The dangers of meat eating
The dangers of meat eating
Excerpts from Vedic Scriptures
A farmer's wife who was swept away by floods in New Zealand yesterday had her life saved by a cow.
Kim Riley praised the animal - known only as Number 569 - and described it as "an ugly old tart".
The area around Mrs Riley's farm at Woodville, near Palmerston North, has been lashed by severe storms that have claimed two lives, washed away wooden houses and forced the evacuation of hundreds of North Island homes.
THE ACTUAL PHILOSOPHICAL REASON FOR COW PROTECTION IS VERY SIMPLE: First of all, all living entities should be protected from slaughter and other violence at the hands of humans. Not only cows, but animals have SOULS the same as we do. All are children of God, all are dear to Him.
With this view in mind, it can be seen that slaughter is a form of MURDER.
The cow, however, is our MOTHER. Vedic philosophy teaches there are 7 mothers:
1) the birth mother,
2) the nurse,
3) the wife of the brahmana,
4) the wife of the king,
5) the wife of the spiritual master,
6) the earth, and
7) the cow.
You may wonder why the cow is considered one of the 7 mothers. Well, it is because she gives her milk to nourish us. A ll mothers should hold a position of respect, and since one does not kill and eat one's mother, the cow should not be killed and eaten. Likewise, the bull is our father because he can plow the earth to produce food grains. One does not kill and eat one's father and mother - not even when they are old and less economically useful.
In practice the first principle of cow protection, surprisingly, is OX EMPLOYMENT.
A mistake is made when only the cow is considered because typically her main usefulness is seen as milk production, and she won't give milk unless she first has a calf. Since half of all calves are bulls, the result will be a lot of excess bovine population. The expense of feeding them will be a deficit to the farmer. Unless employed as oxen, their only economic usefulness will be in their slaughter to produce meat.
With gasoline prices in Cuba going up and up, it is once again an excellent time to have-and to be-an ox.
by Susan Orlean
Laboratories using new tissue engineering technology might be able to
produce meat that is healthier for consumers and cut down on pollution
produced by factory farming, researchers said on Wednesday.
Barcelona has voted to ban bullfighting, after a big campaign by animal
Canadian BSE investigators have identified 141 beef and dairy animals as
birth cohorts, cattle born on the same farm within on year of the birth
of the positive animal. These 93 dairy and 48 beef cattle were all born
between 1995 and 1997.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Jan. 2 (Reuters) - A final laboratory test has confirmed that an Alberta dairy cow had mad cow disease, the second case Canada has found in its herd, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Sunday.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A second case of mad cow disease may
have turned up in the United States, Agriculture Department
officials said Thursday.
Can you really ask what reason Pythagoras had for abstaining from flesh? For my part I rather wonder both by what accident and in what state of soul or mind the first man did so, touched his mouth to gore and brought his lips to the flesh of a dead creature, he who set forth tables of dead, stale bodies and ventured to call food and nourishment the parts that had a little before bellowed and cried, moved and lived. How could his eyes endure the slaughter when throats were slit and hides flayed and limbs torn from limb? How could his nose endure the stench? How was it that the pollution did not turn away his taste, which made contact with the sores of others and sucked juices and serums from mortal wounds?