given up the eating of meat’. Leonardo Da Vinci
Great thinker and artist who probably figured out he was a type A
‘It is my view that vegetarian manner of living would most beneficially influence the lot (type A’s mostly) of mankind’. Albert Einstein
“Meat eating in any form, in any manner, and in any place is unconditionally and once and for all prohibited. I have not permitted meat eating to anyone,’ The Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama.
So much for converting to Buddhism…I surely wouldn’t last a week