Animal Slaughter - an essential subject
Living peacefully doesn't only apply from human to human, but applies from humans to every other living entity in this world. Although meat-eaters may sometimes out of guilty conscience deny physically killing an animal, they cannot escape the karma that they acquire by cooking and eating the meat. Animals have a lower consciousness level than us humans, but that does not give us the licence to kill anything that we fancy in order to satisfy our tongues. If we cannot create a living being despite all the advancement of material science, then clearly, we do not have the right to kill a living being according to our whims and fancies. By becoming a well-wisher for all living entities in this world, one is known to possess the most exalted qualification in world; that of becoming a pure devotee of the Lord. Therefore, any form of violence is totally unacceptable and a devotee's first job then becomes to stop this violence, whether it be against animals or against humans.
Srila Prabhupada's books, lectures, conversations and letters offer a comprehensive presentation of this essential subject as seen in the Vaniquotes Animal Slaughter category. An introduction from his books is given below in the following 8 quotes.
Quotes from Srila Prabhupada's books
|The material world is itself a place always full of anxieties, and by encouraging animal slaughter the whole atmosphere becomes polluted more and more by war, pestilence, famine and many other unwanted calamities. (Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.7.37)|
|Slaughtering animals, either for religion or for food, is most abominable and is condemned herein. Unless one is merciless, one cannot sacrifice animals, either in the name of religion or for food. (Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 7.15.10)|
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