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2 interesting questions

From: Vish Vishwanath (
Date: Tue Mar 07 1995 - 12:51:10 PST

in talking about vedic philosophies with folks from non-vedic
background and non-indian perspectives, i often come across
some interesting questions. here are two such questions. pls
note that both these were asked in good faith by good people
with a curiousity to know how the vedas deal with them and not
to pull my chain.  

(1) eating eggs and meat is forbidden, you say. if the reason is
that they are jeevAtmAs, what about an artificially fertilized egg ? it
surely has no opportunity to be a living being - ever. why not eat

(2) your pet (by the way, our family just adopted a golden retreiver
puppy - a delight who listens to vishnu sahasranama and
seems to enjoy it !) needs its diet of Alpo and other meat based
food - for its survival. what do the shAstrAs say about keeping
such food at home and feeding it .

(my approach is that i feed it like i am feeding it prasada and
take care of it as though i have been entrusted its life by
Narayana himself)

could any one of provide insight on them...