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"In his ﬁnal teachings before he physically left this earth, the Buddha foresaw that a situation would arise in the future where those speaking in his name would pervert his Doctrine and encourage meat consumption. So here, in this great Nirvana Sutra, he lays down his last will and testament on the matter: in no circumstances should one eat meat or ﬁsh " nor animal corpses, found in the jungle, for instance " nor even accept from a donor a meal which contains an abundance of ﬂesh-foods. The very contact of other food with meat is deemed deﬁling and requires puriﬁcation of the food by water. It is quite evident from all this that the Buddha in no way condoned the eating of meat and was keen for his monastic and lay followers to abjure the uncompassionate practice of meat eating and follow the pure path of vegetarian Mahayana. In this, we would be wise and benevolent to follow him." 'To become vegetarian is to step into the stream which leads to nirvana.' - Buddha A safe way to transition to veganism here “Do Vegetarians live longer than the general population? Absolutely! Vegetarians outlast the general population by perhaps as much as ten healthy years–a whole extra decade on Earth!” Michael Greger M.D. see also The China Study
"One is not a great one because one defeats or harms other living beings. One is so called because one refrains from defeating or harming other living beings." ~ The Buddha 'Especially, nowadays most people crave meat and consume ﬂesh and blood with a second thought, completely oblivious to all the diseases caused by old meat or harmful meat spirits. Unhealthy diets and lifestyles can also give rise to tumours, disorders of phlegm, dropsy and other diseases, causing innumerable deaths...“ ...Some people imagine that only the person who physically carried out the killing is creating a negative karmic effect, and that the person who just gave the orders is not - or, if he is, then only a little. But you should know that the same karmic result comes to everyone involved... Each person gets the whole karmic result of killing one animal. It is not as if one act of killing could be divided up among many people. ” - Patrul Rinpoche From : Words of My Perfect Teacher
Talk : Vegetarianism by H.H. the 17th Karmapa 'Another thing I've forgotten is that any monastery that belongs to Kamtsang Kagyu, the monastery kitchen cannot and should not make any food with meat. And if you bring meat and cook it in the monastery kitchen then that means that you are not taking me as your teacher, you are not belonging to Karma Kagyu. And there is nothing to discuss about that. That's ﬁnished. That is very important. You have to think, eating meat is not good, eating meat is dirty and bad for your health —this kind of way of looking has to be cultivated. It's good for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and also for Apo Gaga. You can use my name also. If you want Apo Gaga to live longer, it's useful not to eat meat. And your own Root Guru and all the great beings, if you want them to live long, the best method to do is to reduce meat or not eat it. In the next session, once you make the commitment you should really keep it. If you make the ﬁrst commitment very clearly and very strongly, then the second commitment will be good and the third also good, so the ﬁrst commitment should be very strong and you should not make the commitment unless you can really do it and have the mind to do it.' 6 pages of 17th Karmapa talks on Vegetarianism, please click here. "The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men." Leonardo da Vinci "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food." -Genesis 1:29
"There is not an animal on the earth, nor a ﬂying creature on two wings, but they are people like unto you." - The Koran (sacred scripture of Islam)
"Our task must be to free ourselves . . . by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty." "Nothing will beneﬁt human health and increase chances of survival for life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet." Albert Einstein, physicist, Nobel Prize 1921 "Love is the eldest and noblest and mightiest of the Gods and the chiefest author and giver of virtue in life and of happiness and death." - Plato "A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the 'Universe', a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.” - Albert Einstein, New York Post, 28 November 1972 "For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love." Pythagoras, mathematician
"Cowardice asks the question - is it safe? Expediency asks the question - is it politic? Vanity asks the question - is it popular? But conscience asks the question - is it right? And there comes
a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it is right.” - Martin Luther King "When a man has pity on all living creatures then only is he noble." -Buddha
"I do feel that spiritual progress does demand at some stage that we should cease to kill our fellow creatures for the satisfaction of our bodily wants." "I abhor vivisection with my whole soul. All the scientiﬁc discoveries stained with innocent blood I count as of no consequence." -Mahatma Gandhi
Quote by The Great Dzogchen Yogi, Kyabje Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche Meat, the sinful food, is not permitted according to the three vows: the vows of individual liberation, the Bodhisattva vows and the tantric vows. Thus Buddha stated: “I have never approved, do not approve, and will never approve of a meat diet.” He declared: “my followers must never eat meat.”
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” - Martin Luther King
"The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for whites or women for men.” - Alice Walker "The Gods created certain kinds of beings to replenish our bodies; they are the trees and the plants and the seeds."
Quote by The late Great Drubwang Konchok Norbu Rinpoche (1921-2007) As practitioners of this precious Dharma, we need to eradicate all non-virtuous deeds in general, particularly the consumption of meat, as it has the heaviest negative karma. This is because all the livings beings that we eat are actually our own parents who have been very kind to us in many lifetimes. Eating meat is a non-virtuous act with such heavy misgivings that the Buddha Himself also mentioned that consuming the meat of other sentient beings who have been our parents one lifetime or another is the gravest and most heinous deed to commit.
Tribute to His Eminence Drubwang Konchok Norbu Rinpoche (1921-2007) 'If on the one hand, we chant the [Mani] mantra and on the other hand, we eat the meat of another sentient being, then our words and actions do not tally with one another.' — Drubwang Rinpoche
'One of the greatest obstacles to the birth of Bodhicitta in our minds is our craving for meat.' — Shabkar
Did you know that in a study performed by former World Bank Environmental
adviser Dr. Robert Goodland & Jeff Anhang the percentage of total green house gas
emissions from the live stock sector is closer to 51% of total anthropogenic GHG emissions? Here is their report which includes aspects in the calculation that the FAO
ﬁgure does not 'Livestock and Climate Change'. Did you also know that in the worlds most comprehensive, largest and longest
ever study on human nutrition, The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D.,
and his son, Thomas M. Campbell. Dr. Campbell is a professor of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University. The conclusions that cure man from heart disease and most forms of cancer categorically deﬁne man as a raw, plant based, whole food eater. The book shows how the vegan diet results in better health, longer life and far less disease and time in hospital. The promotion of sustainable livestock farming, at such a time when we need to race back from environmental tipping points we are accelerating towards explained clearly in NASA GISS head James Hansen's book 'The Storms of my grandchildren'; livestock is clearly, exhaustively demonstrated as the main weight that is dragging us down towards these points of no return where so many will come to suffering. Besides: 'If livestock are responsible for at least 51% of anthropogenic GHG emissions, then mitigation measures no longer sufﬁce, and broadly avoiding emissions attributable to livestock becomes critical. For example, improvements in the pasture-raising of livestock can somewhat increase carbon stores in soil. However, only about 8% of meat is produced from pasture-raised livestock,2 and there is little land available to increase this amount without causing deforestation. Further, when livestock are pasture-raised, they emit as much as three times the amount of methane as do intensively-raised livestock. Moreover, the possibility for mitigation to increase soil carbon is available for only the ﬁrst part of the lives of most pasture-raised livestock, as most are intensively raised and fed crops for the second part of their lives.' - Robert Goodland invited to present to the FAO at the club of Rome following the success of the 'Livestock and Climate change' article. For the full article see the folder 'Goodland & co.' here: http://www.zumodrive.com/share/4mJcNDEzZT Still standing on the shoulders of giants:
"People think of animals as if they were vegetables, and that is not right. We have to change the way people think about animals. I encourage the Tibetan people and all people to move toward a vegetarian diet that doesn't cause suffering." - The Dalai Lama There is no fundamental difference between man and the higher animals in their mental faculties.… The lower animals, like man, manifestly feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery. —Charles Darwin, naturalist and author (1809–1882) "If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his ﬁrst act of abstinence is from injury to animals." "Vegetarian food leaves a deep impression on our nature. If the whole world adopts vegetarianism, it can change the destiny of humankind." -Albert Einstein
This way of killing animals is heart wrenching. Such a loss this way of fooling oneself. How helpless, our parents' dying. This way of heaping up meat of deﬁlement, What do you do with so much blood? How hungry you must be, the way you eat so much meat! - Milarepa "The beef industry has contributed to more American deaths than all the wars of this century,
all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined. If beef is your idea of 'real food for real people,' you'd better live real close to a real good hospital.” - Neal D. Barnard, M.D., President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine The difference in mind between man and the higher animals, great as it is, certainly is one of degree and not of kind. —Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man
- Bruce Lee: Vegetarian
But for the sake of some little mouthful of ﬂesh, we deprive a soul of the sun and light and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy." -- Plutarch "More plant species in the U.S. have been eliminated or threatened by livestock grazing than by any other cause, according to the U.S. General Accounting Ofﬁce.” - George Wuerthner "To a man whose mind is free there is something even more intolerable in the sufferings of animals than in the sufferings of man. For with the latter it is at least admitted that suffering is evil and that the man who causes it is a criminal. But thousands of animals are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. If any man were to refer to it, he would be thought ridiculous. And that is the unpardonable crime." Romain Rolland, author, Nobel Prize 1915 It is only by softening and disguising dead ﬂesh by culinary preparation, that it is rendered susceptible of mastication or digestion; and that the sight of its bloody juices and raw horror does not excite intolerable loathing and disgust. -- Percy Bysshe Shelley
Attaining The Highest Bliss Of Buddhahood That We May Relieve All Beings Of Their Sufferings By HH the 100th Ganden Tri Rinpoche Introduction At the outset, develop the proper motivation to listen to the Buddha's teachings, preferably, in tune with Bodhicitta, the aspiration to attain Buddhahood so that one could be of ultimate beneﬁt to all sentient beings. Read More! By all that is sacred in our hope for the human race, I conjure those who love happiness and truth to give a fair trial to the vegetable system! -- Percy Bysshe Shelley "If a group of beings from another planet were to land on Earth -- beings who considered themselves as superior to you as you feel yourself to be to other animals -- would you concede them the rights over you that you assume over other animals?" George Bernard Shaw, playwright, Nobel Prize 1925 "What is it that should trace the insuperable line? ...The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?"
Jeremy Bentham, philosopher "In their behavior toward creatures, all men are Nazis. Human beings see oppression vividly when they're the victims. Otherwise they victimize blindly and without a thought." Isaac Bashevis Singer, author, Nobel Prize 1978
Does Eating Meat Create Negative Karma?
Transcribed excerpt from Venerable Tenzin Palmo's Talk “Karma & Rebirth”, held at Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery on 5th June 2005 : "And 'killing'. You know? I mean, I do think, yes, in Singapore, we have to think about this. That you can say, 'Alright, I don't kill anything. I, you know, I don't kill. I live in a town. I don't need to kill anything.' But, even by taking meat, we are colluding in allowing animals to be killed. And I think that as Buddhists, people on the spiritual path, we should think about this. Because if there is no demand, then there will be no cause to kill the animals. Read More! "I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being." Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. President "You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity." Ralph Waldo Emerson, essayist [A]s you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me” (Matt. 25:35, 40 RSV). Aware of the suffering caused by the destruction of life, I am committed to cultivating compassion and learning ways to protect the lives of people, animals, plants, and minerals. I am determined not to kill, not to let others kill, and not to support any act of killing in the world, in my thinking, and in my way of life. - Thich Nhat Hanh From: The Heart of Buddha's Teaching, The First Mindfulness Training "As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battleﬁelds." "What I think about vivisection is that if people admit that they have the right to take or endanger the life of living beings for the beneﬁt of many, there will be no limit to their cruelty." Leo Tolstoy author
"I know I got it made while the masses of black people are catchin' hell, but as long as they ain't free, I ain't free." "I done handcuffed lightning And throw thunder in jail. You know I’m bad."
- Muhamid Ali "the greatest of all time": Vegetarian
"I cannot ﬁsh without falling a little in self-respect...always when I have done I feel it would have been better if I had not ﬁshed." Henry David Thoreau, author "While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth?" "Atrocities are not less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and are called medical research." George Bernard Shaw "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." "To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being." Mahatma Gandhi, statesman and philosopher In every country in the world, killing human beings is condemned. The Buddhist precept of non-killing extends even
further, to include all living beings. - Venerable Thich Nhat HanFrom Interbeing: Fourteen Guidelines for Engaged Buddhism (1983)
We must look deeply. When we buy something or consume something, we may be participating in an act of killing. This precept [non-killing] reﬂects our determination not to kill, either directly or indirectly, and also to prevent others from killing. - Venerable Thich Nhat Han From Touching Peace: Practicing the Art of Mindful Living (1992) “Children who grow up getting nutrition from plant foods rather than meats have a tremendous health advantage. They are less likely to develop weight problems, diabetes, high blood pressure and some forms of cancer” -- Dr. Benjamin Spock "Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages." Thomas Edison, inventor You put a baby in a crib with an apple and a rabbit. If it eats the rabbit and plays with the apple, I'll buy you a new car. ~Harvey Diamond
Think of the ﬁerce energy concentrated in an acorn! You bury it in the ground, and it explodes into an oak! Bury a sheep, and nothing happens but decay. ~George Bernard Shaw We don't need to eat anyone who would run, swim, or ﬂy away if he could. ~James Cromwell
Vegan Ch'an Master Hsu Yun (Xu-yun), at 113 years old in 1952 Whenever possible, a Buddhist should abstain from eating meat. But where vegetables are plentiful, there is no reason to eat meat. - Chinese Zen Master Xu-Yun In Genesis 2:15, God instructed Adam to “till” and “keep” the Garden of Eden, and by analogy we may see caring for God’s Creation as our sacred task. The typical meat eater’s diet can require up to 14 times more water and 20 times more energy than that of a vegetarian. Indeed, current use of land, water, and energy is not sustainable; resource depletion threatens to cause hardships for humankind this century. Nothing more strongly arouses our disgust than cannibalism, yet we make the same impression on Buddhists and vegetarians, for we feed on babies, though not our own. ~Robert Louis Stevenson
* My refusing to eat ﬂesh occasioned an inconveniency, and I was frequently chided for my
singularity, but, with this lighter repast, I made the greater progress, for greater clearness of
head and quicker comprehension. -- Benjamin Franklin The Utopians feel that slaughtering our fellow creatures gradually destroys the sense of compassion, which is the ﬁnest sentiment of which our human nature is capable. -Thomas More Vegetarianism serves as the criterion by which we know that the pursuit of moral perfection on the part of humanity is genuine and sincere. -- Leo Tolstoy If he be really and seriously seeking to live a good life, the ﬁrst thing from which he will abstain will always be the use of animal food, because ...its use is simply immoral, as it involves the performance of an act which is contrary to the moral feeling -- killing. -- Leo Tolstoy Being a vegetarian makes it easier for us to increase our loving kindness and compassion. - Venerable Thich Nhat Han From: Udumbara Flowers, Book II A human can be healthy without killing animals for food. Therefore if he eats meat he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral. -- Leo Tolstoy "Thou shalt not kill" does not apply to murder of one's own kind only, but to all living beings; and this Commandment was inscribed in the human breast long before it was proclaimed from Sinai. -- Leo Tolstoy In all the round world of Utopia there is no meat. There used to be, but now we cannot stand the thought of slaughterhouses. And it is impossible to ﬁnd anyone who will hew a dead ox or pig.I can still remember as a boy the rejoicings over the closing of the last slaughterhouse. -- H G Wells - A Modern Utopia
Wilbur burst into tears. "I dont want to die," he moaned. "I want to stay alive, right here in my comfortable manure pile with all my friends. I want to breathe the beautiful air and lie in the beautiful sun." ~ E. B. White (Charlotte's Web)
"Now I can look at you in peace; I don't eat you any more.” - Franz Kafka, while admiring ﬁsh in an aquarium "It seems disingenuous for the intellectual elite of the ﬁrst world to dwell on the subject of too many babies being born in the second- and third-world nations while virtually ignoring the over-population of cattle and the realities of a food chain that robs the poor of sustenance to feed the rich a steady diet of grain-fed meat.” - Jeremy Rifkin, Beyond Beef "A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.”Leo Tolstoy
"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.” - Henry David Thoreau "Take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Wiesel
- Carl Lewis, 100m world record holder: Vegan
"The human spirit is not dead. It lives on in secret . . . It has come to believe that compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind.” - Albert Schweitzer, Nobel Peace Prize address: The Problem of Peace in the World Today “If man wants freedom why keep birds and animals in cages? Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds them. We live by the death of others. We are burial places! I have since an early age abjured the use of meat.” - Leonardo Da Vinci "The fate of animals is of greater importance to me than the fear of appearing ridiculous; it is indissolubly connected with the fate of man.” - Emile Zola "I think the evidence is pretty clear. If you look at various characteristics of carnivores versus herbivores, it doesn't take a genius to see where humans line up.” - William C. Roberts, Editor in Chief, American Journal of Cardiology [Statement in
support of his view that humans are not physiologically designed to eat meat]
"Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures.” - The Dalai Lama
1) Rather than encouraging apathy through submissive responses, let us deliver the message loudly and clearly, that needles killing and suffering is wrong. 2) The eating of meat cannot in any way be considered to be helpful to the practice of the dharma, neither can the slaughter of animals be considered to be consistent with the Buddhist teachings of compassion (mettâ, ahimsâ, and karunâ), of loving kindness, or of the nature of the evocation of the enlightenment-mind. The cruelties associated with the slaughter of the animal kingdom for human consumption, the pain, fear, and distress suffered by the animals in the entire process of being fattened for butchering, as well as the environmental disasters wreaked upon our planet through the meat industry, are very well documented, and should be understood by all who claim to be developing bodhicitta, or who wish to. 3) Meat eating and a compassionate religion do not go hand in hand. - Bodo Balsys
Why People Must Be Vegetarian
"A fully divine person is a fully human being. A fully human being is fully divine. Right now we are only half a human being. We do things with hesitation, we do things with ego. We don't believe that it is God who arranges all this for our enjoyment, for our experience. We separate sin and virtue. We make a big deal out of everything, and accordingly judge ourselves and other people. We suffer from our own limitations about what God should do. Understand? Actually, God is inside us and we limit Him. We like to enjoy ourselves and play, but we don't know how. We just say to others, 'Ah! You shouldn't do that,' and to ourselves, 'I shouldn't do that. I must not do this. So,why should I be vegetarian?' Yeah! I know. I am vegetarian because the God inside me wants it." "When we are pure in our deeds, speech and thought, even for a second, all the deities, the gods, and the guardian angels will support us. At that moment, the entire universe belongs to us and supports us, and the throne is there for us to reign upon."
Foods from plant sources and dairy products are permitted on this diet, but all other foods from animal sources including eggs should not be eaten. There are many reasons for this, but the most important comes from the First Precept, which tells us to refrain from taking the life of sentient beings, or "Thou shalt not kill." Not killing or otherwise harming other living creatures is of obvious beneﬁt for them. Less obvious is the fact that refraining from harming others is equally advantageous for ourselves. Why? Because of the law of karma. "As ye sow, so shall ye reap." When you kill, or cause others to kill for you, in order to satisfy your desire for meat, you incur a karmic debt, and this debt must eventually be repaid. So, in a very real sense, the keeping of a vegetarian diet is a gift which we give to ourselves. We feel better, the quality of our lives improves as the heaviness of our karmic indebtedness diminishes, and we are offered entrance into new subtle and heavenly realms of inner experience. It is well worth the small price you have to pay! The spiritual arguments against eating meat are convincing for some people, but there are other compelling reasons for being a vegetarian. All of them are rooted in common sense. They have to do with issues of personal health and nutrition, ecology and the environment, ethics and animal suffering, and world hunger.
Health and Nutrition
Studies of human evolution have shown that our ancestors were vegetarian by nature. The structure of the human body is not suited for eating meat. This was demonstrated in an essay on comparative anatomy by Dr. G. S. Huntingen of Columbia University. He pointed out that carnivores have short small and large intestines. Their large intestine is characteristically very straight and smooth. In contrast, vegetarian animals have both a long small intestine and a long large intestine. Because of the low ﬁber content and high protein density of meat, the intestines do not require a long time to absorb nutrients; thus, the intestines of carnivores are shorter in
length than those of vegetarian animals. Humans, like other naturally vegetarian animals, have both a long small and large intestine. Together, our intestines are approximately twenty-eight feet (eight and a half meters) in length. The small intestine is folded back on itself many times, and its walls are convoluted, not smooth. Because they are longer than those found in carnivores, the meat we eat stays in our intestines for a longer period of time. Consequently, the meat can putrefy and create toxins. These toxins have been implicated as a cause of colon cancer, and they also increase the burden on the liver, which has the function of getting rid of toxins. This can cause cirrhosis and even cancer of the liver. Meat contains a lot of urokinase protein and urea, which add to the burden on the kidneys, and can destroy kidney function. There are fourteen grams of urokinase protein in every pound of steak. If living cells are put into liquid urokinase protein, their metabolic function will degenerate. Furthermore, meat lacks cellulose or ﬁber, and lack of ﬁber can easily create constipation. It is known that constipation can cause rectal cancer or piles. The cholesterol and saturated fats in ﬂesh also create cardiovascular disorders. Cardiovascular disorders are the number one leading cause of death in the United States, and now in Formosa. Cancer is the second leading cause of death. Experiments indicate that the burning and roasting of ﬂesh creates a chemical element (Methylcholanthrene) which is a powerful carcinogen. Mice given this chemical develop cancers, such as bone tumors, cancer of the blood, cancer of the stomach, etc. Research has shown that infant mice fed by a female mouse having breast cancer will also develop cancer. When human cancer cells were injected into animals, the animals also developed cancer. If the meat which we eat daily comes from animals that originally have such disorders, and we take them into our body, there is a good chance we will also get the diseases. Most people assume that meat is clean and safe, that there are inspections done at all butcheries. There are far too many cattle, pigs, poultry, etc. killed for sale every day for each one to actually be examined. It's very difﬁcult to check whether a piece of meat has cancer in it, let alone check every single animal. Currently, the meat industry just cuts off the head when it has a problem, or cuts off the leg which is diseased. Only the bad parts are removed and the rest is sold. The famous vegetarian, Dr. J. H. Kellogg said, "When we eat vegetarian food, we don't have to worry about what kind of disease the food died of. This makes a joyful meal!" There is yet another concern. Antibiotics as well as other drugs including steroids and growth hormones are either added to animal feed or injected directly into the animals. It has been reported that people eating these animals will absorb these drugs into their bodies. There is a possibility that antibiotics in meat are diminishing the effectiveness of antibiotics for human use. There are some people who consider the vegetarian diet not sufﬁciently nourishing. An American surgical expert, Dr. Miller, practiced medicine for forty years in Formosa. He established a hospital there, where all the meals were vegetarian, for staff members as well as the patients. He said, "The mouse is one kind of animal which can support its life with both a vegetarian and non-vegetarian diet. If two mice are segregated, with one eating ﬂesh and the other vegetarian food, we ﬁnd that their growth and development are the same, but that the vegetarian mouse lives longer and has greater resistance to disease. Furthermore, when the two
mice got sick, the vegetarian mouse recovered quicker." He then added, "The medicine given to us by modern science has improved greatly, but it can only treat illnesses. Food, however, can sustain our health." He pointed out that, "Food from plants is a more direct source of nutrition than meat. People eat animals, but the source of nutrition for the animals we eat is plants. The lives of most animals are short, and animals have nearly all the diseases that mankind has. It is very likely that the diseases of mankind come from eating the ﬂesh of diseased animals. So, why don't people get their nutrition directly from plants?" Dr. Miller suggested that we only need cereals, beans and vegetables to get all the nourishment we need to maintain good health. Many people have the idea that animal protein is 'superior' to plant protein because the former is considered a complete protein, and the latter is incomplete. The truth is that some plant proteins are complete, and that food combining can create complete proteins out of several incomplete protein foods. In March 1988 the American Dietetic Association announced that: "It is the position of the ADA that vegetarian diets are healthful and nutritionally adequate when appropriately planned." It is often falsely believed that meat eaters are stronger than vegetarians, but an experiment conducted by Professor Irving Fisher of Yale University on 32 vegetarians and 15 meat-eaters showed that vegetarians had more endurance than meat eaters. He had people hold out their arms for as long as possible. The outcome from the test was very clear. Among the 15 meateaters, only two persons could hold out their arms for ﬁfteen to thirty minutes; however, among the 32 vegetarians, 22 persons held out their arms for ﬁfteen to thirty minutes, 15 persons for over thirty minutes, 9 persons for over one hour, 4 persons for over two hours, and one vegetarian held his arms out for over three hours. Many long distance track athletes keep a vegetarian diet for the time preceding competitions. Dr. Barbara More, an expert in vegetarian therapy, completed a one hundred and ten mile race in twenty-seven hours and thirty minutes. A woman of ﬁfty-six years of age, she broke all the records held by young men. "I want to be an example to show that people who take a whole vegetarian diet will enjoy a strong body, a clear mind, and a puriﬁed life." Does the vegetarian get enough protein in his diet? The World Health Organization recommends that 4.5% of daily calories be derived from protein. Wheat has 17% of it's calories as protein, broccoli has 45% and rice has 8%. It is very easy to have a protein rich diet without eating meat. With the additional beneﬁt of avoiding the many diseases caused by high fat diets such as heart disease and many cancers, vegetarianism is clearly the superior choice. The relationship between over consumption of meat, and other animal source foods containing high levels of saturated fats, and heart disease, breast cancer, colon cancer and strokes has been proven. Other diseases which are often prevented and sometimes cured by a low fat vegetarian diet include: kidney stones, prostate cancer, diabetes, peptic ulcers, gallstones, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, gum disease, acne, pancreatic cancer, stomach cancer, hypoglycemia, constipation, diverticulosis, hypertension, osteoporosis, ovarian cancer, hemorrhoids, obesity, and asthma. There is no greater personal health risk than eating meat, aside from smoking.
Ecology and the Environment
Raising animals for meat has its consequences. It leads to rain forest destruction, global heatrising, water pollution, water scarcity, desertiﬁcation, misuse of energy resources, and world hunger. The use of land, water, energy, and human effort to produce meat is not an efﬁcient way to use the earth's resources. Since 1960, some 25% of Central America's rain forests have been burned and cleared to create pasture for beef cattle. It has been estimated that every four ounce hamburger made from rain forest beef destroys 55 square feet of tropical rain forest. In addition, raising cattle contributes signiﬁcantly to the production of three gases which cause global warming, is a leading cause of water pollution, and requires a staggering 2464 gallons of water for the production of each pound of beef. It only takes 29 gallons of water to produce a pound of tomatoes, and 139 gallons to produce a one pound loaf of whole wheat bread. Nearly half of the water consumed in the United States goes to the growing of feed for cattle and other livestock. Many more people could be fed if the resources used to raise cattle were used to produce grain to feed the world's population. An acre of land growing oats produces 8 times the protein and 25 times the calories, if the oats are fed to humans rather than to cattle. An acre of land used for broccoli produces 10 times the protein, calories and niacin as an acre of land producing beef. Statistics like these are numerous. The world's resources would be more efﬁciently utilized if the land used for livestock production was converted to raising crops to feed people. Eating a vegetarian diet allows you to "tread more lightly on the planet." In addition to taking only what you need and reducing excess, it will feel better when you know that a living being doesn't have to die each time you eat a meal.
Nearly one billion people suffer from hunger and malnutrition on this planet. Over 40 million die each year of starvation, and most of them are children. Despite this, more than one third of the world's grain harvest is diverted from feeding people to feeding livestock. In the United States, livestock consume 70% of all the grain produced. If we fed people instead of livestock, no one would go hungry.
Are you aware of the fact that more than 100,000 cows are slaughtered every day in the United States? Most animals in Western countries are raised on "factory farms." These facilities are designed to produce the maximum number of animals for slaughter at the minimum expense. Animals are crowded together, disﬁgured and treated like machines for the conversion of feed into ﬂesh. This is a reality that most of us will never see with our own eyes. It has been said that, "One visit to a slaughterhouse will make you a vegetarian for life." Leo Tolstoy said, "As long as there are slaughterhouses there will be battleﬁelds. A vegetarian diet is the acid test of humanitarianism." Although most of us do not actively condone killing, we have developed the habit, supported by society, of eating meat regularly, without any real
awareness of what is being done to the animals we eat.
The Company of Saints and Others
From the beginning of recorded history we can see that vegetables have been the natural food of human beings. Early Greek and Hebrew myths all spoke of people originally eating fruit. Ancient Egyptian priests never ate meat. Many great Greek philosophers such as Plato, Diogenes, and Socrates all advocated vegetarianism. In India, Shakyamuni Buddha emphasized the importance of Ahimsa, the principle of not harming any living things. He warned His disciples not to eat meat, or else other living beings would become frightened of them. Buddha made the following observations: "Meat eating is just an acquired habit. In the beginning we were not born with a desire for it." "Flesh eating people cut off their inner seed of Great Mercy." "Flesh eating people kill each other and eat each other ... this life I eat you, and next life you eat me ... and it always continues in this way. How can they ever get out of the Three Realms (of illusion)?" Many early Taoists, early Christians and Jews were vegetarians. It is recorded in the Holy Bible: "And God said, I have provided all kinds of grain and all kinds of fruit for you to eat; but for the wild animals and for all the birds I have provided grass and leafy plants for food." (Genesis 1:29) Other examples forbidding the eating of meat in the Bible: "You must not eat meat with blood in it, because the life is in the blood." (Genesis 9:4) "God said, Who told you to kill the bullock and the she goat to make an offering to me? Wash yourselves from this innocent blood, so I may hear your prayer; otherwise I will turn my head away because your hands are full of blood. Repent yourselves so I may forgive you." St. Paul, one of Jesus' disciples, said in his letter to the Romans, "It is good neither to eat ﬂesh nor to drink wine." (Romans 14:21) Recently, historians have discovered many ancient books that have shed new light on the life of Jesus and His teachings. Jesus said, "People who have animals' ﬂesh become their own tombs. I tell you honestly, the man who kills will be killed. The man who kills living things and eats their meat is eating the meat of the dead men." Indian religions also avoid the eating of ﬂesh. It is said that, "People can't get ﬂesh without killing things. A person who hurts sentient beings will never be blessed by God. So, avoid taking ﬂesh!" (Hindu Precept) The holy scripture of Islam, the Koran, forbids the "eating of dead animals, blood and ﬂesh." A great Chinese Zen Master, Han Shan Tzu wrote a poem which was strongly against ﬂesh eating: "Go quickly to the market to buy meat and ﬁsh and feed them to your wife and children. But why must their lives be taken to sustain yours? It's unreasonable. It will not bring you afﬁnity with Heaven, but make you become dregs of Hell!" Many famous writers, artists, scientists, philosophers, and eminent men were vegetarians. The following people have all embraced vegetarianism with enthusiasm: Shakyamuni Buddha, Jesus Christ, Virgil, Horace, Plato, Ovid, Petrarch, Pythagoras, Socrates, William Shakespeare, Voltaire, Sir Isaac Newton, Leonardo Da Vinci, Charles Darwin, Benjamin Franklin, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Emile Zola, Bertrand Russell, Richard Wagner, Percy Bysshe Shelley, H. G. Wells, Albert Einstein, Rabindranath Tagore, Leo Tolstoy, George Bernard Shaw, Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Schweitzer, and more recently, Paul Newman, Madonna, Princess Diana, Lindsay Wagner, Paul McCartney, and Candice Bergen, to name a
few. Albert Einstein said, "I think the changes and purifying effects that a vegetarian diet have on a human being's disposition are quite beneﬁcial to mankind. Therefore, it is both auspicious and peaceful for people to choose vegetarianism." This has been the common advice of many important ﬁgures and sages throughout history!
MODERN SCIENCE REASONS
Regarding the "sustainable production of meat" as discussed in the new book 'Meat - a benign extravagance'
I feel as a friend I must say, encouraging the consumption of meat, albeit sustainably is not something that is good for anyone in ultimate terms. To refrain from killing is one of the 10 commandments of Christ, the 5 precepts of the Buddha, a central tenant of intuitive, moral or common sense logic in terms compassion and therefore in your own best interest not to promote, not to mention the interest of all other beings therefore. I have made my way through as much of the book as I can and it says it it's self, 'the scope of the book is not to discuss weather it is right or wrong to eat meat' (page 2 in the text) but just to discuss if it is possible for us to do so. The ﬁgures that they say are overplayed by an order of 3 magnitudes, about water consumption and the insulative effect of the GHGs being c. 10% of total anthropogenic contribution do not deal with the calculations that go into bringing the ﬁgure to 51% of total anthro. GHG emissions as calculated (as an almost unanimously accepted calculation) by former world bank environmental adviser Dr Robert Goodland here: 'Livestock and Climate Change'. I can not understand what good such a book would do at such a time when we need to race back from environmental tipping points we are accelerating towards, livestock clearly, exhaustively demonstrated as the main weight that is dragging us down towards these points of no return where so many will come to suffering. As far as priorities go I do not think that such a small segment of society who can live like this need propagate such information to people at this time. The message that livestock is a benign extravagance is ﬂatly dangerous and I encourage you to stop propagating it at this time, there is so much else that can be encouraged other than the killing and eating of our mothers children. Besides:
'If livestock are responsible for at least 51% of anthropogenic GHG emissions, then mitigation measures no longer sufﬁce, and broadly avoiding emissions attributable to livestock becomes critical. For example, improvements in the pasture-raising of livestock can somewhat increase carbon stores in soil. However, only about 8% of meat is produced from pasture-raised livestock and there is little land available to increase this amount without causing deforestation. Further, when livestock are pasture-raised, they emit as much as three times the
amount of methane as do intensively-raised livestock. Moreover, the possibility for mitigation to increase soil carbon is available for only the ﬁrst part of the lives of most pasture-raised livestock, as most are intensively raised and fed crops for the second part of their lives' - Dr. Robert Goodland to The FAO.
The China Study, the longest and most comprehensive study ever done on human nutrition clearly shows that humans are not designed to eat meat, in fact that when they do, especially when they cook it, they are many hundreds of times more likely to get cancers, disease and they all die much younger compared to vegetarians.
Robert Goodland Former World Bank Environmental adviser to the world bank is invited to the club of Rome By the FAO. - http://www.zumodrive.com/share/4mJcNDEzZT ﬁle: 'goodland and co.'
FROM THE BIBLE
Proverbs 20: 23 Be not among the winebibbers nor the riotous eaters of animal ﬂesh. Genesis 1: 29 Behold I have given you herb yielding seed. To you it shall be for food. http:// www.matthewscully.com * Genesis 9: 4-5 Flesh shall ye not eat. http://www.all-creatures.org * Isaiah 65: The lion shall lie down with the lamb.. they shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord. http://www.hacres.com * Psalm 104: God made the whale to frolic in the sea (not to be slaughtered by the US, JAPAN, NORWAY and ICELAND govts.) http://www.embassy.gov Isaiah 66: 3: He that slays an ox is as he that slays a man. * Jesus: Whatsoever you have done to these the least of My brethren you have done unto Me. * Corinthians l If meat makes my brother stumble I shall never again eat meat. * Exodus 16: 31 The desert manna was like coriander seed. (This was stated by Dr.Reginald Cherry MD on the Trinity Broadcast Network). * Ezekiel 3 and 4: My body has never been contaminated by animal ﬂesh. * Leviticus: I will set my face against them that eat blood. http://www.meatout.com * Judges 13: The breaking of the Nazarite vow (no ﬂesh.. no hair cutting) was the cause of Samson`s downfall. http://www.jewishveg.com * Job 12: 8 Speak to the earth and she will teach thee (of patience, nurturing, unconditional , freely giving to all) http://www.compassionatespirit.com * Exodus 20: 13 Thou Shalt Not Kill (This is not asterisked in the Bible... Later translations such as New King James diluted King James to "Thou Shalt Not Murder" http:// www.ivu.org.cob-web.org:8888/recipes
Hosea 2:28: I will make for you that day a covenant with the animals. Deuteronomy 5: Thou Shalt Not Kill (later versions than the King James translate this as Thou Shalt Not Murder) Exodus 20: 13 Thou Shalt Not Kill brought down the mountain literally Lo Tirtzach ... (this is nonkilling, not nonmurder) The Biblical command "Thou Shalt Not Kill" which J J Price cites as a reason to change diet ... is not asterisked "to include humans only". The Biblical command "Thou Shalt Not Steal" which Kathy Kurtz cites can be related to not purloining the eggs from chickens nor the milk from mother cows whose calves are then butchered for veal. Genesis 6: Noah was commanded by God to provide vegetarian food in the ark for people and animals. (The lions drank the milk of cows.) Genesis 9: 4-5 Flesh shall yet not eat. And surely your blood I will require at the hands of beasts. (God forgive us all and help us all to change.) Hosea 2:28: I will make for you that day a covenant with the wild animals. I will abolish the bow, the sword, and war from the land. I will make you lie down in safety. Isaiah: Isaiah is the prophet who more than any other forecasts the birth of Jesus. He is also the prophet with the most references to nonviolence and universal respect for life. Jesus quotes Isaiah`s "I delight not in your blood sacriﬁces" as He drives the animal killers out of the temple. Jesus refers to the vegetarian Isaiah more than to any other. Isaiah: 1: 11: I delight not in the blood of bullocks or of lambs or of he goats (whereas Isaiah 66 involves not eating pigs ... and Isaiah 65 involves not eating any living thing) (In some Bible translations the word `blood` has been removed.) (In others it is "I delight not in thy blood sacriﬁces.") Isaiah 66: 3 He who slays an ox is as he that slays a man. (Another translation: He who kills a bull is as he who kills a man.) Job 5: You will be in league with the stones of the ﬁeld and the beasts of the ﬁeld shall be at peace with you. Job 12: 8 Speak to the earth and she will teach thee (of patience, humility, forgiveness, universal nurturing) GREATER THINGS SHALL YOU DO THAN I HAVE DONE SAID JESUS CHRIST TO HIS FOLLOWERS: What you have done to these the least of My brethren you have done unto Me. CATHOLIC VEGETARIAN SAINTS
St Francis of Assisi, St Clare, stigmatist St Therese Neumann, St. Martin de Porres, St John Chrysostom, St Anthony of Padua who preached to ﬁshes when humans would not listen.. St Nicholas of Tolentino* believed they were following the example of Jesus in not eating His animals. Trappists, Cistercians, Benedictines, Franciscans all have had a tradition of vegetarian diet, to which many still adhere. The pretzel was says George Cornell former AP religion writer a Lenten bread, symbolizing arms folded in prayer.. Lentils were named as such because they were a Lenten vegetarian alternative to animal ﬂesh. Meatless Fridays were the last vestige of early Christian abstinence from meat in following Christ's example. A papal bull once excommunicated anyone who attended a bullﬁght because the barbaric cruelty in them. This was later amended to excommunicate only priests who blessed bullﬁghting.
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Well, I would--if they realized that we--again if--we led them back to that stalemate only because that our retaliatory power, our seconds, or strike at them after our ﬁrst strike, would be so destructive that they couldn't afford it, that would hold them off -Ronald Regan when asked if nuclear war could be limited to tactical weapons . We dont really care if they like us or not, we just want to be respected -Ronald Regan . Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something -Last words of Pancho Villa Pancho Villa did not die on the battleﬁeld, he was gunned down in a car in the city of Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico, on July 20, 1923. as per Wikipedia . More than any time in history mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness, the other to total extinction. Let us pray that we have the wisdom to choose correctly. -Woody Allen . It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it. -Governor George W. Bush, Jr. . Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth -Albert Einstein . Aggression is defeated, the war is over -Bush Sr . Every government is run by liars and nothing they say should be believed -I.F. Stone . A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation -Munro . I do not like broccoli. And I haven't liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I'm President of the United States and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli -George Bush Sr . People who eat 3 Chocolate bars per month have a 30% better survival rate than those who consume no chocolate at all, while those who consume lots of chocolate have only a 16% better survival rate than those who don't have any Paula Francis CBS TV Newscaster Las Vegas .
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If you tell the truth you dont have to remember anything -Mark Twain . I've found that the best way to give advice to my children is to ﬁnd out what they want to do and then advise them to do it -HS Truman . Wish not so much to live long as to live well -Franklin . We choose to go to the Moon; not because it is easy, but because it is hard JFK . www.ARCHURE.net Winter is natures way of saying "Up yours" -Robert Byrne . California isn't my country anymore, and it wont be, until I am dead, it makes me very sad -John Steinbeck, native Californian, upon moving back to Monterey where he was shunned and moved away, never to call California home again . What an artist the world is loosing -Nero, ending his own life after being declared an enemy of the Roman Empire . You only have one thing in business, and that is your reputation -Judge Judy . Few things are harder to put up with than a good example -Mark Twain . www.ARCHURE.net . Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States, ask any Indian Robert Orben . I have a rock garden. Last week three of them died -Richard Diran . There is no need to do any housework at all. After the ﬁrst four years, the dirt doesn't get any worse -Quentin Crisp . If we see the light at the end of the tunnel, it's the light of an oncoming train Robert Lowell .
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Morris (the ramiﬁcations of this are endless, people in the days of the construction of the pyramids and before, were just as smart as people are today, they are just not around to stand up to all who think that only since "our generation" has man become intelligent) . Today's youth are in rebellion, society is crumbling, it appears to be the fall of mankind (approximate quote) -Plato (?) 400 BC . He who looketh upon a woman loseth a fender -sign in auto repair shop . Can you imagine a world without men? No crime and lots of happy fat women -Sylvia (Nicole Hollander) . There will be sex after death, we just won't be able to feel it -Lily Tomlin . Love is the crocodile on the river of desire -Bhartrihari (ca. 625) . If women didn't have a vagina I wouldn't talk with them -Howard Stern . A relationship is what happens between two people who are waiting for something better to come along -author? . The longer I live, the more I see that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time -George Bernard Shaw (famous vegetarian) . BENJAMIN FRANKLIN "When about 16 Years of Age, I happen'd to meet with a Book written by one Tryon, recommending a Vegetable Diet. I determined to go into it.... My refusing to eat Flesh occasioned an inconveniency, and I was frequently chid for my singularity...." -BEN FRANKLIN Chapter 1 "The Autobiography" E302.6F7A2 available in most libraries and bookstores and college bookstores ONLINE VERSION also available (now more directly at) http:// www.earlyamerica.com/lives/franklin/chapt1/index.html a bit further than 3/4 of the page down. Select Chapter 1, and search for word "Tryon" or "vegetable" (ﬁnd option will not work on this page with some browsers, you
may have to look visually). Note: The word "Flesh" is capitalized in the Vintage Press version, but not in some other publications. WAS FRANKLIN REALLY A VEGETARIAN? HOW LONG? http://www.archure.net/salus/franklinveg.html . "Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages." Thomas Jefferson, 3rd U.S. President . If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian. -Paul McCartney . When I was young we didn't have MTV; we had to take drugs and go to concerts -Steven Pearl? or Steven Wright? Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, its the only thing that ever has.-Margaret Mead . Oppression stems from Aggression, the worlds number one solvable problem Archure (aka Chris Holley) . You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here" -Ehrmann . Gandhi visited the USA, a reporter asked Gandhi what he thought of Western Civilization; Gandhi replied "It sounds like a good idea to me" . If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants -Newton . There is more to life than increasing its speed -Mahatma Gandhi . If theyre not going to listen to Ben Franklin (vegetarian, age 16, from The Autobiography) and Albert Einstein (vegetarian and anti-war paciﬁst); then who is going to listen to MistrMoose (Archure's former nickname in chat rooms). -Archure in the name of god
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