We live in an age when eating non-vegetarian food is considered to be the ultimate gastronomic delight; many misguided youngsters think that red meat, fish and chicken are trendy, exotic and energising. “How can we live without meat?” is the cry heard from many youngsters, even those born into vegetarian families.
One life manifests itself in all creation: it sleeps in the stone, it dreams in the plants, it stirs in animals and it wakes in man. These stages also serve to indicate that animals are capable of feeling pain and suffering, while plants are not.
There are many people who object loudly: “How do you know that plants do not feel pain and do not suffer when you pluck their fruits for food?”
We do not have the right to take away that which we cannot give back. I can take away the life of animal: but I cannot give it back to the animal I have killed. The life of that animal is as precious, as dear to the creature as my life is to me.