Animals are innocent
Why should we punish them?
we eat meat, Isn’t it a death penalty?
voice for the voiceless
H. H. Pema Norbu Rinpoche
~ Bodhisattva's Vow ~
mother sentient being, boundless as the sky, have happiness and the cause of
May we be
liberated from suffering and the cause of suffering.
May we never
separate from the happiness which is free from sorrow.
May we rest
in equanimity, free from attachment and aversion.
"Take an example on our own body.
So, don’t harm others.
Do not commit any sinful act.
Accomplish the best virtue.
Completely subdue and tame one's own mind.
This is the Buddha’s doctrine."
Vegetarianism / Vegan
“Why do we try to force vegetarianism on others? Isn't it a personal choice?”
From a moral standpoint, actions that harm others are not matters of personal
choice. For example, murder, child abuse,
and cruelty to animals are immoral acts, not matters of
choice. Today, our society encourages meat-eating and factory farming, but at
one time, society also encouraged slavery, child labor, and many other practices
that are now universally recognized as wrong.
See what goes on inside a factory farm.
“Animals kill other animals for food, so why shouldn’t we?”
Most animals who kill for food could not survive if they didn’t, but that is not
the case for humans. In fact, we would be better off if we
didn’t eat meat. Many animals, including some of our closest primate relatives,
are vegetarians. We should look to them, rather than to carnivores, as models of
“The animals have to die sometime, so what's wrong with eating them?”
Humans die, too, but that doesn’t give you the right to kill them or cause them
a lifetime of suffering.
“Don't farmers treat their animals well so they'll produce more milk or
Animals on factory farms gain weight, lay eggs, or produce milk not because they
are well cared for, comfortable, and content but
because their bodies have been manipulated with medications, hormones, genetics,
and management techniques. In addition, animals raised for food are slaughtered
when they are extremely young, usually before disease and misery decimate them.
Factory farmers raise such huge numbers of animals for food that it is less
expensive for them to absorb some losses than it is for them to provide humane
Watch footage of hens in factory farms.
“What will we do with all the chickens, cows, and pigs if everyone becomes a
It is unrealistic to expect that everyone will stop eating animals overnight. As
the demand for meat decreases, fewer animals will
be raised for food. Farmers will stop breeding so many
animals and will turn to other types of agriculture. When there are fewer of
these animals, they will be able to live more natural lives.
how factory-farmed animals live.
“If everyone became vegetarian, many animals would never even be born. Isn't
that worse for them?”
Life on factory farms is so miserable that it is hard to imagine that we are
doing animals a favor by bringing them into that type of
existence and then confining them, tormenting them, and
“If everyone only ate vegetables and grains, would there be enough to eat?”
Yes. We feed so much grain to animals to fatten them for consumption that if we
all became vegetarians, we could produce enough
food to feed everyone on Earth. In the U.S., animals
raised for food are fed 70 percent of the corn, wheat, and other grains that we
The world’s cattle consume a quantity of
food equal to the caloric needs of 8.7 billion people—more than the entire human
Read more about the connection between environmentalism
“Don’t vegetarians have difficulty getting enough protein?”
In Western countries, our problem is that we get too much protein, not too
little. Most Americans get at least twice as much protein as
too much protein, especially animal protein, can increase your risk of
osteoporosis and kidney disease. You can get enough protein from whole wheat
oatmeal, beans, corn, peas, mushrooms, or broccoli—almost
every food contains protein. Unless you eat a great deal of junk food, it’s
almost impossible to eat as many calories as you need for good health without
getting enough protein.
Get a free copy of PETA’s vegetarian starter kit.
“Don’t humans have to eat meat to stay healthy?”
Both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the American Dietetic Association
have endorsed vegetarian diets. Studies have also
shown that vegetarians have lower cholesterol levels than
meat-eaters and are far less likely to die of heart disease or cancer. \The
consumption of meat and dairy products has been conclusively linked with
diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, clogged arteries, obesity, asthma, and
Read more about the health benefits of a vegetarian diet.
“Aren't humans natural carnivores?”
Actually, a vegetarian diet suits the human body better than a diet that
includes meat. Carnivorous animals have claws, short digestive
tracts, and long, curved fangs. Humans have flat, flexible
nails, and our so-called “canine” teeth are minuscule compared to those of
carnivores and even compared to vegetarian primates like gorillas and
orangutans. Our tiny canine teeth are better suited to biting into fruits than
tearing through tough hides. We have flat molars and long digestive tracts that
are suited to diets of vegetables, fruits, and grains. Eating meat is hazardous
to our health and contributes to heart disease, cancer, and many other health
Read more about meat-eating myths and the truths behind
“Don’t dairy cows need to be milked?”
In order for a cow to produce milk, she must have a calf. Each “dairy cow” is
impregnated every year so that she continues to produce a
steady supply of milk. In nature, the mother’s calf would
drink her milk, eliminating the need for her to be milked by humans, but on
factory farms, calves are taken away from their mothers when they are just a day
or two old so that humans can have the milk that nature intended for the calves.
Female calves are slaughtered immediately or raised to be dairy cows. Male
calves are confined for 16 weeks to tiny veal crates that are so small that they
cannot even turn around.
Because of the high demand for dairy products, cows are genetically engineered
and fed growth hormones to force them to produce quantities of milk that are
well beyond their natural limits. Even the few farmers who choose not to raise
animals intensively must get rid of the calves, who would otherwise drink the
milk, and send the mothers off to slaughter when their milk production wanes.
Get answers to all your questions about dairy products.
“I know a vegetarian who is unhealthy. Is vegetarianism really good for
There are healthy and unhealthy vegetarians, but doctors agree that vegetarians
who eat varied, low-fat diets stand a much better chance
of living longer, healthier lives than their meat-eating
Read about the link between vegetarianism and shrinking waistlines.
“Why should I feel bad about eating meat? I didn’t kill the animal.”
You may not have killed the animal yourself, but you hired the killer. Whenever
you purchase meat, the killing was done for you, and you paid
“If you were starving on a boat out at sea, would you eat an animal?”
I don’t know. Humans will go to extremes to save their own lives, even if it
means hurting someone innocent. (People have even killed and
eaten other people in such situations.) This example,
however, isn’t relevant to our daily choices. For most of us, there is no
emergency and no excuse to kill animals for food.
“Chickens lay eggs naturally, so what's wrong with eating eggs?”
The real cruelty of egg production lies in the treatment of the “laying” hens,
who are perhaps the most abused of all factory-farmed animals.
Each egg from a factory farm represents about 34 hours of
misery and came from a hen who was packed into a cage the size of a
filing-cabinet drawer with as many as five other chickens. At factory farms,
cages are stacked many tiers high, and feces from the top rows fall onto the
chickens below. Hens become lame and develop osteoporosis because they are
forced to remain immobile and because they lose a great deal of calcium when
they repeatedly produce egg shells. Some birds’ feet grow around the wire cage
floors, and they starve to death because they are unable to reach the food
trough. At just 2 years of age, most hens are “spent” and are sent to the
slaughterhouse. Egg hatcheries don’t have any use for male chicks, so they are
suffocated, decapitated, crushed, or ground up alive.
See the conditions on egg “farms.”
"Can fish feel pain?"
Research has shown that fish can feel pain. According to Dr. Donald Bloom,
animal welfare advisor to the British government, “Anatomically,
physiologically, and biologically, the pain system in fish
is virtually the same as in birds and mammals.” Fish have fully developed brains
and nervous systems and very sensitive mouths. Fish use their tongues and mouths
like humans use their hands—to catch or gather food, build nests, and hide their
offspring from danger. Fish also experience fear. An Australian study found that
when fish are chased, confined, or otherwise threatened, they react with
increased heart and breathing rates and a burst of adrenaline, just as humans
Learn more about fish.
If you are not eating meat, you worried protein?????
Buddhist and Chinese Emperors
For over 5,000 year in China, soy has played an important role in food and
medicine. So important that in the 28th century BC, Emperor Shen-Nung declared
it is a sacred plant. In 7th century Japan, Buddhist monks advocated eating
protein-rich soy because they believed a plant-based diet was healthier for the
sprit. The soybean became so popular throughout Japan that it was known as
yama-no-maguro, or “tuna of the mountain.” So, theses days, when you hear
nutritionists recommend the soybean for its health benefits, know that they’re
not the first. For thousands of years, all around the world, soy has an integral
part of cultures and diets.
“Isn't seafood healthy and low in fat?”
Contrary to popular belief, fish is not a health food. Fish flesh contains
toxins from the water that fish live in, and those toxins get passed on
to people who eat fish. Fish raised on farms are given
antibiotics, which are also passed on to consumers. According to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, 325,000 people in the U.S. get sick or die every
year from eating contaminated fish and other sea animals. Even if you could be
sure that the fish you eat were free of chemicals, the flesh of some sea
animals, especially shrimps and scallops, contains even more cholesterol than
Learn more about tasty, healthy alternatives to meat.
If you say animals are
created by God or lord for food. Who created God or Lord? Do we ever think about
If you find out the
creator of God or Lord, It is going to be an endless creator.
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Steadfast Commitment to Ethics PDF
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Benefits of Saving Lives
All beings fear
punishment; all fear death. If you take yourself as the measure, you will
never harm, you will
All beings fear punishment; all love life. If you take yourself as the measure,
you will never
harm, you will never
If in seeking happiness you bring harm to others who also seek to be happy, in
you will never be happy.
If in seeking happiness you never harm others who also seek to be happy, in the
happiness will come to
“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