“Animals are my friends…and I don’t eat my friends.”
― George Bernard Shaw
I am not sure where we are headed or how is polarisation being created in this country. There are some incidents, which are due to personal animosity between people in a locality, and the entire population with a certain belief gets coloured by it. Even the educated and responsible people in the media and social networks lose their fair judgement, start politicising, and begin the painting of characters of the entire community. It has become a fashion in the country to show ‘secularism’ with not much ‘gyan’, to show ‘intellectualism’ with not enough research, and to show oneself as above the people of their own community to win personal medals in one’s mind. (“I’m different, you see.” “I am an apologetic Hindu, you see.” “Nah! Don’t call me a Hindu, It is an abuse for me now.” “I am more like you than like my own. I am far superior. Please accept me as from your culture. Just don’t call me a Hindu. I will even eat beef and any animal you want me to eat for this.”)
I see a post that compares the beef-eating Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. to vegetarian Hitler. What kind propaganda is this? The same people cry foul and raise voices against ill-treatment to dogs, but saving cows is religious ‘Hitleralism’. What kind of dual standards are these people following? Have they lost their integrity to the hate of one person, party, or people?
If I believe in treating all animals as sacred, and especially love Cows as ‘mata’ or ‘mother’ then I am Hindu radical. If you treat your dog as your family then you are an animal-lover. Paradoxical!
“You can judge a man’s true character by the way he treats his fellow animals.”
― Paul McCartney
“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
I have so many quotes from so many influential people. Most of them are not Indians, and some are very important names in history and literature. Now does that win me the argument against your image? Just think about it. Think before you pick-up cudgels against a thought. Do not do it for the hate of a man or a group. Do it because you have given enough thought to the belief, deliberated, and then reached a conclusion with a clear mind, and with the integrity of a sane, educated person with a conscience.
“People often say that humans have always eaten animals, as if this is a justification for continuing the practice. According to this logic, we should not try to prevent people from murdering other people, since this has also been done since the earliest of times.”
“I can’t count the times that upon telling someone I am vegetarian, he or she responded by pointing out an inconsistency in my lifestyle or trying to find a flaw in an argument I never made. (I have often felt that my vegetarianism matters more to such people than it does to me.)”
“Ethically they had arrived at the conclusion that man’s supremacy over lower animals meant not that the former should prey upon the latter, but that the higher should protect the lower, and that there should be mutual aid between the two as between man and man. They had also brought out the truth that man eats not for enjoyment but to live.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
“Do you eat chicken because you are familiar with the scientific literature on them and have decided that their suffering doesn’t matter, or do you do it because it tastes good?”
“A human body in no way resembles those that were born for ravenousness; it hath no hawk’s bill, no sharp talon, no roughness of teeth, no such strength of stomach or heat of digestion, as can be sufficient to convert or alter such heavy and fleshy fare. But if you will contend that you were born to an inclination to such food as you have now a mind to eat, do you then yourself kill what you would eat. But do it yourself, without the help of a chopping-knife, mallet or axe, as wolves, bears, and lions do, who kill and eat at once. Rend an ox with thy teeth, worry a hog with thy mouth, tear a lamb or a hare in pieces, and fall on and eat it alive as they do. But if thou had rather stay until what thou eat is to become dead, and if thou art loath to force a soul out of its body, why then dost thou against nature eat an animate thing? There is nobody that is willing to eat even a lifeless and a dead thing even as it is; so they boil it, and roast it, and alter it by fire and medicines, as it were, changing and quenching the slaughtered gore with thousands of sweet sauces, that the palate being thereby deceived may admit of such uncouth fare.”