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  1. 1. Christianity and Vegetarianism: Pursuing the Nonviolence of JesusA Jesuit priest‘s booklet promoting vegetarian diethas been published by PETA It is called Christianity and Vegetarianism:Pursuing the Nonviolence of Jesusand is written by Fr. John Dear, SJTo obtain information receiving copies, write PETA 501Front StNorfolk Va 23510 USA757 622 7382http://www.peta.orgThe 18 page booklet is available on cassette:…=BK_PETA_000002Father Dear is executive director of perhaps the oldestinterfaith organization in the US, the Fellowship of Reconciliation.He lives in NYC. John Dear, SJ, Vatican priest Don Mario Mazzoleni,Father Ron Pickarsky, Father Ron Lengwin, Baptist Vanderbilt professorRichard Alan Young, some of the Christian priests and preachers promotingvegetariandiet.Books on Christian Nonviolent Diet or Thou Shalt Not KillAnimals BooksSome other books on Christian vegetarianism are1 Good News for All Creation: Vegetarianism as Christian Stewardship byStephen Kaufman, Nathan Braun, and Steven Kaufman2 Animal Theologyby Rev. Andrew Linzey,3 God‘s Covenant With Animals byRev.. J R Hyland,4 The Last Religion of Jesus by Keith Akers,5 Of Godand Dogs by Stephen Webb,6 The Kingdom of God Is Within Youby vegetarian Leo Tolstoy,7 Is God A Vegetarian: Christianity, Vegetarianism and Animal Rights byRichard AlanYoung, Baptist vegetarian professor at VanderbiltChicago : Open Court, c1999.8 Was The Master Vegetarianis a booklet published by the Edenite Society of Imlaystown, NJ, US.9. They Shall Not Hurt Nor Destroy by Vasu Murti
  2. 2. http://www.abolition…m/_06murti.html10. . Dominion by Matthew Scully, former Bush speechwriter who leftthe regime for several reasons.11. Animal Gospel, Animal Theology, Christianity And The Rights Of Animalsand Not A Sparrow Fallsare 4books by Andrew Linzey, first professor of animal rightsat Oxford University (which is still crucifying primates andother beings)- Andrew Linzey SCM Press ltd., 26-30 Tottenham Road, London N1 4BZ, UK―Christianity and the Rights of animals‖ – Andrew Linzey SPCK, Holy TrinityChurch, Marylebone Road, London NWI 4DU, UK12―Reason, Religion and the Animals‖ – Rev. Basil Wrighton Catholic StudyCircle for Animal Welfare, 39 Onslow Gardens, South Woodford, London E181ND, UK13―The Slaughter of Terrified Beasts‖ – J.R. Hyland Viatoris ministries,Sarasota, Florida 34277, U.S.A.14―On Behalf of the Creatures‖- J. Todd Ferrier The Order of the Cross, 10 DeVere Gardens, Kensington, London W8 5AE, UK15―These we have not loved‖ – Rev. V.A. Holmes-Gore The Order of the Cross.16―Cast out of the Ark‖ – Rev. James Thompson Christians Against All AnimalAbuse, ‗Peace Haven‘, Fron Park Road, Holywell, Clwyd CH8 7UY, UK17 A Communion of Subjects: Animals in Religion, Science, and Ethics PaulWaldauKimberley Patton (haven‘t read this book.. don‘t know itsstance on vivisection)Adam’s Apple: The Heart of the First Butchered Animal?Father Ron Lengwin, priest with a talk show on the oldest USradio station, KDKA of Pittsburgh, is a vegetarian. He hassaid that perhaps the apple Adam ate was actually the firstheart of a butchered animal. Jesus was a member of the Essenes,vegetarians of Galilee. Though he materialized fish for others Hedid not eat it, say many biblical scholars. Paul also indicates that he took theNazarite vow, a vegetarian one, while John the Baptist ate not locusts butlocust beans. Constantinehelped to quash the early Christian vegetarian practices in 325 AD.While it continued in the monasteries, its last survival
  3. 3. in the church at large was meatless Fridays. Lentils arenamed for the Lent substitution of noncadaver foods.You Can Bring These Links To Life Their Order Is Random1 http://www.egroups.c…es/christianvegover 10,000 posts2 http://www.all-creatures.org4 Hallelujah Acres vegan healing5 http://www.christianveg.com7 lists veganinternational relief organizations8 Keith Akers9 http://www.jesusveg.com10 http://www.francisca… Episc Net For Anim Wlf11 Anglican Society For Animal Welfare12…/feloflife.html Christian .Vegetarianism13 http://all-creation… priest‘s reflections on animals14 former Bush speechwriter who left theregime (animal rights but not necessarilyvegetarian)15…es/friends.html Quakers16 Seventh Day Adventists promote vegan dietand do only vegan international relief17 many links18 http://www.egroups.c…ges/catholicveg20 http://engforum.prav…ead.php?t=96761Christian Quotes on Nonviolence in All Areas of Life21 http://www.egroups.c…es/vegchristian22 The Genesis 1:29 Diet23 by Father Ron Pickarski24….rveg/message/31Cincinnati archbishop speaks against cruelty to animals25 interfaith coalition ofvegetarians26 online Christian vegetarian church of Burlington Vermonthttp://www.all-creat…t-burl-1uu.htmlLinks re vegetarian and vegan diet:
  4. 4. 1000 vegan MD‘shttp://www.notmilk.c… http://www.ivu.orghttp// http://www.wfad.orghttp://www.animalsagenda.orgtp:// http://www.hsus.org The Genesis 1:29 Diethttp://www.acfnewsou….egetarian.html Break Not The Bruised ReedAnimal Rights 2008 National ConferenceGuest speakers include Heather Mills* [ Christian Religion and VegetarianResources]* [ An extensive website about vegetarianismfrom the Christian perspective, run by People for the EthicalTreatment of Animals]* [http://www.christian.../006/ Books and Culture] ―Revenge of the Ebionites‖book review by [[Stephen H. Webb]]* [http://www.animalsuf...m/religion.html Animal Rights and itsrole in religion]* [http://www.vegetaria.../issue10.html#3 Review by Urrutiaof Good News for all Creation: Vegetarianism as ChristianStewardship by Stephen R. Kaufman and Nathan Braun]* [ Christianity andVegetarianism: Some Thoughts, compiled by David Ogilvie]* [http://www.godandani...its/linzey.html Christianityand Animals by Andrew Linzey]* [http://www.satyamag....b96/linzey.html Christianity and Animals:An Interview with Andrew Linzey (1996)]* [http://www.all-creat.../gcm/candv.html Christianity andVegetarianism PowerPoint presentation, by Gods Creatures Ministry]* [ REFERENCES TO NONVIOLENT OR VEGETARIAN DIETGenesis 1: 29 Behold I have given you herbyielding seed.To you it shall be for meat. (The fruitarian Garden of Eden)Methusaleh..the oldest man in the Bible, achieved 969orbits of the sun.
  5. 5. Exodus: 26: 34 Thou Shalt Not Kill (not asterisked withexceptions)Jesus: Ye are whited sepulchres (Greek sarcophagi sarx flesh ..phagi eater)Jesus threw the butchers out of the temple.Daniel was vegetarianin the lions den and therefore wasnot harmed. Daniel was in jail 10 days and hiscondition as a vegetarian was better than those whowere not.Paul: If your flesheating offends your brother, forego it.Jesus: Feed the hungry (450 times as many people per acrecan be fed tree products in comparison to slaughterhouseproducts)Jesus materialized fish for others. He knew that in thatmillenium they were not ready for his Essene diet. EarlyChristians followed His vegetarian ways until Constantine in 325.Genesis l:29 Behold I have given you herbyielding seed. To you it shall be forfood.Matthew 21: 12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all themthat sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of themoney changers, and the seats of them that sold doves―I desire mercy and not sacrifice.‖ (Hosea 6:6)Isaiah: They shall study war no moreIsaiah: He that slayeth an ox is as he that killeth a human. (for 40 or 50quotes from the Bible go to the Spirit file no. 8)Isaiah: I delight not in your blood sacrifice.http://www.jewishveg.comIsaiah 65:3 A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; thatsacrificeth in gardensIsaiah: 65:4 Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments,which eat swines flesh, and broth of abominable [things is in] their vessels;Isaiah 65:21And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plantvineyards, and eat the fruit of them.http://www.egroups.c…ges/fruitarians
  6. 6. Isaiah 65:The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw likethe bullock: and earth shall be the serpent‘s food. They shall not hurt nordestroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD. Ye are whited sepulchres (Jesus‘ word for sepulchreor coffin was translated from Aramaic into Greek as sarcophagi whichmeans literally flesheater (sarx flesh phagi eater)Jesus: Feed the hungry(each acre of ground can yield 450000 lbs of foodfrom centenarian fruit and nut trees, with grape andother vines in between, or 100 to 1000 lbs of fleshfrom murdered animals.Methusaleh: 969 years old..longest lived person in Bible…a vegetarianMicah 4:3- They shall turn their swordsinto plowshares. They shall studywar no more.―The fishers also shall mourn, and all they that cast angle into the brooksshall lament, and they that spread nets upon the waters shall languish. ..And they shall be broken in the purposes thereof, all that make sluices andponds for fish.Isaiah 18: 8, 10.‖The text of Luke 21:34 reads ―Now take care in your souls that you nevermake your hearts heavy by eating flesh and by drinking wine…..….asp?i=943839#ithe Genesis 1 29 Diethttp://engforum.prav…ead.php?t=85277473 books at mention Christian vegetarians.Stephen Kaufman, MD is the author of 1 of themThe Fr Dear pamphlets are available in bulk for church and privatedistribution at PETA.0 Report MultiQuote Reply Edit#2 sb11
  7. 7. Exalted Member Group: Members Posts: 35855 Joined: 04-February 04Posted 28 May 2008 – 07:06 AMCHRISTIANITY AND VEGETARIANISM: PURSUING THE NONVIOLENCE OFJESUSby Fr. John Dear, S.J.(These beautifully printed pamphlets done with purple print and pictures areavailable in bulk from PETA for distribution at churches and elsewhere. 501Front St. Norfolk VA 23510 USA757 622 7382 Please requestthey be printed on recycled paper, if they are not already.http://www.christianveg.comMy name is John Dear and I‘m a Catholic priest, a peace activist, a writer,and a vegetarian. I‘ve traveled the world promoting peace and nonviolenceand served as the executive director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, thelargest and oldest interfaith peace organization in the United States. I‘d liketo reflect with you about Christianity and vegetarianism.When I look at the world today, I see a culture addicted to violence. As Iwrite, there are more than 30 wars being waged. There are more than 1billion people suffering from malnourishment and its effects. There are morethan 2 billion people without access to clean water, barely surviving in direpoverty.According to the United Nations, about 60,000 people, mostly women andchildren, die every single day from starvation and starvation relateddiseases. Right here in the U.S., we see executions, rampant homelessness,and injustices of all kinds, including racism and sexism. And in the U.S.alone, we kill more than 9 billion land animals each year by slitting theirthroats, sometimes while they‘re still conscious. We also kill more than 15billion sea animals, generally by suffocation, bodily decompression, orcrushing, every single year.I agree with Mahtma Gandhi, Dorothy Day of the Catholic Worker movement,and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that the only way out of the culture ofviolence is through the ancient wisdom of nonviolence. I remember what Dr.King said the night before he was assassinated. ―The choice before us is nolonger violence or nonviolence; it‘s violence or nonexistence.‖ That‘s wherewe stand today, on the brink of a new culture of nonviolence or thebrink of nonexistence.
  8. 8. Nonviolence begins with the insights that all life is sacred, that all humanbeings are children of the God of Peace, and that as God‘s children, we areunder certain obligations. Of course, we should never hurt nor kill anotherhuman being, wage war, build nuclear weapons, or sit idly by while millionsof human beings starve to death each year. Nonviolence invites us, also,to reevaluate the way we treat animals in our society. While we resistviolence, injustice and war and while we practice nonviolence, seek peace,and struggle for justice for the poor, we are also invited to break down thespecies barrier, extending our belief in Christian compassion to the animalkingdom by, among other things, adopting a vegetarian diet.As I look at the world and reflect on the urgent question of violence andnonviolence, I turn, as a Christian, to Jesus. Gandhi said that Jesus wasthe greatest practitioner of nonviolence known in history. If we knowanything about Jesus, it is that he rejected and resisted violence andpracticed nonviolence. As the soldiers were taking him away to torture andexecute him, another victim of the death penalty, his last words to hiscommunity of friends were, ―Put away the sword‖. After his execution, Godraised him from the dead, and he returned to his friends with the greetingof peace, inviting them to follow him into God‘s reign of peace and justice.He invites us to follow him as well.Since 1982, I have been attempting to take seriously Jesus‘ call ofnonviolence. I have organized demonstrations, been arrested for acts ofcivil disobedience, and taken every opportunity to speak out, in books andarticles and retreats, from college auditoriums and inner city streets topulpitsacross the country, about Christian nonviolence. I‘ve also traveled into thewar zones of the Middle East, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Haiti,Northern Ireland, and Iraq to learn about and speak out against theinjusticesthat we inflict on so many people.When I began my journey of Christian peacemaking 20 years ago, I readseveral books about Mahatma Gandhi, that great teacher of peace and leaderof revolutionary nonviolence. Gandhi was seeking personal and spiritualwholeness. He had lived and worked for justice in South Africa, strugglednonviolently for India‘s independence, and spent two hours of every day inmeditation and prayer. He vowed to live simply, to speak the truth, and topractice nonviolence. And he refused to eat meat or fish, declaring that‗the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being.‘I was inspired by Gandhi to profess a vow of nonviolence, as he did, so that Icould take this spiritual commitment seriously for the rest of my life. Andin 1982 I became a vegetarian. I feel that Gandhi and his example have
  9. 9. helped me to be a better follower of Jesus, to walk the way of nonviolence,and to move toward greater wholeness as a human being.Vegetarianism As A Way To Help End World Hunger.At about the time I was studying Gandhi, I read a powerful book by FrancesMoore Lappe called Diet For A Small Planet. Lappe argued that wecould help end world hunger by redistributing our wealth and resources tothepoorer people of the world, cutting back on our militarism, and becomingvegetarians. She pointed out that more and more basic grains around theworld, instead of going to local communities of malnourished people, aregrownand given to animals who are used for their milk or eggs and laterslaughteredor who are raised only to be slaughtered for meat. In both instances, theanimal products are consumed by the people of the developed ―First‖ Worldand their few rich emissaries in the developing world, rather than by thestarving masses.Ten years ago, China was a net grain exporter, and it seemed certain that itwould continue to export grain. But instead, as a direct result of increasingconsumption of animal products, primarily pigs, China is now one of theworld‘s top grain importers. The practical effect on people is only beginningto be felt in China. According to groups like the Worldwatch Institute, alldeveloping countries that rely on animal agriculture will experience similarconsequences and the resulting increase in starvation and misery as well.It is profoundly disheartening to remember that during the famine in Ethiopiain the mid-1980′s and during the famine in Somalia in the early 1990′s,thosecountries continued to export grains to Europe to feed its cows, pigs, andchickens so that First World people could eat meat. Likewise, while peoplesuffer and die in Central and South America, the countries there ship theirgrains to the U.S. to feed our cows, pigs, and chickens so that we can satisfyour desire for animal flesh, milk, and eggs.Frances Moore Lappe argues rightly that we should all work to eliminatehunger and protect the environment and that one important step we caneach take is to become a vegetarian. To me, working to abolish hunger, war,and violence is a basic moral and ethical duty for everyone. Furthermore, forme as a Christian, it is a basic religious and spiritual obligation — acommandment, required by God. Frances Moore Lappe helped me to maketheconnection between justice, solidarity, and the life of nonviolence, and I
  10. 10. quickly became a vegetarian. I hope that others will, too, and that we can alltake another step toward a more nonviolent, more just world.The Biblical Vision of Compassion and NonviolenceThere are other good reasons for becoming a vegetarian, and I‘d like toreviewa few of them, including the witness of the scriptures, a basic reverence andcompassion toward God‘s creatures, responsible stewardship of the Earth,and respect for ones own health.In God‘s initial and ideal world, represented in the book of Genesis by theGarden of Eden, there was no suffering, no exploitation, and no violence atall. People and animals were vegetarians, as we read in the first chapter ofGenesis. ―God said, ‗See I have given you every plant yielding seed that isupon the face of all the Earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; youshall have them for food.‘ ‖ (Gen 1:29) Immediately after creating thisbeautiful, nonviolent, non-exploitative world, God describes it as ―very good‖.This is the only time in the narrative that God calls creation ―very good‖instead of merely ―good‖ — and this immediately follows God‘s commandwithregard to vegetarianism.But after the Fall, people waged war, held one another as slaves, ate meat,and committed every atrocity imaginable. After the flood, when the world‘svegetarian was destroyed, we are told, God allowed humans to eat meat.Scholars argue that within the context of the story, this was only atemporary permission, based on human violence and sinfulness. God givesusfree will and allows us the freedom to reject God and God‘s way ofnonviolence, but God tried to help us to become less violent by commandingpeople to observe God‘s laws. In the Mosaic legal system, there are morethan150 laws regarding meat-eating, but the vision of Eden is still the ideal andthe goal. Indeed, Leviticus strictly prohibits the eating of anything with fator blood, and many argue that the law of Moses actually forbids the eating offlesh entirely, because it‘s impossible to get blood totally out of meat.The best example of a vegetarian in the Bible is Daniel, the nonviolentresisterwho refuses to defile himself by eating the king‘s meat. He and three friendsactually become much healthier than everyone else through their vegetariandiet. They also become 10 times smarter, and ―God rewards them withknowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom.‖ Throughout the marvelousstories that follow, we hear of someone who remains faithful to God, refuses
  11. 11. to worship the emperor‘s false gods and unjust ways, and practices asteadfast nonviolence. And this marvelous story begins with divine approvalof vegetarianism.The book of the prophet Isaiah proclaims the vision of the peaceablekingdom,that new realm of God where everyone will beat their swords intoplowshares,refuse to study war, enjoy their own vine and fig tree, and never fear again.Several passages condemn meat-eating and foresee a day when people andanimals will adopt a vegetarian diet, when ―the wolf shall dwell with the lamband the leopard shall lie down with the kid… They do no violence, no harm,on all my holy mountain.‖ (Is 11: 6-9). Of course, God‘s covenant is alwayswith ―all flesh‖, animal and human, and in the conclusion to Isaiah, Godspeaksof those who kill animals in the same way as those who murder people andheralds the dawn of a new day of peace.According to the prophet Hosea, God says, ―I will make a covenant on behalfof Israel with the wild beasts, the birds of the air, and the creatures thatcreep on the earth, and I will break every bow and sword and weapon of warand sweep them off the Earth, so that all living creatures may lie downwithout living in fear.‖All these beautiful visions of the prophets reach their fulfillment, according toChristianity, in the life of Jesus. Jesus is ―the new Adam,‖ who returns us tothe totally nonviolent Garden of Eden. He is ―The Prince of Peace‖ whoushersin God‘s vision of nonviolence, mercy, and justice. Jesus spent his life healingthe broken, liberating the oppressed, calling for justice, practicingnonviolence, and confronting the structures of oppression by turning over thetables of injustice. By the time he was 33, the ruling authorities had hadenough and they executed him.As I consider what it means to be a Christian today, reflecting on the radical,nonviolent life of Jesus, I believe that today Jesus sides with the starving,the homeless, the refugees, and the children of the world, who continue tobe crushed by First World greed and warmaking. If Jesus lived in our cultureof nonviolence, he would do everything he could to confront the structuresof death and call for a new culture of peace and life. He would want us tochange every aspect of our lives, to seek complete physical, spiritual,emotional and ethical wholeness, to become people of nonviolence, childrenof the God of Peace. Anglican priest, theologian, and Oxford professor theRev. Dr. Andrew Linzey suggests that following Christ means casting our lostwith the most oppressed. In his book Animal Theology he says that today, no
  12. 12. beings are more oppressed than the animals who are treated so badly bythe meat industry. I conclude that, as Christians, we must side with the poorand oppressed peoples of the world and with animals.In fact, the Gospels are full of favorable references to animals and revealthatJesus had a great reverence for animals and nature. As Lewis Regensteinpoints out in his book Replenish The Earth: A History of Organized Religions‘Treatment of Animals and Nature, Jesus calls his followers ‗sheep‘. Hecompares his concern for Jerusalem with a hen‘s caring for her brood. Helikens himself to animals, such as a lamb and a dove, because of theirinnocence and meekness. ―Behold the birds of the air‖ Jesus says, ―They donot sow, they do not reap, nor do they gather into barns, yet your heavenlyFather feeds them.‖ (Mt. 6:26). ―Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies?‖Jesus later asks. ―And yet not one of them is forgotten by God.‖ (Lk 12:6)Indeed, in John‘s Gospel, Jesus describes himself as a ―Good Shepherd‖ andnotes that a good shepherd lays down his life for his flock of sheep. Dare weconclude that Jesus supports the ultimate act of compassion and love, to dienonviolently, even to protect animals?Jesus embodied nonviolence and compassion. The rest of us are called tofollow in his gentle footsteps. Yet few have approached him. I think of St.Francis of Assisi, who walked among the poor, preached peace, and inparticular, loved and celebrated all of creation, including animals. ―Not tohurtour humble brethren, the animals‖, he said, ―is our first duty to them, but tostop there is not enough. We have a higher mission: to be of serviceto them whenever they require it. If you have people who will exclude any ofGod‘s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity,‖ he said, ―you willhave people who will deal likewise with other people.‖Rev. Dr. Linzey suggests, like St Francis, that human beings should act notas the master species, but as the servant species. Chrsit came as a humbleservant and called us to love and serve one another and not to harm anyone.Linzey suggests that the Gospel call to service includes selfless service andjustice not only to the poor and oppressed, but to all creation, includinganimals. In this, we become more Christlike.Many early Christians advocated vegetarianism, including Tertullian, thegreatadvocate of nonviolence, St John Chrysostom, the patriarch ofConstantinople, and St. Jerome, a doctor of the church and an earlytranslator of the Bible. The theologian Clement of Alexandria urged Christiansto become vegetarians, saying ―It is far better to be happy than to have yourbodies as graveyards for animals.‖
  13. 13. It is clear that for the first three centuries after Christ, a Christian could notkill or participate in war. Christians were nonviolent. Some scholars arguethat most early Christians were also vegetarians and that meat-eating wasnot officially allowed until the fourth century, when the church embracedConstantine and the Roman Empire. Then, just as Christians rejected Jesus‘nonviolence and devised the heresy of the so-called ―just war theory‖, theydeliberately approved meat-eating.Regardless of this past practice, though, the question we Christians have toask ourselves is how can we become more Christlike and more faithful to thenonviolent Jesus. Where in our lives could we be more merciful, morecompassionate? In our own times, Christians around the world are waking upto the Gospel imperative to pursue peace and justice for all people, to rejectwar, and to practice the active nonviolence of Jesus. They are also rethinkingour mistreatment of animals and the rest of creation. Many arebecoming vegetarians. In 1966, the Vatican newspaper wrote for the firsttime ―To ill-treat animals and make them suffer without reason is an act ofdeplorable cruelty to be condemned from a Christian point of view.‖ Otherbishops began to include cruelty toward animals under the basic sin ofviolence. In December of 2000, the Vatican newspaper pointed out that theCatholic Catechism says it is ―contrary to human dignity to cause animals tosuffer or die needlessly.‖ The article went on to question the way animalsare raised and killed for food today.Theologian Thomas Berry sums up the growing trend among Christians:―Vegetarianism is a way of life that we should all move toward foreconomic survival, physical well-being, and spiritual integrity.‖ In otherwords,one more way that we Christians can welcome Christ‘s reign of nonviolence isby becoming vegetarians.So, when we sit down to eat, when we say our grace and invoke theblessing of Jesus, we should also choose to adhere to his life of compassionand nonviolence by maintaining a vegetarian diet. And we know that as wepractice mercy to one another and to all God‘s creation, we too shall receivemercy and blessings, as Jesus promised in the Beatitudes.Yet the reality today for God‘s creatures is neither compassionate normerciful. Our treatment of God‘s animals is cruel and gruesome. Each year,the United States raises and kills about 9 billion land animals and slaughtersanother 15 billion sea animals. Laying hens, who are raised for their eggs,spend their entire lives crammed into wire-mesh cages not much larger thanfile drawers and stacked in warehouses with tens of thousands of other birds.Conditions are so horrendous that their feet often grow through and aroundthe wires. One-third of the birds suffer broken legs on the packed and painful
  14. 14. ride to the slaughterhouse, which often entails days without food or waterthrough all weather extremes. One egg represents 34 hours of suffering for ahen, not to mention the ride to the slaughterhouse and slaughter itself. Twohundred and fifty million male birds are suffocated or ground to death. Theyare useless for the egg industry and are a different strain of bird from thoseused for meat.Meanwhile, chickens, pigs, turkeys, dairy cows, and beef cows are geneticallybred and fed drugs to make them grow faster, separated from their familiesat birth, and mutilated without any painkillers. Chickens have their beakschopped off with a hot blade. Cows and pigs are castrated. Cows have theirhorns cut off. Pigs have their teeth pulled out with pliers and their tailschopped off. They all suffer the mental and physical anguish of living intiny spaces with no relief, no opportunity to act on any of their naturaldesires and needs, and no hope for escape.They are transported without food or water to a hellish death. Dairy cowsand other animals who can no longer walk are dragged from the trucks,breaking more bones in the process. They are killed by being hung upsidedown and bled to death from a slit throat, often skinned and hacked to bitswhile still conscious. ―If slaughterhouses had glass walls,‖ as Paul McCartneysays, ―everyone would go vegetarian.‖If these farmers, slaughterhouse workers, and truck drivers treated dogs andcats in this manner, they would undoubtedly be prosecuted for animal abuse.It is important to remember also that most animals raised for food are like―Frankenstein‖ animals. They have been genetically bred to grow so quicklythat their hearts, lungs, and limbs cannot keep up. Chickens, for example,nowgrow more than twice as quickly as they did just 30 years ago and areslaughtered before they are even 2 months old. On average, cows give about4 times as much milk as they would naturally, and many give 10 or 13 timesas much milk, their udders literally dragging on the ground. Turkeys havebeen genetically bred so that they can‘t even mate naturally anymore.In fact, a few years ago, the Washington Post published a Thanksgivingstory about turkeys entitled, ―Techno-Turkeys: Serving Up Science Fordinner.‖ We are playing Dr. Frankenstein with God‘s creatures. We arepursuing our demonic addiction to violence with our unimaginable cruelty notonly to one another but to God‘s creatures as well. Gandhi said that you canjudge a society by the way it treats its animals. And yet, every single day,we inflict pain, suffering, and death on millions of God‘s animals.Tolstoy insisted that ―vegetarianism is the taproot of humanitarianism.‖Vegetarianism proves that we‘re serious about our belief in compassion and
  15. 15. justice, that we‘re mindful of our commitment, day in and day out, everytimewe eat. We are reminded of our belief in mercy, and we remind others. Webegin to live the nonviolent vision right here and now.Over the centuries, the human race has grown slowly in its awareness of andrespect for human rights, including the right to life itself. It is now generallyunderstood that oppression and exploitation of human beings because oftheirrace, gender, religion, age, and physical ability are unacceptable. As wecontinue to grow in our moral consciousness, we will learn to abolish war,nuclear weapons, and violence itself. We will also learn to protect the Earthand break down the species barrier while embracing our responsibility towardall creation.Albert Einstein called human bigotry against other species an ―opticalillusion of consciousness‖. Our task, he said, is ―to free ourselves from thisprison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures.‖The great humanitarian and theologian Dr Albert Schweitzer, in his NobelPeace Prize acceptance speech, stated, ―Compassion, in which all ethics musttake root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces allliving creatures and does not limit itself to humankind.‖Many Christians who agree that harming a dog or cat is wrong think nothingof harming cows, pigs, chickens, fish, and other creatures. We need tounderstand that if we‘re eating meat, we are paying people to be cruel toanimals. For the simple reasons that all animals are creatures beloved byGodand that God created them with a capacity for pain and suffering, we shouldadopt a vegetarian diet.Vegetarianism As A Way To Protect The EarthAnother reason for becoming vegetarian is to help protect the environment.Mainstream environmental groups such as the SierraClub, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the World Watch Institute, and theNational Audubon Society are drawing attentionto the environmental havoc generated by raising animals for food andcommercial fishing. In fact, one cannot be a meat-eatingenvironmentalist; it‘s a contradiction in terms.The harsh reality is that raising animals for food is steadily polluting anddepleting our land, water, and air. In the U.S., 20 times as much energy isrequired to produce a calorie of animalflesh as the amount needed to produce a calorie of vegetablefood. We wastefully cycle 70 percent of all that we grow, such as soy, corn,
  16. 16. wheat, and other grains, through animals, rather than eating these foodsdirectly. Likewise, more than half of all the water used in the U.S. is used toraise animals for food, which is why meat-eaters require at least 14 times asmuch water for theirdiets as do vegetarians. Also, the intensive production of animalsfor meat requires about 25 times as much land as the production of the sameamount of food from vegetable sources.And that‘s not all. It‘s not just inefficient to eat animals. The 9 billion landanimals that we raise for food in the U.S. excrete 130 times as much wasteas the entire human population of the United States–130 times! And thereare no waste treatment systems for animals.That stuff is swimming withbacteria, hormones, antibiotics, and insecticides. Quite simply, it‘s toxicwaste, and it is the number one source of water pollution in the U.S.Meanwhile, the fishing industry is steadily ruining the world‘s delicate marineecosystems. The fishing industry drags driftnetsthat are miles long along the bottom of the ocean, destroying everything intheir path. Factory trawlers are vacuuming the oceans of sea life at analarming pace. Thirteen of the 17 major global fisheries are either depletedor in serious decline. The other four are ―overexploited‖ or ―fully exploited‖.These same trawlers dump unprofitable, often dead, animals back into theoceans, along with massive amounts of debris and spent fuel.A former cattle rancher named Howard Lyman, now executivedirector of EarthSave International, urges people to become vegetarians,arguing that among other things, meat-eating is destroying valuable andirreplaceable topsoil. He‘s the person who was sued, along with OprahWinfrey, by Texas cattle ranchers after he discussed the possibility of MadCow Disease in the U.S. — and the jury ruled in his favor. Lyman points outthat our soil used to be teeming with life, but now it is lifeless brown dirt. Infact, 85% of topsoil erosion in this country is a result of raisinganimals for food.So, if you‘re reusing bags, using a shower saver, turning off lights when youleave the room, and trying to walk and bicycle rather than driving, that‘sgreat! But to become even better stewards of the Earth and God‘s creation,we also need to take the next step and become vegetarian.Recently I asked a young Christian friend why he became a vegetarian. Hesaid that the change took place when he learned of the environmentaldestruction caused by the corporate meatindustry. He could not in good conscience and good faith continue eatingmeat knowing that he was supporting the destruction of the planet. It went
  17. 17. against everything he wanted his life to be about. He said ―We are destroyingthe ecosystem by creating massive chicken, cow and hog factories, poisoningthe water, and tearing down the rain forests — all to produce meat. We‘redestroying the entire ecosystems of most poor countries. This wholecorporate meat business is destructive. If millions of us become vegetarian,we will reduce the demand and help save the planet.‖Vegetarianism As A Path To Health And WholenessAnother basic reason to become a vegetarian is to promote goodhealth. God has given us our bodies as gifts, and we need to treat them well,so that we can serve others and be instrumentsof God‘s peace. Up until about 15 years ago, it was assumed bymost physicians that human beings had to eat meat to survive.Nowadays, not only is everyone in agreement that our bodiesthrive on a vegetarian diet, medical groups like the AmericanDietetic Association (ADA) and the American Medical Association(AMA) have also concluded that vegetarians are actually healthier.Vegetarians tend to weigh less and suffer at a fraction of the rateof meat-eaters from heart disease, cancer, and stroke–America‘s threebiggest killers. Meat is entirely devoid of carbohydrates andfiber, the nutrients that we need to keep our bodies in good working order.But meat does have heavy doses of artery-cloggingsaturated fat and cholesterol.In particular, the only two researchers who have ever been documented tohave successfully reversed heart disease, by farAmerica‘s biggest killer, include an exclusively vegetarian diet aspart of their health programs. On the Dr. Dean Ornish and Dr. CaldwellEsselstyn programs, patients become ―Heart attack proof‖to quote Dr Esselstyn, by getting their cholesterol levels lower than 150, thelevel below which no one has ever been documentedas having had a heart attack. The average vegan cholesterol level is 128. It‘salso worth noting that vegetarians, on average, weigh 10 to 30% less thanmeat-eaters, and people on Dr. Ornish‘s program lose an average of 20pounds in the first year,and they keep it off.People who consume animal products are 40 percent moresusceptible to cancer and are more likely to suffer from stroke.,appendicitis, arthritis, diabetes, and food poisoning. Additionally,meat contains insecticides and other chemicals up to 14 times moreconcentrated than those in plant foods. If we want to live ahealthy, wholesome, full life, we are wise to become vegetarians.
  18. 18. The Rev. George Malkmus, a Baptist preacher in North Carolina,argues that Christians should set an example of good health. Whatdoes it say about our faith when we Christians are dropping overdead from diet-related, preventable diseases at the same rat aseveryone else in this country, he wonders. He thinks thatvegetarianism, because it makes us healthier, makes a goodevangelical tool, and I agree. God wants us to be healthy, to life life to itsfullest. Likewise, Rev, Robert Schuller, pastor of the Crystal Cathedral andstar of the Hour of Power, recommends what he calls the ―Garden of Edendiet‖. It‘s the diet that God called us to in the Garden, he says, the dietintended for us, to help us lead long and productive lives. He cites vegetarianfitnesssuperstar Jack LaLanne as one example of what a diet based ongrains, beans, fruits, and vegetables can do for our vitality.Vegetarianism As A Way To Support Human RightsAnother reason for becoming vegetarian is simply to support basichuman rights. A vegetarian diet is the only diet for people who care aboutthe suffering of other people. Domestically, slaughter-houses are dens of death not just for animals, but for the unfortunate peoplewho work in them. Slaughterhouses have thehighest rate of injury, the highest turnover rate, the highest repeat-injuryrate, and the highest rate of accidental death of any industry in the country.In fact, slaughterhouse workers have nine times the injury rate of coal minesin Appalachia.A few years ago, the Center For Public Integrity, a congressional watchdoggroup, released a report called ―Safety Last: The Politics of E Coli and OtherFood Borne Killers.‖ This report points out that slaughterhouses arecontinually searching for replacement workers and have to bus people upfrom Mexico and Central America to slaughterhouses in Iowa, Minnesota, andelsewhere. ―Just as easily as the meat-packing companies court andtransport immigrant labor to their Midwestern plants, ‖ the report says, ―theybetray them, turning them and their families over to the immigrationauthorities. And in the ultimate act of cruelty and corruption, the companiesthen seek out the lucky ones that escaped the immigration raids to hire themback to stand on the killing floor.‖ The same point was made in a morerecent book called Fast Food Nation by investigative journalist Eric Schlosser.Should Christians support this unjust treatment of workers? Of course not.Jesus put it simply: ―Whatever you do to the least ofthese, you do to me.‖ He insists that we side with the poor and oppressed–and that includes the undocumented, the immigrant,
  19. 19. the refugee, and the factory worker — in their struggle for justice.We can and should withdraw our financial support for this violent and unjustindustry by becoming vegetarians.ConclusionAs we look back on very recent history, we see an astonishingarray of positive social change. Many good and thoughtful people of the 19thCentury did not recognize the basic human rights of women, children, NativeAmericans, or African-Americans. Human slavery flourished until the end ofthe 1800′s in the United States. Women were given the right to vote lessthan 100 years ago. The very first child abuse case was prosecuted in thiscountry, also, less than 100 years ago. In each case, the Bible was used tobless and defend injustice. But, thank God, we have taken steps towardjustice. Yet, unfortunately, we continue to use the scriptures to defendviolence and justify war, executions, animalabuse, and nuclear weapons as if God wanted us to be violent andkill. I am convinced that God is a God of peace and nonviolence and thatJesus wants us to be people of peace and nonviolence.We have come a long way in the last century, but we still have along way to go. We need to abolish hunger, poverty, war, nuclearweapons, animal abuse, the death penalty, racism, sexism andevery other form of violence. I think that centuries from nowpeople of faith and conscience will look back at our times in shock andamazement that we ate meat, permitted people to starve, treated oneanother so unjustly, waged war, built huge nucleararsenals, and remained hell-bent on destroying the planet.If we are to survive, as Dr. King said, we need to become peopleof nonviolence. One simple first step is to adopt a vegetariandiet.―Nothing will benefit human health and increase {our} chances forsurvival,‖ Albert Einstein concluded, ―as much as the evolution to avegetarian diet.‖Despite all the problems of our times, I remain hopeful. More and morepeople are seeing the wisdom of nonviolence, including thewisdom of vegetarianism. In the U.S. alone, more than 1 millionpeople adopt a vegetarian diet every year. As these trends gainmomentum, they will have dramatic and positive consequencesfor our health, our environment, animal welfare, human rights, and,indeed, our disposition toward compassion and nonviolence.―The time will come,‖ Leonardo da Vinci said, ―when {people] ..will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder ofmen and women.‖ I am convinced that society will look
  20. 20. back on human arrogance and cruelty toward other animals with the samehorror and disbelief that we presently reserve for atrocities committedagainst human beings. And as we stop eating meat and become vegetarians,we take another step into God‘s way of nonviolence. We will be blessed.Let me conclude wit a quote from author Lewis Regenstein: ―There arecompelling moral, spiritual and scriptural reasons to abstain from meat. Theraising transporting andslaughtering of food animals entails enormous mistreatment and suffering toliterally billions of creatures each year, in addition to the massive damage tothe environment. Indeed, raising livestock is more destructive in depletingtopsoil, groundwater and energy resources than all other human activitiescombined, as well as causing enormous environmental damage such asclearing of forests, destruction of wildlife habitat, and pollution of rivers andlakes. And the consumption of meat and dairy products… is linked to highrates of cancer, heart disease, strokes, and other potentially fatal healthdisorders. Therefore refraining from eating meat helps prevent cruelty toanimals and promotes protection of the environment and the health of onesbody, the ―Temple of the Lord‖. For all these reasons, a vegetarian diet isone good way of maintaining a lifestyle consistent with the humane andecological spirit of the Scriptures.‖A Few Last QuestionsHaving said all that, I‘m sure there are a few questions hanging in the airsuch as, ―But, John, didn‘t Jesus eat meat?‖ Some biblicalscholars conclude that Jesus didn‘t eat meat. All agree that Jesus wants us topractice perfect compassion throughout our lives. As we‘ve seen, the worldwe live in today is a world of poverty,starvation, violence, and environmental destruction, and eating meat onlyentrenches these problems.So the real question is, what would the nonviolent Jesus want us to do today,in such a world of rampant violence? I believe that hewould want us to do everything we can to help end violence andturn this into a world of nonviolence and compassion. This wouldinclude becoming a vegetarian.Others ask, ―But doesn‘t God condone animal sacrifice?‖ The Hebrewscriptures are filled with stipulations about when and how to slaughteranimals, but I do not think that this justifies eating animals. The Mosaic lawwas trying to reduce violence. The Bible isfilled with laws permitting war, polygamy, slaveholding and other forms ofviolence, but these laws mitigated evil practices thatwere already occurring. Laws about them were, at the time, intended to limit
  21. 21. human sinfulness, to reduce our violence, and tohasten the advent of a new world without violence. When Jesusentered the picture, he insisted on radical nonviolence and compassion. Helet us know that he prefers the sacrifice of our own hearts and lives for thesake of justice and peace. He is far more radical than any of us can imagine.As Gandhi said, Jesus practices the revolution of nonviolence par excellence.He reveals that God is a God of nonviolence and wantsus to enter that life of nonviolence. The Christian Gospels quote theprophets, call for peace, and uphold God‘s original vision of theGarden of Eden. They insist that Jesus called us to live here and now in thereign of God, a reign of peace and nonviolence that includes compassiontoward one another, all creatures, and theEarth itself. The point, Jesus said, was not sacrifice, but compassion, notviolence, but nonviolence.In a world of massive violence and suffering, why not take whatever stepswe can to become more compassionate, more nonviolent, more faithful tothe peacemaking Christ? Why not become a vegetarian, for the love of Godand all God‘s creatures?Your health will benefit. The environment will be better off.Animals will suffer less. And your spirituality will deepen and mature. Theonly reasons to keep eating meat are selfishness and gluttony, which are notexactly Christian ideals. We can all dobetter than that.The time has come to take another step with Jesus on the roadof nonviolence. The time has come to be a vegetarian.Thank you for your attention and for reflecting with me on thesequestions. May the God of Peace bless us all and help us to become, likeJesus, people of compassion and nonviolence.John Dean, SJ taught theology at Fordham University. He isthe author of more than a dozen books on Christian discipleship.He resides in NYC. To join the Christian Vegetarian Assoc. pleasevisit For information on vegetarianismingeneral http://www.meatout.orghttp://www.ivu.org For free vegetarian starterkits call 1 888 VEG FOOD(These beautifully printed pamphlets done with purple print and pictures areavailable in bulk from PETA for distribution at churches and elsewhere. 501Front St. Norfolk VA 23510 USA 757 622 7382 Pleaserequest they be printed on recycled paper, if they are notalready. Father Ron Lengwin, Catholic priest
  22. 22. on KDKA Radio: Perhaps Adam‘s apple was the heart of the first murderedanimal. Father Mario Mazzoleni, a priest with Vatican Radio, wrote of hisvegetarian diet.)CATHOLIC VEGETARIANSabbajesus@yahoo.comWhat you have done to these the least of My brethren you have done untoMe.Catholic Vegetarian SaintsSt Francis of Assisi, St Clare, stigmatist St Therese Neumann, St. Martin dePorres, St John Chrysostom, St Anthony of Padua who preached to fisheswhen humans would not listen.. St Nicholas of Tolentino* believed they werefollowing the example of Jesus in not eating His animals. Trappists,Cistercians, Benedictines, Franciscans all have had a tradition of vegetariandiet, to which many still adhere. The pretzel was says George Cornell formerAP religion writer a Lenten bread, symbolizing arms folded in prayer.. Lentilswere named as such because they were a Lenten vegetarian alternative toanimal flesh. Meatless Fridays were the last vestige of early Christianabstinence from meat in followingChrist‘s example. A papal bull once excommunicated anyone who attended abullfight because the barbaric cruelty in them. This was later amended toexcommunicate only priests who blessed bullfighting.BIBLICAL ORIGINSGenesis 1: 29, Isaiah 65, Daniel 1 Exodus 26: 34 are some of the thousandsof quotes in the Bible on vegetarian diet. The command to feed the hungry,given by Jesus in His Sermon on the Mount, implies vegetarianism since theflesh of animals yields 100 to 1000 lbs an acre, dairy products around 10,000lbs. an acre, some vegetables, 81,000 lbs. an acre, and fruits fromcentenarian fruit trees 450,000 or more lbs. an acre. Therefore Genesis fruittrees yield 450 times what slaughterhouses yield. Daniel O‘Steen, of NationalRight To Life, felt he must be consistent in his prolife stance and so manyyears ago became a vegetarian. Clare Barrett,early editor with Paul Obis of Vegetarian Times, mother of 6 boys, created asuccessful media campaign when Mike Royko refused to allow her vegetariangluten ribs in his cooking contest. Fr. Ron Lengwin of KDKA Radio inPittsburgh believes that the apple Adam ate was the first heart of abutchered animal. Rep Dennis Kucinich (Democrat Cleveland) is a vegan whohas worked for the rights of blue collar laborers, for theenvironment, and for peace. Vegetarian monasteries in Massachusetts, NewYork, Kentucky, Ohio serve only meatless meals.. Ron Pickarsky, formerCatholic brother, now married,has worked with commercial establishments helping them to
  23. 23. transition exec of an Ohio corporation, rings a bell for the Knights of Columbus inpublic places, and has in the past inquired where he could get vegan nofeather sleeping bags to be consistent in his vegetarian diet. D. Marshall,New York homeless shelter worker, is a vegetarian who does not proselytizethe poor who come in to his welcoming inn. Catholic colleges such asGeorgetown have responded to the growing number of their vegan studentsby providing options. Thomas Merton, author of Seven Story Mountain andTrappist monk, was a vegetarian, and activist for interfaith cooperation. Forthis he may have been murdered. EL, New York environmentalist, poet, andmystic, originally became vegetarian for economic reasons, while one of histeachers, Fr. Daniel Berrigan, eats no meat. CW, Catholic nurse, was nursingher child one day when a mosquito landed on her arm. She decided to nursehim too. One Catholic seminarian experimented with pot once..and hisperceptions slowed down. The chicken leg he was gnawing on became theleg of a chicken. That day he stopped eating meat and stopped smoking pot.A Catholic secretary for Cleveland Amory‘s Fund For Animals became vegan.K Fromer Blanc, Brooklyn nun, is a vegetarian as are millions of otherCatholics. Father Mario Mazzoleni, now deceased, wrote on his decision tobecome vegetarian. His book is translatedby a Notre Dame professor.The temptation to eat meat is chemical in nature,as the uric acid in meat is more addictive than caffein since it is trioxypurineor 3 oxypurines while caffein is dioxypurine or 2. Exodus 26: 34 is acommand not to kill. Governor Jesse Ventura in reference to the deathpenalty (for animals too) has said that that command is not asterisked withexceptions. St Thomas in the Thomasine Gospelhas many references to the fruiteating of Christ. Thomas, the skepticalapostle, went to Madras India where even today are millions of Catholicdescendants of his preaching.Cesar Chavez, the saintly activist for the rights of farm workers, continuedthe tradition of nonviolence in his labor organizing as well as his diet. He andGandhi looked to Leo Tolstoy, Russian Catholic, who wrote The Kingdom ofGod is Within You.Albert of Michigan, a Catholic paraplegic, has spent much time researchingCatholic vegetarianism in history. He says that the word ‗opsarian‘ means‗pickled fish‘ and is the Greek word for the fish Jesus created, meaning thatJesus did not materialize freshly suffocated fish but materialized processedfish. http://www.nofishing.netFrancisco Martin, Madrid Spain secretary of the IVU http://www.ivu.orgis aCatholic vegan activist. Colman McCarthy, former Trappist and syndicatedcolumnist, lectures around the world on peace studies and has long been
  24. 24. mostly fruitarian. Bruce Friedrich, Catholic of PETA, ran their Jesus WasVegetarian campaign.( St Blaize‘s throat protection is not necessary ifone stopseating innocent fishes, suffocated and smothered, with their eyes and throatsripped out by vicious hooks. The countries with themostfish consumption have the most stomach cancer. Many members of theCatholic Worker community as their founder Dorothy Day follow vegetariandietin Matthew 25 and many other homes. http://www.catholicworker.org Dr. Virginia Bourquardez, who oncehitchhiked for the first time at the age of 77 when her ride dematerialized,worked her entire life for animals, and became a vegetarian in her 70′s.Malcolm Muggeridge the British intellectual abstained from meat in lateryears..Helen Jones of the National Catholic Soc. For Animal Welfare worked with hersister Ruth out of their Clark Summit Pennsylvania home. Leonardo Da Vinci,a Catholic, was also a fruitarian. Danny DeVito protects insect life as wellas mammals.Many Catholics are praying that the Holy Father who takes such a strongstandin preventing the violence of war and execution, will withdraw hisendorsement of the cruelty of lab research. Many Catholic churches haveblessing of the animals ceremonies.Abba in the name of Jesus thank You that You are now ending all violence topeople, animals, and all beings on Your planet now and forever.GREATER THINGS SHALL YOU DO THAN I HAVE DONESAID JESUS CHRIST TO HIS FOLLOWERS:Perhaps one thing He meant was that we have the opportunity toreach many people with His message of nonviolence to all creatures.#3 sb11 Exalted Member Group: Members Posts: 35855 Joined: 04-February 04Posted 28 May 2008 – 07:13 AM
  25. 25. Vatican Priest On His Decision to Become Vegetarian(the addictive chemicals in meat are stronger than caffein)(after 3 years as astrict vegetarian, Father (Don) Mario Mazzoleni speaks of a desire formeat.*)I would be a hypocrite if I led the reader to believe that I was strong enoughto be perfectly faithful to my Lenten resolution. ..Ihadn‘t yet completely resolved my desire for meat – and so the represseddesirewas floating to the surface. It is a fact that the minute I would sit down tomeditate, the most succulent meals would pass in front of my mind, full offragrant roasted chickens and various sausages. What to do? If I was goingto ruin all my meditations for aroast chicken, it would be better to eliminate the problem by facing it headon. And so after 3 years of strict vegetarianism, I decided to get rid of thedesire once and for all by satiating myself with a meat dinner. After all, I toldmyself to quiet my sense of guilt, ―It isn‘t a crime to eat meat, and I can‘tsay that because I‘m vegetarian I‘m better than many people who arecarnivorous.‖ It was almost a traumatic experience. I remembered ananalogous experience of Gandhi‘s that he recounted in his autobiography.Convinced by a friend that India could be liberated only by the gritof someone who ate meat, he hid himself on a river bank to consume somebarbecued baby goat meat, and the next night he could feel bleating in hischest. Instead of enjoying the coveted snack in peace, the minute this littlefaithbreaker set his teeth into the cruel repast* (* a reference to Dante‘sInferno.. in whichmeat is described as a cruel repast in XXXIII.1) he was himself bitten byremorse and anxiety. I kept seeing the animal alive in front of me, and thisinhibited the desire that was so enticing when it was simply mental. Iimmediately noticed some other effects, physical as well as psychic. Myintestines held that food much longer than they kept vegetables,and mysense of smell, made sensitive by several years of vegetarianism,was able to detect the odor of the cooked animal on my skin. It was adisagreeable sensation. As for my psyche, I noticed that my mind, whichduring my 3 year ―Lent‖ was no longer seriously agitated by unwantedthoughts, suffered a set back from that carne-vale (meat festival); pollutingthroughts started to enter again in triumph. Itwas a lesson. As always it is experience more than words that has thegreater power of persuasion. The decision to adopt a vegetarian dietwas motivated also by a religious actor. I knew that I was going to a sacredplace.
  26. 26. * such desires for meat are related to the stronger thancaffein substance, uric acid, in animal flesh. Caffeinis dioxypurine while uric acid is trioxypurine, 3 oxypurines.Father Mazzoleni left for God a few years ago* the article is an excerpt from his book********************The early Christians until the time of Constantine severalhundred years after Jesus‘ death were vegetarian. Meatless Fridaysare the last vestige of this in some churches. Trappist monks,Wesleyites, Adventists, followers of the diet of the SalvationArmy founders… continue the vegetarian tradition.While Jesus guided the apostles as to where to fishon at least one occasion, there is dispute among scholarsas to whether or not Jesus ate fish. The word ‗opsarion‘, Greek,means pickled fish. It is likely that the fish Jesus multipliedwas materialized‖0 Report MultiQuote Reply Edit Delete#4 sb11 Exalted Member Group: Members Posts: 35855 Joined: 04-February 04Posted 28 May 2008 – 07:15 AMInterfaith Vegetarian Links.. Please add to itHINDUhttp://www.hindu.orghttp://www.sathyasai.orghttp://gita.wikidot.comHindus have the highest percentage of vegetarians..of any group.. buteven that is not currently 50%. If 450 million Hindus
  27. 27. are vegetarian, 700 million eat no cow flesh. There are too many linksto list.CHRISTIAN* []]vegetarian John Wesley and Methodist Veg.* [ Christian Religion and VegetarianResources]* [http://www.compassio..._vegetarian.htm WasJesus a vegetarian?] – article by [[Keith Akers]]*[http://www.thenazare...lesh_Eating.htmBiblical Opposition to Flesh Eating]* [http://www.christian.../006/ Books and Culture] ―Revenge of the Ebionites‖book review by [[Stephen H. Webb]]* [http://www.animalsuf...m/religion.html Animal Rights and itsrole in religion]* [http://www.vegetaria.../issue10.html#3 Review by Urrutiaof Good News for all Creation: Vegetarianism as ChristianStewardship by Stephen R. Kaufman and Nathan Braun]* [ Christianity andVegetarianism: Some Thoughts, compiled by David Ogilvie]* [http://www.godandani...its/linzey.html Christianityand Animals by Andrew Linzey]* [http://www.satyamag....b96/linzey.html Christianity and Animals:An Interview with Andrew Linzey (1996)]* [http://www.all-creat.../gcm/candv.html Christianity andVegetarianism PowerPoint presentation, by Gods Creatures Ministry]* [ andVegetarianism - Pursuing the non-violence of Jesus, Fr. John Dear S.J]*MUSLIMQuran: There is no beast on earth nor bird which flieth..but the same is apeople like unto you. All God‟s creatures are God‟s family.“The Holy Prophet Muhammad (S) was asked by his copmpanions if kindnessto animals was rewarded in the life hereafter. He replied: „Yes, there is ameritorious reward for kindness to every living creature‟.” (Bukhari)from www.ivu.org Bawa Muhaiyaddeen…-96/muslim.html
  28. 28.…ml/28/1203.html Muslimvegetarians….l%20Cruelty.pdfAustralian Federation of Islamic Councils condemns animal cruelty….up/veganturkey/…lim-vegetarians…-96/muslim.htmlhttp://www.islamveg.comhttp://www.postpoems…ers/animalpoems(lists ―Killing the Lamb‖ by Persian F M Esfandiary)http://www.crescentl…ian_muslims.htm….im-Vegetarians/http://www.allaahuak…n/religious.htmhttp://www.islamicconcern.com…vegetarian.htmlhttp://www.veda.hare…ga/islamveg.htm…am_recipes.htmlhttp://www.islamicco….com/fatwas.asp…r=wm&speed=_med The Druze are Muslimvegetarians of Lebanon. One wellknown vegan Druze is CaseyKasem. The Saint of Shirdi who left hisbody in 1918 is revered by Muslims and nonMuslims is an online bookabout the Saint of Shirdihttp://www.saibaba.w…cmyths/sbqm.htm…l_and_islam.htm…sm/sbsufism.htm———JEWISH…ood/JewVeg.html many linksThere are many moreThere are many moreA Sliver of Many Books
  29. 29. ―Replenish the Earth‖ – Lewis G. Regenstein SCM Press ltd.―Food for the Spirit – Vegetarianism and the World Religions‖ Steven RosenBala Books Inc., 74 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, N.Y. 11568, U.S.A.BUDDHIST Buddha was a vegetaran.http://www.plumvillage.orgThere are many moreJesus materialized fish for others. He knew that in thatmillenium they were not ready for his Essene diet. EarlyChristians followed His vegetarian ways until Constantine in 325. many links**************0 Report MultiQuote Reply Edit Delete#5 sb11 Exalted Member Group: Members Posts: 35855 Joined: 04-February 04Posted 28 May 2008 – 07:32 AMChristian Vegetarianismhttp://www.azvegan.comThe following is taken from an interview with Bruce Friedrich, PETA‘s VeganOutreach Director.Bruce Friedrich is a Catholic from the Midwest who was recently rated No. 5on Details magazine‘s 2003 list of ―The 50 Most Influential People Under 38″— ahead of Tiger Woods, Leonardo di Caprio and Justin Timberlake. Whathas Friedrich done to deserve his high standing? Surprise answer: He‘s ananimal rights activist on the governing board of the Catholic VegetarianSociety and the advisory board of the Christian Vegetarian Society. He is also
  30. 30. a founding member of the Society of Religious and Ethical Vegetarians, andhe‘s director of vegan campaigns for People for the Ethical Treatment ofAnimals (PETA). I interviewed him via telephone as he was flying from PETAheadquarters in Virginia to an assignment in India.Hi, Bruce. Your opinion is that Catholics — and all other Christians — shouldbe vegetarians?Jesus‘ message is about love and compassion, but there is nothing loving orcompassionate at factory farms and slaughterhouses, where billions ofanimals endure miserable lives and die violent deaths. Jesus mandateskindness and mercy for all God‘s creatures. He‘d be appalled by the sufferingthat we inflict on animals today to indulge our acquired taste for their flesh.Catholics, and all Christians, have a choice. When we sit down to eat, we canadd to the violence, misery and death in the world, or we can respect God‘screatures with a vegetarian diet. I believe we‘re obligated to make choicesthat are as merciful as possible, and we can all do that at the dinner tablewith a vegetarian diet. There won‘t be any factory farms and slaughterhousesin heaven.So, you think the God of Christians never wanted people to eat meat?The Garden of Eden, God‘s perfect world, was vegetarian (Gen. 1:29-30),and God called this nonexploitative relationship ―good‖ (Gen. 1:31). AfterEden there were many, many years of fallen humanity, when people heldslaves, waged war, ate animals and committed various other violent acts.But the Old Testament prophets tell us that the final, peaceful Kingdom ofGod will be nonviolent and vegetarian; even ―the lion will lie down with thelamb,‖ according to the prophet Isaiah. That is, even the carnivorous animalswill go back to the vegetarian state. I find it empowering that we can beginto live that vision now.That‘s all very Old Testament. Is there any more recent church doctrine thatsupports vegetarianism? Do you think eating meat is a sin?The catechism says explicitly what we all know to be true in our hearts:Causing animals to suffer needlessly is a sin. Since no one has to eat meat,and in fact we‘d all be better off without it, then it is a sin to eat meat. Thechurch has a way to go before it recognizes this fact explicitly, but there it is,an official part of church doctrine.The church will have to support a vegan diet eventually, but it may not moveto that position quickly. We in the Christian and Catholic VegetarianAssociations are pushing, though! There was a marvelous piece in theVatican‘s paper a few years ago, a strong condemnation of factory farming.
  31. 31. It pointed out that God designed animals to raise their families, to breathefresh air, to feel the sun on their backs. Modern farms don‘t allow animals todo any of these things — they‘re playing God, basically, acting like they knowbetter than God. And the mutilations and drugs — the processes — are socruel, merciless and ungodly that I‘m convinced that all faiths will come todenounce eating meat as surely as they came to denounce slavery; it‘s just amatter of time.What about hunting? Working in a slaughterhouse? Should those activities beconsidered sinful?I believe we‘re all challenged to live as mercifully and compassionately aspossible. If you choose to support cruelty and violence when you couldsupport kindness and compassion, that‘s something you should change.Hunters should hunt with a camera.Have you ever thought about becoming a Buddhist or a Hindu? They seemmore concerned with animal rights.My faith is not a function of my mercy and compassion for animals. Thereverse is true: My concern for compassion is a product of my faith. Thatsaid, I agree with Gandhi — and the pope — that what‘s important is notyour professed faith but how you live your life.Tell me how you got involved in the animal rights movement.I became a vegan in college after reading Francis Moore Lappé‘s ―Diet for aSmall Planet,‖ because it helped me realize how a meat-based dietcontributes to environmental devastation and global poverty, as well asanimal suffering.After college, I spent six years working in a homeless shelter and soupkitchen in Washington, D.C. While I was there, a friend of mine sent me abook written by Dr. Andrew Linzey, a theologian at Oxford University, whoargues that animals were designed with certain needs, desires and species-specific behaviors and that animals have the same capacity for pain andsuffering as human beings. Any introductory physiology course will teach youthat birds, mammals and fish have basically the same capacity to suffer ashuman beings.Linzey‘s perspective is that denying animals the life they were designed tohave and inflicting pain on them for our convenience is categoricallyunethical. Linzey believes that causing pain to an animal is the moralequivalent of causing pain to a human being. The logic of Linzey‘s argumentspoke to me on a deep level. And, of course, if animals have the same rightto be free of pain as humans do, then we certainly can‘t eat them, orexperiment on them, or rip their skins off to wear them as clothes, or beat
  32. 32. them into doing senseless acts in circuses and rodeos. It was really Linzey‘sargument that caused me to become a animal rights activist and work forPETA.Animal pain is as important as human pain? God‘s design for animals is asimportant — as valuable — as God‘s design for humans?God created every animal with needs, wants and a design for its life. Goddesigned pigs to root around in the soil and play with each other. Goddesigned chickens to make nests, lay eggs and raise their children. Jesuscompared his love for humanity to a hen‘s love — not instinct, love — for herbrood. God designed all animals with a desire for sunlight, fresh air, freshwater and so on, and he designed all animals to grow at a certain rate thatwon‘t tax their limbs and organs.But all of these things are denied to animals who are turned into food by themeat industries. Scientists are playing God by manipulating animals to growso quickly that their hearts, lungs and limbs can‘t keep up. The upper bodiesof chickens grow six to seven times faster than they did 50 years ago, andturkeys can‘t even mate naturally anymore. Everything natural is denied asthey‘re packed into excrement-laden sheds. Basically, God‘s will is deniedcompletely by the industries that have decided that they know better thanGod how God‘s creatures should be treated.On today‘s factory farms, animals are dehorned, debeaked and castratedwithout anesthesia; they‘re crowded together into tiny spaces and they‘regenetically bred so that many suffer lameness, crippling leg deformities andbone breaks because their legs can‘t keep up with their scientificallyenhanced bodies; and, finally, they‘re trucked without food or water to ahellish death at a slaughterhouse.Does it seem odd to you that many devoted pet owners continue to eat themeat of creatures that are as smart as their dogs and cats?Everyone agrees that dogs and cats should be protected legally from theworst abuses, but other animals that are raised for food have no legalprotection at all from mutilations without pain relief, drugging and breedingthat crippled them and so on. The disconnect must be pointed out: Ifcastrating a dog without painkillers is not OK, if drugging a cat so that shegrows up so fast she can‘t walk is not OK, if chopping off the toes of a dog orcat is not OK, if slitting a dog or cat‘s throat open and hacking off their limbs
  33. 33. while they‘re still conscious is not OK, then it is equally repugnant to dothese things to any animal.When Cameron Diaz found out that pigs do as well on cognition tests as 3-year-old human kids, she gave up eating pork. In fact, pigs play video gamesmore effectively than some primates, and they interact with one another inways that have previously been observed only in primates. Chickens alsolearn from one another, and they form complex social groups and they areinteresting individuals, just like any cat or dog we might know.You also think eating meat is unhealthy?Last year, there were 50 million incidences of meat making people sick in theUSA, 50 million cases of meat-based pathogens, salmonella and E. coli andcampylobacter [a bacteria that causes food poisoning]. And, now, of course,there‘s also mad cow disease.Other than Francis Moore Lappé and Dr. Albert Linzey, are there any otherwriters that have had a profound influence on you?Alice Walker wrote the introduction to a book entitled ―The DreadedComparison,‖ by Marjorie Spiegel. In this book, Spiegel compares thetreatment of animals today to that of human slaves in the 16th through 19thcenturies. Alice Walker agrees, saying, ―The animals of the world … were notmade for humans any more than black people were made for whites orwomen were created for men.‖ That‘s quite a statement, and it‘s true; theanimal rights movement is a movement for justice, just like abolition,suffrage, civil rights and women‘s rights.Dr. Albert Schweitzer stated that ―compassion…can only attain its full breadthand depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself tomankind.‖ Nobel laureate Dr. Isaac Bashevis Singer called species bias the―purest form of racism‖ and animal rights the purest form of justiceadvocacy, because animals are the most vulnerable of all the downtrodden.The animal rights perspective has been historically embraced by a widerange of brilliant thinkers and humanitarians, like Pythagoras, Leonardo daVinci, Albert Einstein, Harriet Beecher Stowe, C.S. Lewis, Susan B. Anthony,Leo Tolstoy, Dick Gregory and Mahatma Gandhi.Kosher Meat Info- Did you know? Kosher meat comes from the same abusivefactory farms as other meats. There are no standards to ensure that kosherslaughter is any less cruel than conventional slaughter. In some instances,it‘s been shown to be much worse. Click the link for more information.0 Report
  34. 34. MultiQuote Reply Edit Delete#6 sb11 Exalted Member Group: Members Posts: 35855 Joined: 04-February 04Posted 28 May 2008 – 09:20 AMSister Catherine Walsh is a tireless nun working with theCatholic Worker movement, a 75 year old movement begunby Peter Maurin of France and Dorothy Day of NYC.The Catholic Workeroperates homes for the homeless, soupkitchens, and has been involved at times in civil disobedienceregarding the illegal wars of the US regime.A growing number of vegetarians want the soup kitchensof the world not to harm animals by serving their drawnand quartered pieces to people. Animal and fish flesh are toxicto people, prevent Jesus‘ message of feeding the hungry byenabling the lowest acreage yield (100 to 1000 lbs per acrein comparison to 450,000 lbs for centenarian orchards and nut groves).http://www.catholicworker.orgSPIRITUAL DIET-Brother James-It has been my habit since 1994 to practice a vegetarian diet. It is notnecessary for me to take life to sustain my own. I believe that all life issacred from the house fly to the human. God is the Creator of all Life. In thebeginning God created all life vegetarian, both human and animal. It was notuntil after the flood that living beings began to eat meat. I do not preach thatit is sin to eat flesh but I will say in this day and age it is unwise. God‘soriginal design was a vegetarian diet until sin entered the world and death bysin. I choose to honor God‘s original design with my diet. I do not have theability to eat animals. I cannot do this in good conscience. I have offered mydiet to God as a perpetual fast. I have chosen to honor His original diet and
  35. 35. to reverence the life He created. In order to eat an animal she must first bedead. It is not wise to devour death.0 Report MultiQuote Reply Edit Delete#7 sb11 Exalted Member Group: Members Posts: 35855 Joined: 04-February 04Posted 28 May 2008 – 09:30 AMTHEY SHALL NOT HURT OR DESTROY – ANIMAL RIGHTS ANDVEGETARIANISM IN THE WESTERN RELIGIOUS TRADITIONSAuthor Vasu Murti interviewed by Claudette Vaughanhttp://www.abolition…m/_06murti.htmlOne of the best kept secrets ofJudaism and Christianity is that both religions have rich traditions favoringvegetarianism/veganism says author Vasu Murti. His book, They Shall NotHurt or Destroy explores the many Judeo-Christian writers and leaders whohave argued that God cares about all Creation, and so should we. The corevalues and teachings of these faiths encourage plant-based eating.[click here to read the review of They Shall Not Hurt or Destroy"]Abolitionist: In your book ‗They Shall Not Hurt Or Destroy‘ you said that afew years ago Norm Phelps came to the conclusion, as I myself have, thatthe animal rights movement will never succeed until it converts the churches,mosques and synagogues to the cause for God‘s other creation, the non-human animals. Is this also your point of view?Vusu Murti: Yes. I would like to see organised religion take up the strugglefor animal rights. Religion has been wrong before. It has often been said thaton issues such as women‘s rights and human slavery, religion has impededsocial and moral progress. It was a Spanish Catholic priest, Bartolome de lasCasas, who first proposed enslaving black Africans in place of the Native
  36. 36. Americans who were dying off in great numbers. The church of the pastnever considered human slavery to be a moral evil. The Protestant churchesof Virginia, South Carolina, and other southern states here in the U.S.actually passed resolutions in favor of the human slave traffic.Human slavery was called ―by Divine Appointment,‖ ―a Divine institution,‖ ―amoral relation,‖ ―God‘s institution,‖ ―not immoral,‖ but ―founded in right.‖The slave trade was called ―legal,‖ ―licit,‖ ―in accordance with humaneprinciples‖ and ―the laws of revealed religion.‖New Testament verses calling for obedience and subservience on the part ofslaves (Titus 2:9-10; Ephesians 6:5-9; Colossians 3:22-25; I Peter 2:18-25)and respect for the master (I Timothy 6:1-2; Ephesians 6:5-9) were oftencited in order to justify human slavery. Many of Jesus‘ parables refer tohuman slaves. Paul‘s epistle to Philemon concerns a runaway slave returnedto his master.The Quakers were one of the earliest religious denominations to condemnhuman slavery. ―Paul‘s outright endorsement of slavery should be an undyingembarrassment to Christianity as long as they hold the entire New Testamentto be the word of God,‖ says contemporary Quaker physician Dr. Charles P.Vaclavik. ―Without a doubt, the American slaveholders quoted Paul again andagain to substantiate their right to hold slaves.―The moralist movement to abolish slavery had to go to non-Biblical sourcesto demonstrate the immoral nature of slavery. The abolitionists could notturn to Christian sources to condemn slavery, for Christianity had becomethe bastion of the evil practice through its endorsement by the Apostle Paul.Only the Old Testament gave the abolitionist any Biblical support in hisefforts to free the slaves. ‗You shall not surrender to his master a slave whohas taken refuge with you.‘ (Deuteronomy 23:15) What a pittance ofmaterial opposing slavery from a book supposedly representing the word ofGod.‖In 1852, Josiah Priest wrote Bible Defense of Slavery. Others claimed blackswere subhuman. Buckner H. Payne, calling himself ―Ariel,‖ wrote in 1867:―the tempter in the Garden of Eden…was a beast, a talking beast…thenegro.‖ Ariel argued that since the negro was not part of Noah‘s family, hemust have been a beast. Eight souls were saved on the ark, therefore, thenegro must be a beast, and ―consequently, he has no soul to be saved.‖
  37. 37. The status of animals in contemporary human society is not unlike that ofhuman slaves in centuries past. Quoting Isaiah 61:1, Luke 4:18 or any otherbiblical passages in favor of liberty, equality and an end to human slavery inthe 18th or 19th century would have been met with the same kind ofresponse animal rights activists receive today if they quote Bible verses infavor of ethical vegetarianism and compassion towards animals.Some of the worst crimes in history have also been committed in the nameof religion. (There‘s a great song along these lines from the early 1990s byan American punk rock band, Rage Against the Machine, entitled ―Killing inthe Name Of‖.) Someone once pointed out that while Hitler may haveclaimed to be a Christian, he imprisoned Christian clergy who opposed theNazi regime, and even Christian churches were subject to the terror of theNazis.Thinking along these lines, I realise that while I would like to see organisedreligion support animal liberation (e.g., as was the case with Dr. MartinLuther King, Jr. and the American civil rights movement) rather than simplyremain an obstacle to social and moral progress (e.g., 19th century southernchurches in the U.S. upheld human slavery on biblical grounds), this supportmust come freely and voluntarily (e.g., ―The Liberation of All Life‖ resolutionissued by the World Council of Churches in 1988).Religious institutions can‘t be coerced into rewriting their holy books orteaching a convoluted doctrine to suit the whims or the secular politicalideology of a particular demagogue. American liberals argue that principle ofthe separation of church and state (upon which the United States wasfounded) gives us freedom FROM religious tyranny and theocracy.Conservatives argue (the other side of the coin!) that one of the reasonsAmerica‘s founding fathers established the separation of church and statewas to prevent government intrusion into religious affairs.I agree with Reverend Marc Wessels, Executive Director of the InternationalNetwork for Religion and Animals (INRA), who said on Earth Day 1990:―It is a fact that no significant social reform has yet taken place in thiscountry (the United States) without the voice of the religious communitybeing heard. The endeavours of the abolition of slavery; the women‘ssuffrage movement; the emergence of the pacifist tradition during World WarI; the struggles to support civil rights, labor unions, and migrant farmworkers; and the anti-nuclear and peace movements have all succeeded inpart because of the power and support of organised religion. Such authority
  38. 38. and energy is required by individual Christians and the institutional churchtoday if the liberation of animals is to become a reality.‖Abolitionist: What does the term ‗ahimsa‘ mean to you?VM: The word ‗ahimsa‘ literally means ―nonviolence,‖ and that‘s how I readit. According to Nine Beliefs of Hinduism, a tract published by the HimalayanAcademy of San Francisco: ―Hindus believe that all life is sacred, to be lovedand revered,and therefore practice ahimsa, or nonviolence.‖Brother Wayne Teasdale, a Benedictine monk who passed away a few yearsago, similarly wrote in 1995: ―…it is necessary to elevate nonviolence to anoble place in our civilisation of loving compassion because nonviolence asahimsa in the Hindu tradition, a tradition that seems to possess the mostadvanced understanding of nonviolence, IS love! Love is the goal andultimate nature of nonviolence as an inner disposition and commitment ofthe heart. It is the fulfillment of love and compassion in the social sphere,that is, in the normal course of relations among people in the matrix ofsociety.‖Abolitionist: How does one take the meaning of ahimsa and the notion ofnon-violence to get them to work actively for our brother and sisters, theanimals?VM: Contemporary Hindu spiritual masters have taught that if one wishes toeat cow‘s flesh (or the flesh of any other animal), one should wait until theanimal dies of natural causes, rather than take the life of a fellow creature.This indicates that we are vegan and vegetarian out of nonviolence towardsanimals, i.e., compassion for animals, rather than because we follow ―dietarylaws.‖As Brother Wayne Teasdale said, ―nonviolence…IS love!‖ A popularvegetarian bumper sticker here in the United States reads: ―Vegetarianism islove in action.‖ The number of animals killed for food here in the UnitedStates is 70 times larger than the number of animals killed in laboratories,30 times larger than the number killed by hunters and trappers, and 500times larger than the number of animals killed in animal pounds. Sovegetarianism and veganism would be a good place to start!Roberta Kalechofsky of Jews for Animal Rights similarly says:
  39. 39. ―Merely by ceasing to eat meatMerely by practicing restraintWe have the power to end a painful industry―We do not have to bear arms to end this evil,We do not have to contribute money,We do not have to sit in jail or go tomeetings or demonstrations orengage in acts of civil disobedience―Most often, the act of repairing the world,of healing mortal wounds,is left to heroes and tzaddikim (holy people)Saints and people of unusual discipline―But here is an action every mortal canperform–surely it is not too difficult!‖During the height of Beatlemania, John Lennon was asked by a reporter,―Does your hair require any special attention?‖ To this, Lennon replied,―Inattention is the main thing.‖ Similarly, with vegetarianism, we‘re notasking people to engage in activity–we‘re asking them to REFRAIN fromengaging in an activity. By refraining from eating animals, they are, in effect,refraining from killing them. By refraining from eating animals, refrainingfrom using products tested on animals, refraining from patronizing forms of―entertainment‖ that use animals, refraining from wearing the furs or skins ofanimals, etc., we are, in effect, refraining from harming and killing otheranimals altogether…just as pro-life Christians who refuse vaccines containingaborted fetal cells are refraining from taking another human life.0 Report MultiQuote Reply Edit Delete#8 sb11 Exalted Member Group: Members Posts: 35855 Joined: 04-February 04Posted 28 May 2008 – 11:49 AM
  40. 40. General Bramwell Booth, son of founder of Salvation Army,on vegetarian diet practiced by him and his parentsEditor‘s note:General Booth treated alcoholism with vegetarian diet.. and found that thistreatment severed the meat-alcohol chemical marriage. His success spreadthe SAaround the world. )It is time for the Salvation Army to return to itsoriginal vegetarian offerings.These passages are taken from a pamphlet written by General BramwellBooth, former director General of the Salvation Army, and a son of founderGeneral William Booth.―Here are some of my reasons for doing so (becoming vegetarian):1. Because I have myself tried a vegetarian diet with the greatest benefithaving been for more than 10 years at l time a strict vegetarian.2. Because according to the Bible God originally intended the food forhumans to be vegetarian. (here he quotes Genesis 1:29 ―Behold I have givenyou herb yielding seed. To you it shall be for food.‖)3. Because a vegetarian diet is favourable to purity, to chastity,and toperfect control of the appetites and passions which are often a source ofgreat temptation, especially to the young. ( Because a vegetarian diet is favourable to robust health and strength.With very few exceptions, and these only confirmed invalids, I believe thepeople would be stronger….http://www.pcrm.org5. Because tens of thousands of our poor people (could savemoney)…http://www.ivu.org6. Because a vegetarian diet of wheat, oatmeal and other grains, lentils,peas, beans, nuts and similr food is more than ten times as economical as aflesh diet. Meat contains half its weight in water which has to be paid for asthough it were meat. A vegetarian diet, even if we allow cheese, butter andmilk will only cost about a quarter as much as a mixed diet of flesh andvegetables.7. Because a vegetarian diet would stop the enormous waste of all kinds ofanimal food. Because a vegetarian diet is a great protection against our drinking(this belief of General Booth has been upheld by modern biochemistryresearch about the relationship of meat and alcohol)….9. Because a vegetarian diet is favorable to industry and hard work…10. Because it is proved that life, health, and happiness are all favoroued by
  41. 41. a vegetarian diet.**11. I favour a vegetarian diet because the digestive organs of humans arenot well adapted to the use of flesh….12. Because it is very difficult.. especially in hot weather and warmclimates to keep flesh food sweet long enough to cool and eat it anda great deal of meat is eaten after it has begun to decay…13. Because a great deal of the flesh meat which is supplied for human foodis already diseased, and because it is nearly impossible to be sure than anyflesh is quite free from the germs of disease. Muchcommon meat, which is often that of old animals, is well known to be sold tothe butchers because the animals are sick, orunhealthy.http://www.egroups.c…ages/kyvegans/9And the best meat is nearly always the flesh meat of young animals who arefattened and killed before the germs of many diseases have had time todevelop so as to show themselves. So that many animals re killed, whichthough believed to be healthy, are really diseased.This is especially the case with calves for veal, young bullocks for beef andwith lambs and young pigs.14. Because I believe that the great increase in consumption and cancerduring the last hundred years has been caused by the great increase in theuse of animal food, and that a strict vegetariandiet would greatly help to ward off these most terrible and ‗incurable‘diseases.15. Because I believe that a flesh diet brings on many very painful diseases,which though not perhaps immediately dangerous to life cause muchsuffering and loss. I mean such complaints as eczema, constipation, piles,worms, dysentery, severe heaches and the like. A vegetarian would do muchto relieve if not cure them.16 Because of the awful cruelty and terror to which tens of thousands (nowbillions)of animals killed for human food are subjected intraveling long distance by ship and rail and road to the slaughterhouses ofthe world. God disapproves of all cruelty whether to man or beast.17.Because of the terrible cruelties practised for killing animals in manyslaughter houses. The whole busines of killing is cruel..even when it is donewith care, and we know that in the case of millions of creatures it is donewith very little care. Ten thousand pigs arekilled for food every hour in Europe alone. (Now Oscar Mayer kills 1100 pigsan hour at their Madison Wisconsin plant.)18. Because the occupation of slaughtering animals is brutalising to thosewho are required to do the work. ―The highest sentiments of humanemen‖ says a certain writer, and I agree with him, ―revolt at the cruelty, the
  42. 42. degrading sights, the distressing cries, the perpetualbloodshed, and all the attendant horrors which must surround the transit andslaughter of suffering creatures.‖ *19. Because a flesh diet is not necessary to hard work. A great part of thework of the world is done by animals which subsist on vegetable food..namely, horses, mules, camels, oxen, etc.I believe this matter is well worthy the serious consideration of Christianleaders. It has an important bearing not only on their ownhealth and happiness but upon their influence among the people, as men andwomen who are free from the bondage of that selfish gratification which sooften afflicts the professed servants of Christ. Let us remember the Apostle‘sdirection: ‗Whether ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the gloryof God.‘ ―(published by the LVS 53 Marloes Rd. Kensington London UK W8)(We copied from an old pamphlet.. to have the full text write or webvisit theLondon Vegetarian Society)0 Report MultiQuote Reply Edit Delete#9 sb11 Exalted Member Group: Members Posts: 35855 Joined: 04-February 04Posted 28 May 2008 – 11:50 AM**John Wesley’s vegetarian dietDiet and Health: John Wesleyfounder of the Methodists. v 6 of his collected writings, Wesleyis recorded as saying that on theadvice of his physician Dr Cheyne he hadbecome vegetarian)
  43. 43. The Church, collectively, has been strangely silent on the connection betweenour diet and health, and our physical and spiritual well being. The only majorexceptions to this silence, that we are aware of, have been the Seventh DayAdventist Church and the non-affiliated ministry of George H. Malkmus whofounded Hallelujah Acres .Very early in John Wesley‘s ministry, he realized that there was a connectionbetween physical and spiritual health. If the body was sick, then the person‘sfocus would likely be diverted from God. When he came to America in themid 1700′s, he continued this teaching and was criticized for it by localclergy and the Anglican Bishop of London. Following is an excerpt from JohnWesley‘s response to the bishop:By ‗extraordinary strictnesses and severities,‘ I presume your Lordshipmeans the abstaining from wine and animal food; which, it is sure,Christianity does not require. But if you do, I fear your Lordship is notthoroughly informed of the matter of fact. I began to do this about twelveyears ago, when I had no thought of ‗annoying parochial ministers,‘ or of‗captivating‘ any ‗people‘ thereby, unless it were the Chicasaw or ChoctawIndians. But I resumed the use of them both, about two years after, for thesake of some who thought I made it a point of conscience; telling them, ‗Iwill eat flesh while the world standeth‘ rather than ‗make my brother tooffend.‘ Dr. Cheyne advised me to leave them off again, assuring me, ‗Tillyou do, you will never be free from fevers.‘ And since I have taken hisadvice, I have been free (blessed be God) from all bodily disorders.1Both John Wesley and his physician knew that the eating of animals and theirby-products (eggs and dairy) was injurious to health. Wesley had first handknowledge of this, as do we, today, yet most people don‘t want to hear aboutit. Why? Because most people don‘t want to change their lifestyle, so theyresort to trying to silence the prophets of truth, and for a little while theywere successful in doing so with John Wesley. However, when his illnessesreturned, he resumed being a strict vegetarian and he regained his health.Unfortunately, Wesley was not forceful enough with passing along thesetruths about diet and health and, as a result, most of these vegetariandietary truths have been lost in the teachings of the Methodist and otherchurches among whom he had influence. It is time we reverse this mistake.We have an obligation to learn about the connections between animal foodsand chronic illnesses, and about a proper vegetarian diet. Likewise, we havean obligation to speak forth to our congregations about these things, for todo otherwise promotes violence to their health, to their spiritual well-being,