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Re: Vegetarianism

From: Sriram Ranganathan (
Date: Tue Nov 20 2001 - 19:04:09 PST

Dear bhAgavathAs,

For sustenance all creatures engage in causing some harm at some level to
other living beings.  This is one of the laws of nature and is meant to be
that way to preserve ecological equilibrium. However, no creature other than
humans posses the faculty, skills and the resources necessary to practice
farming. Save for a very few (elephants/monkeys..), animals do not have the
instinct or intelligence to be otherwise. This is a natural phenomenon.

On the contrary, in the case of humans, non-vegetarianism is possible only
by increasing certain varieties of animal population artificially, thereby
upsetting the balance. And this requires more plants as well, to feed the
animals! Given that, vegetarian food is the most sensible, cost-effective,
healthy, and straightforward way to preserve the eco-balance and avoid
causing more harm to other living beings, plants inclusive. Ethically and
scientifically, it is difficult to justify otherwise.


           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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