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Meat eating animals - Non meat eating animals.

Man body is much similar to non meat eating animals when compared to meat eating animals.
Human teeth, like those of the herbivorous creatures, are designed for grinding and chewing vegetable matter. Humans lack sharp front teeth for tearing flesh that are characteristic of carnivores. Meat eating animals generally swallow their food without chewing it and therefore do not require molars or a jaw capable of moving sideways. Also, the human hand, with no sharp claws and with its opposable thumb, is better suited to harvesting fruits and vegetables than to killing prey.

Once within the stomach, meat requires digestive juices high in hydrochloric acid. The stomachs of humans and hebivores produce acid less than one-twentieth the strength of that found in carnivores.

Another crucial difference between the meat-eater and the vegetarian is found in the intestinal tract, where the food is further digested and nutrients are passed into the blood. A piece of meat is just part of a corpse, and its putrefaction creates poisonous wastes within the body. Therefore meat must be quickly eliminated. For this purpose, carnivores possess intestinal tract only three times the length of their bodies. Since man, like other non-flesh-eating animals, has intestinal tract twelve times his body length, rapidly decaying flesh is retained for a much longer time, producing a number of undesirable toxic effects.

One body organ adversely affected by these toxins is the kidney. This vital organ, which extracts waste from the blood, is strained by the overload of poisons introduced by meat consumption. Even moderate meat-eaters demand three times more work from their kidneys than do vegetarians. The kidneys of a young person may be able to cope with this stress, but as one grows older the risk of kidney disease and failure greatly increases.


Health Reasons

Medical studies prove that a vegetarian diet is easier to digest, provides a wider range of nutrients and imposes fewer burdens and impurities on the body. Vegetarians are less susceptible to all the major diseases that afflict contemporary humanity, and thus live longer, healthier, more productive lives. They have fewer physical complaints, less frequent visits to the doctor, fewer dental problems and smaller medical bills. Their immune system is stronger, their bodies are purer, more refined and skin more beautiful.

The inability of the human body to deal with excessive animal fats in the diet is another indication of the unnaturalness of meat-eating. Carnivorous animals can metabolize alomost unlimited amounts of cholesterol and fats without any adverse effects. The vegetarian species have a very limited ability to deal with any level of cholesterol or saturatd fats beyond the amount required by the body. When over a period of many years an excess is consumed, fatty deposits (plaque) accumulate on the inner walls of the arteries, producing a condition known as arteriosclerosis, hardening of the arteries. Because the plaque deposits constrict the flow of blood to the heart, the potential or heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots is tremendously increased.

Sodium Nitrate and sodium nitrite, chemicals used as preservatives to slow down putrefaction in cured meat and meat products, including ham, bacon, bologna, salami, frankfurters, and fish, also endanger health. These chemicals give meat its bright red appearence by reacting with pigments in the blood and muscle. Without them, the natural gray brown color of dead meat would turn off many prospective consumers. Unfortunately, these chemicals do not distinguish between the blood of a corpse and the blood of living human, and many persons accidentally subjected to excessive amounts have died of poisoning. Even smaller quantities can prove hazadous.

In addition to dangerous chemicals, meat often carries diseases from the animals themselves. Crammed together in unclean conditions, force-fed, and inhumanely treated, animals destined for slaughter contract many more diseases than they ordinarily would. Meat inspectors attempt to filter out unacceptable meats, but because of pressures from the industry and lack of sufficient time for examination, much of what passes is far less wholesome than the meat purchaser realizes. In 1961, the Journal of the American Medical Association stated that 90 to 97% of heart disease, the cause of more than one half of the deaths can be prevented by a vegetarian diet. The National Academy of Sciences reported in 1983 that "people may be able to prevent many common cancers by eating vegetables and grains". In Notes on the Causation of Cancer, Rollo Russel writes, "I have found of 25 nations eating flesh largely, 19 had a high cancer rate and that of 35 nations eating no flesh, none had a high rate"

Animal Life/Plant life.

Both have life. But plant's nervous sytem is not developed much. But animal nervous system was developed as much man. If we kill an animal, it suffers as much as a man suffer. But plant doesn't suffer that much. There is a very large difference between both. If an animal suffers, then even a tree can see that it is suffering. But if a tree suffers, only costly equipment can recognize that. If we compare the suffering of plant which can not be seen even by the man who has highly developed consciousness and the suffering of an animal which can be seen even by the plant which has very less consciousness, the suffering of plant is very very less.

Economical Reasons

According to information compiled by the United States Department of Agriculture, over 90% of all the grain produced in America is used for feeding livestock - cows, pigs, lambs, and chickens - that wind up on dinner tables. USDA's Economic Research Service shows that we get back only one pound of beef for every 16 pounds of grain.

In the book Proteins: Their Chemistry and Politics, it notes that in terms of calorie units per acre, a diet of grains, vegetables, and beans will support 20 times more people than a diet of meat. As it stands now, about half the harvested acreage in america is used to feed animals. If the earth's arable land were used primarily for the production of vegetarian foods, the planet could easily support a human population of 20 billion and more.

Facts such as these have led food experts to point out that the world hunger problem is largely illusory. The myth of "Overpopulation" should not be used by advocates of abortion to justify the killing of more than fifty million unborn children worldwide each year. Even now, we are already producing enough food for everyone on the planet, but unfortunately it is being allocated inefficiently. The overconsumption of meat by the rich means hunger for the poor. This wasteful agriculture must be changed - by the suppression of feedlots where beef are fattened on grains, and even a massive reduction of beef cattle.

Another price we pay for meat eating is degradation of the environment. America's thousands of slaughterhouses are major source of pollution of the nation's rivers and streams. In the book Population, Resources, and Environment, Paul and Anne Ehrlich found that to grow one pound of wheat requires only 60 pounds of water, whereas production of a pound of meat requires anywhere from 2,500 to 6,000 pounds of water. One large chicken slaughtering plant in America was found to be using 100 million gallons of water daily. This same volume would supply a city of 25,000 people.

Anyone may say that if we don't eat chickens then it's population increases lot. But it is not actually the case. If its population is more then there is no need for poultries. Few persons may have doubt that if we don't eat meat do we get food for eating. Actually so much food and water is being wasted by the chickens in poultries.

The Ecological Reason

Planet Earth is suffereing. In large measure, the escalating loss of species, destruction of ancient rainforests to create pasture lands for live stock, loss of topsoils and the consequent increase of water impurities and air pollution have all been traced to the single fact of meat in the human diet. No decision that we can make as individuals or as a race can have such a dramatic effect on the improvement of our planetary ecology as the decision not to eat meat.

The Karmic Consequences Reason

All of our actions, including our choice of food, have Karmic consequences. By involving oneself in the cycle of inflicting injury, pain and death, even indirectly by eating other creatures, one must in the future experience in equal measure the suffering caused. In other words, If you eat meat in this life, you will be eaten in your next life.

The Spiritual Reason

Food is the source of the body's chemistry, and what we ingest affects our consciousnes, emotions and experiential patterns. If one wants to live in higher consciousness, in peace and happiness and love for all creatures, then he cannot eat meat, fish, shellfish, fowl or eggs. By ingesting the grosser chemistries of animal foods, one introduces into the body and mind anger, jealousy, anxiety, suspicion and a terrible fear of death, all of which are locked into the the flesh of the butchered creatures. For these reasons, vegetarians live in higher consciousness and meat-eaters abide in lower consciousness.

HISTORY

The book FOOD FOR THE SPIRIT, VEGETARIANISM AND THE WORLD RELIGIONS, observes, Despite popular knowledge of meat-eating's adverse effects, the nonvegetarian diet became increasingly widespread among the Hindus after the two major invasions by foreign powers, first the Muslims and later the British. With them came the desire to be `civilized,' to eat as did the Saheeb. Those actually trained in Vedic knowledge, however, never adopted a meat-oriented diet, and the pious Hindu still observes vegetarian principles as a matter of religious duty.

That vegetarianism has always been widespread in India is clear from the earliest Vedic texts. This was observed by the ancient traveler Megasthenes and also by Fa-Hsien, a Chinese Buddhist monk who, in the fifth century, traveled to India in order to obtain authentic copies of the scriptures.

These scriptures unambiguously support the meatless way of life. In the MAHABHARAT, for instance, the great warrior Bheeshma explains to Yuddhishtira, eldest of the Paandav princes, that the meat of animals is like the flesh of one's own son. Similarly, the MANUSMRITI declares that one should `refrain from eating all kinds of meat,' for such eating involves killing and leads to Karmic bondage (Bandh) [5.49]. Elsewhere in the Vedic literature, the last of the great Vedic kings, Maharaja Parikshit, is quoted as saying that `only the animal- killer cannot relish the message of the Absolute Truth [Shrimad Bhagvatam 10.1.4].'

SCRIPTURE

He who desires to augment his own flesh by eating the flesh of other creatures lives in misery in whatever species he may take his birth.
MAHABHARAT 115.47

Those high-souled persons who desire beauty, faultlessness of limbs, long life, understanding, mental and physical strength and memory should abstain from acts of injury.
MAHABHARAT 18.115.8

The very name of cow is Aghnya [not to be killed], indicating that they should never be slaughtered. Who, then could slay them? Surely, one who kills a cow or a bull commits a heinous crime.
MAHABHARAT, SHANTIPARV 262.47

The purchaser of flesh performs Himsa (violence) by his wealth; he who eats flesh does so by enjoying its taste; the killer does Himsa by actually tying and killing the animal. Thus, there are three forms of killing: he who brings flesh or sends for it, he who cuts off the limbs of an animal, and he who purchases, sells or cooks flesh and eats it -- all of these are to be considered meat-eaters.
MAHABHARAT, ANU 115.40

He who sees that the Lord of all is ever the same in all that is -- immortal in the field of mortality -- he sees the truth. And when a man sees that the God in himself is the same God in all that is, he hurts not himself by hurting others. Then he goes, indeed, to the highest path.
BHAGVAD GEETA 13.27-28

Ahimsa is the highest Dharma. Ahimsa is the best Tapas. Ahimsa is the greatest gift. Ahimsa is the highest self-control. Ahimsa is the highest sacrifice. Ahimsa is the highest power. Ahimsa is the highest friend. Ahimsa is the highest truth. Ahimsa is the highest teaching.
MAHABHARAT 18.116.37-41

What is the good way? It is the path that reflects on how it may avoid killing any creature.
TIRUKURAL 324

All that lives will press palms together in prayerful adoration of those who refuse to slaughter and savor meat.
TIRUKURAL 260

What is virtuous conduct? It is never destroting life, for killing leads to every other sin.
TIRUKURAL 312, 321

Goodness is never one with the minds of these two: one who wields a weapon and one who feasts on a creature's flesh.
TIRUKURAL 253