On certain planes, it is not okay. When violence and pain are introduced along the food chain, the energy carries all the way to the eventual
consumer of the food. The fear in the meat becomes absorbed as well as the nutrients. Though mechanically the physical body is nurtured, the more
subtle and spiritual bodies find the energetic disharmony introduced by the violence. Buddhists are aware of this real dynamic.
Hunters are aware of this as well. It is physically explained as such: if the animal is not killed instantly, its system is shocked, releasing a
rush of endorphins, adrenaline, and coping chemicals. In short, the physical embodiments of fear and violence. This is known to spoil the taste of
the meat. This is why a hunter ought to drop prey in one shot, as opposed to wounding the animal and having to chase it down.
Energy is present in food throughout the food chain. The hunter would do well to prayerfully and thankfully take his game, dress it with respect and
gratitude, and eventually cook it with conscious love. Indigenous hunters and animal farmers everywhere, across time, have been aware of this
And what happens in nature, when the eagle seizes the fish, or the coyote finally clutches the rabbit in its jaw? Somehow, I think this is not an
unnatural violence or torture. it is purely love, and the prey finds contentment at death.
I read a journal of an English explorer of Africa; he was taken into a lion jaws, facing death, and somehow escaped to write about it. In the
moments in the lion's jaws, he wrote, rather than dread or fear, his natural reaction was of a profound peace. Here I think he was in Tao, or pure
Factory animal farming and slaughter are far far from Tao. The inherent lack of love and consideration, abuse, fear, and violence do not die with the
animal. After all, we are what we eat.
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Thank you for your considerate and well informed post.
It is not necessary to torture, or maim the animals that provide our food. The methods that profit based animal farming have developed to maximize
the end dollar have resulted in that very practice, however.
It is factual that those who have lived close to nature, like the indigenous tribes, native americans and such, have always been thoughtful and aware
of the spiritual nature of the animals they use for food. And they were thankful for the animal's "gift" to them.
As our societies became more possession oriented, more ownership ruled, the "lesser creatures" lost there spiritual value to them.
There is nothing wrong with bringing animals back to their rightful place and appreciating them. There also is nothing wrong with consuming them as a
food source which provides necessary nutrients. We have become gluttonous, however, eating many times more meat than is required for our nourishment.
I guarantee that a wild, carnivorous animal, if hungry, would not think very much, about eating a human if presented with the opportunity. Most
animals only feed when hungry, and eat until they are sated. They don't feel guilty about the death of their prey. It is also true, that they
frequently toy with their food. Why, I don't know, maybe they just enjoy it. But, they eat the prey anyway.
For those who enjoy the vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, fine, it is your choice and there is merit to the practice for many reasons. A vegetarian fast
is an excellent way to detox your body, helps control diabetes and weight. But for the majority, it is not a satisfactory diet in the long term.
They crave the meat. I know I do. I crave vegetables in the same manner from time to time. My body tells me what it needs. Sometimes it is more
protein, and I can only eat so many beans.
I think the point I am trying to make, is, we are a part of nature, we are not separate from it. We are part of the big wonderful cycle of life which
includes birth, life and death. We require nourishment, as does all other life on our earth. We should not feel guilty for that fact, we should
embrace it, and live our lives respecting all living things, but realizing we depend on them, in many ways, including as a food source, to survive.
So it would be in our best interest to handle them with respect and care in all facets of our interactions with them.