Be Vegetarian - Part Two Transcription
Our ancestors did not possess the knowledge about cultivating vegetables. They were familiar only to hunting. As time went by and discovered that they could grow vegetables, they came to appreciate what nature was providing them and gradually they turned to vegetarianism. Vegetarianism has the added benefit of being healthful to our body; no heart or arterial problems come from eating vegetarian foods.
Vegetarianism puts you on the path to non-violence. The difference between meat and vegetables is this: meat grows inside the uterus of the mother (human or animal) and is born through a body canal. Vegetables are grown and come through the soil of the earth. Avoid animal products for health reasons; even too much milk can create problems in the body. Meat eaters are not aware of the cruelty that is being done to the animal. Once people become aware of this they will turn to vegetarianism. It is also advisable not to use shoes made of leather except as Gandhi advised in India, to use the leather from animals who died naturally. They are produced non-violently. We need to raise our voice against those products.
For example to make a beautiful snakeskin purse for women it takes the skin of about 40 snakes. The process to acquire the skin is extremely cruel. The snakes are caught, hung by nail hammered into their head to a tree and a hot iron is applied to the skin in order to peel it off. The snakes are left hanging and they die a long and tortured death. The men who do this do not have the compassion to at least remove the nail from the snake's head or kill it. All of this is done to multiple snakes to make one handbag. At the very least, if you want to use leather buy inexpensive shoes. Many rich women who wear expensive leather shoes declare themselves vegetarian. Sometimes to make the most expensive shoes they have to take the baby from the animal's womb in order to get its soft skin. So you have to raise your voice against these practices or at the very least try to avoid expensive leather goods.
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