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Originally posted by Qwenn
reply to post by strangedays
It's a good job you don't have any buddhist friends, you would not be able to eat anything living !
You have to be flexible enough to react to other cultures around you, but that should also reflect your own culture as well, avoid these foods if you dislike them, but not because someone else may not like you to eat them. Otherwise you will start applying this to opinions as well and will only like the ideas that others think you should have.
Originally posted by Asktheanimals
To twist the main question only slightly -
Is it ethical to be an Eskimo or Inuit?
Their diet is almost entirely meat, it is all their environment supplies them and they have adapted themselves to live within the limits provided by nature.
If vegetarianism is the only ethical way to live we have condemned an entire race of people for simply surviving.
Originally posted by morningeagle
In order to survive, one must consume life. That is the simple truth. I have a problem with vegetarians who would impose their beliefs on others as I feel they don't have any idea of what they are talking about. Life exists all around us and who's to say there's more life in a cow than a tomato? Both are made up of microbial organisms, DNA, energy etc. While one is seeded in the ground the other is fertilized in the womb, both of them must consume life in order to grow and so must we too.
My native grandmother taught me how to "euthanize" vegetables as well as animals you are preparing for your food. I was also taught to say a prayer of thanksgiving before any meal for the sacrifice made by what it is I am eating, not a prayer to God necessarily but a prayer to all living things for the sacrifice made by the food. Remember, "sacred" is a derivative of "sacrifice".
edit on 6-5-2012 by morningeagle because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by chi_z
reply to post by QQXXw
chickens and turkeys are rather low on the pecking order compared to dolphins.