Posted by Remmy (22.214.171.124) on September 13, 2000 at 22:05:08:
In Reply to: Vegetarianism posted by Michele on September 11, 2000 at 09:40:47:
Although I mean no disrespect to any of you I have to strongly disagree with the idea that eating meat could only be a bad thing because it's bad for the "soul" as Savaka put it. I think this is a very selfish view. Raising animals in terrible conditions and then killing them for meat is wrong because it's bad for the animals, not because it's bad for us! Chickens are kept in tiny cages all their lives and often have their beaks and feet removed to stop them pecking each other. Turkeys are bred to be so fat that their legs break under their own body weight. Fish are killed by suffercating out of water - not a nice way to die. Lobsters are killed by being boiled alive! I could go on. The dead animals in the supermarket can't be helped now but by not buying meat the demand for meat goes down and so fewer animals will be raised and killed. If health reasons or circumstances force you to eat meat then fair enough, but please do a little research first to determine which sources of meat involve the least
I also don't think we should be making our morals based solely on what the Dalai Lama says. For all his greatness and compassion he is still a man and capable of having flaws just like the rest of us. This may sound like I have no respect for him but nothing could be further from the truth. I admire him greatly but disagree with his views on the treatment of animals.
Peace to all of you,
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