Reasons to eat without the suffering of other beings

 "We should be able to refuse to live if the price of life is the torture of sentient beings. Time will come when men will see the murder of animals as they see the murder of humans now."

Mohandas Gandhi

1. Antibiotics and hormones: the growing demand in the consumption of meat has caused a cruel industry that doesn´t worry about form and care of the animals or humans. Many hormones are supplied to cattle for fattening, especially steroids that increase body mass, creating an imbalance across the hormonal regulation mechanism of those who consume meat.DDT is a carcinogenic pesticide that is still used in most countries in Latin America. The benzopyrene is a dye often found in meat, used to keep the reddish and good aspect . Potassium nitrate and sodium sulfite, used to give color and good appearance, are also carcinogenic. Many antibiotics from the chemical in the food used to feed animals that will be slaugtered  and veterinary medicine are assimilated by the body of those who eat meat, too.

2. Sacrifice of animals: eating  meat, requires the sacrifice of billions of creatures in the animal kingdom, especially poultry, pigs, cattle, goats and fish. According to Dr. Marcio Bontempo, "every Brasilian approximately eats one cow every ten years. Which means that, throughout life, he or she eats about seven cows. As pigs weigh less than cattle, every Brazilian eats, on average, thirteen pigs throughout his or her existence. But the per capita consumption of chicken in Brazil is about twenty-one per year, totaling two hundred and ten every ten years and, throughout their existences (if the hormones allow them to alive ...), Brazilians devours about a thousand five hundred animals. 

 3. Cruelty: animals are created and maintained in extreme and abominable conditions, living in totally unnatural habitat in cages or confined in small spaces, without the natural right to exercise their instincts.They are chemically fattened in constant stress conditions. When they are ready to slaughter,they are transported, sometimes over long distances, to the places where their lives are brutally and cruelly mowen down, spreading through the air great suffering, a lot of adrenaline, the smell of death and violence. According to José Salvador Caballero, physical and president of the Theosophical Society Shop, "with the same coolness, their bodies are shredded, and some parts go to the butcher, while others are transformed into attractive names like hot dog, sausages, ham, tender, gelatin, animal fat, etc. ".

4. Health: meat consumption (beef, pork, poultry, fish, eggs..) generates different diseases that currently affect millions of people worldwide. These are: high blood pressure, gout, rheumatism, arteriosclerosis, arthritis, allergies, skin diseases, various cancers, high cholesterol, constipation, intestinal putrefaction, heartburn, in addition of heart, kidney, bile and stomach problems, chronic diseases, tendency to obesity, cramps, mental sluggishness, lack of energy and the body´s ability to fend itself against infections is decreased.

5. Ecology: The nature´s imbalance unsustainably grows every day. Meat production on a large scale, has become a considerably polluting factor, since animal feces are a hundred and thirty times larger than the human excrement, and methane gas released from animal feces and their flatulence are responsible for the greenhouse effect, in great part.

 In her book "Fundamentos do Vegetarianismo", Marly Winckler says:

· Quantity of cereals and soybeans in kilograms required to produce a kilogram of meat: seven;

· People who would be fed with grain used to produce  225g of meat: forty;

· Edible products that can be produced in an acre of good land in kilograms: beans, 11,200 /apple, 22,400 / carrot, 34,900 / potatoes, 44,800 / tomato, 56,000 / meat, 280;

· Liters of water required in California to produce a kilo of: tomato, 39 / wheat, 42 / milk, 222/ eggs, 932 / chicken, 1,397 / pig, 2794 / cattle, 8939;

· Waste in kilograms, generated in animal livestock, for each kilo of meat: cattle, 7-9/ pigs 3,5.

6. Spirituality: meat is a food that opposes the Dharma (Eternal Law of Life) and it generates suffering, therefore, is not considered the best food to the spiritual life of man. It helps to keep violence in human society, it generates immorality, brutality and disrespect. To follow the spiritual path ,the spiritual seeker, must subtilize their vehicles of consciousness more and more, increasing  the clear vision and awakening unconditional love to all forms of life. Meat consumption dulls human nature, diverting it from its original purpose and divine nature.

From: Vegetarianismo Sustentando a Vida  – Maria Laura Garcia Packer – Ed. Letradágua – ISBN 85-87648-08-X  

( this book is not avaiable in English. )