“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” – Mahatma Gandhi
In discussing vegetarianism with people, it’s funny to see how similar everyone’s arguments are. Irrespective of political beliefs, social status, income levels, education, etc., everyone tends to debate in pretty much exactly the same way. Some people focus more on some things than others, but at the end of the day, everyone is doing it. And almost everyone tends to disbelieve the same facts, ignore the same questions, and disregard the same ideas. Entire books could be (and have been) filled with these facts, questions, and ideas that everyone seems to ignore, but one that I find particularly interesting is the idea that vegetarianism is necessary to lead a non-violent life. It’s interesting for two reasons: one, that pretty much every single non-vegetarian doesn’t even give this idea a chance. The second is that few vegetarians even promote or believe this idea themselves. And yet, I find it is one of the most powerful calls for becoming a vegetarian.
Yes, a good reason should be to stop the murdering of thousands of animals. The average American currently consumes 21,000 animals over the course of their lifetime – becoming vegetarian would therefore save 21,000 animals… (click here to continue reading)