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Did God say it’s OK to eat animals?

By: Kent Maurer

This is a justification for eating meat that I’ve heard many times; “God says it Ok to eat animals” or  “God put animals on this earth for us to eat”. Since the subject of plant only nutrition is not controversial enough, in this blog I thought I’d throw in religion just to spice things up.

Just a precursor, I wasn’t raised religious or am I affiliated to any religions; as a matter of fact I never really paid attention to religion until I was first confronted with this justification about 15 years or so ago. So like I do with every question I get about a plant only diet and lifestyle, I researched it, and here’s what I’ve learned.

Since I’m in Utah, I’ll start with the Mormons.

Are you Mormon? If so why do you eat meat? In the Doctrine and Covenants 49 reading verses 18 and 19, your faith specifically says not to east meat unless in times of famine. There is no famine, Costco, Wal-Mart, Target all have an abundance of inexpensive beans, grains and potatoes to base all your meals around. The only places on earth where there is a food shortage is in impoverished countries where food is literally taken out of starving peoples mouths to feed to the animal agriculture industry, so the “privileged” human can have their steak.

Are you a Christian? If so why do you still eat meat when in Genesis 1:29 God tells Christians exactly what to eat right after He created man; “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you.” After God flooded the planet and there were no plants to eat, he gave permission for some meat to be eaten (a time of famine) in Genesis 9:3. He didn’t change our anatomy from His original plant based design to that of a meat eater. I also found that the early editions of the Bible stated when Jesus fed the 5000 on the hillside fish and bread; it was actually written that it was ‘fish weed’ or ‘fishmeal’ (dried seaweed) instead of fish. Makes more sense seeing how there was no refrigeration and the fish would have rotted before they could eat them.

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How about Judaism? Are you one of the chosen ones? Genesis 1:29 and the Old Testament is what you should follow as well when it comes to your food choices. Squeezing the blood out of a piece of meat to make it Kosher, does not make it healthier or justify eating an animal.

Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism all practice a life of not harming other beings. The word they use is, “Ahimsa”, a term meaning ‘not to injure’. This great word encourages followers to aspire to cause no injury, or do no harm to you, the planet or ANY living creature.

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The Seventh Day Adventists here in the United States follow the Bible to the letter (Genesis 1:29) and consequently live an average of ten years longer then the most Americans and are now considered the longest living humans on planet earth; doing so in smog infested Loma Linda California just east of L.A. The book ‘The Blue Zones’ is an excellent read on the secrets to longevity.

When it comes to eating animals most people throw all religious beliefs out the window, and eat animals of all types three times a day.

I live with the belief that we are ALL creatures of God and that God resides in each one of us. So killing animals, just like killing a human, or destroying the planet He created, is really killing one of Gods creations or a piece of God Himself.

Dominion’ Humans were given “dominion” over this earth and all the creatures that reside in it.

Meaning: we are supposed to be the protectors, the overseers…not the eaters and destroyers!

Why is it so hard to give up eating animals when every act of eating an animal is death and destruction; death to the animal, destruction of the planet, and the slowest form of voluntary suicide through the act of eating animals (heart disease, cancer, diabetes)?

Why does all logic, health concerns, environmental concerns, as well as compassion, get discarded when it comes to eating animals?

It’s time every religious person as well as every non religious person walks the walk, and not just talks the talk. Be kind; treat others like you’d like to be treated, which include ALL creatures!

By the way my religion, “My Religion is Kindness!”

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What About Animal Rights?

By: David Swartz

In my discussions in the past I have touched mostly on the health and environmental benefits of eating a plant based diet however, in this blog I would like to touch on animal rights.

It is my firm belief that all animals should have rights and it is a matter of time until this happens. Some may have a hard time with this argument as it can be foreign to many people however, please keep in mind that if one looks at many of the past social movements there is a similar pattern. It is too easy to forget that not too long ago our country was discussing women’s rights such as the right to vote, civil rights for African Americans, and most recently marriage equality for the LGBT community.

To discuss women’s suffrage in the late 19th and early 20th century was a political loser and it wasn’t until 1920 when women’s right to vote was passed nationally. To think there are some people alive today that were born when women still could not vote is astounding. The same is true with civil rights for many in our country. It wasn’t until 1964 when the Civil Rights Act was passed ending state sanctioned discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin in public facilities. Before and during that time there was public outrage and a large percentage of the population against the Civil Rights Act. Most recently the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to allow same sex marriage in all 50 states passed with huge amounts of outrage that is still happening to this day.

What all of these movements have in common is that they were very unpopular when initially started however, eventually public opinion changed and what was once thought of as a fringe movement is now widely accepted in our country and many parts of the world.

The same will hold true for animal rights. Animal rights will be the next large social movement and the transition will most likely happen very similarly to the other movements. In what started as a fringe topic is only now being discussed in the mainstream.

The sheer numbers of animals used for clothing, experimentation, and of course food is astronomical. These animals suffer beyond anything we can imagine as humans. If our pets at home suffered like animals in the human consumption industry do, we would all be appalled. Remember in the past we enslaved humans because they were a different color and were thought of as subhuman. The same was true for Jews in Germany. One day our country will understand that the cow is not different than your pet dog, which is no different from the pig, which is no different from the hen, which is no different from fish, and down the line.

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       This past weekend I had the privilege of attending the Animal Rights Conference in Los Angeles California. I do say privilege as I was honored to be in the company of some of the brightest and most inspirational people on this planet. I saw firsthand the true heroes of the animal rights movement that are speaking out and devoting their lives to giving a voice to the voiceless. It was this past weekend when I quickly realized that the question is not if it will be illegal to exploit animals for food, entertainment, clothing, and experimentation, the question is when will it be illegal.

However, this won’t happen by itself. It will take a monumental effort just as it always has.

Be a voice for the voiceless. The universe will thank you.

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