We Ignore Their Cries For Mercy

Being vegetarian is okay, and in fact we have the Hadith in Islam that encourages us to eat less meat.
( Mohammad Al-Shirazi, Islamic author and scholar )

I do feel that spiritual progress does demand at some stage that we should cease to kill our fellow creatures for the satisfaction of our bodily wants.
( Mahatma Gandhi )

It is necessary to correct the error that vegetarianism has made us weak in mind, or passive or inert in action.. I do not regard flesh-food as necessary at any stage.
( Mahatma Gandhi )

I do not see any reason why animals should be slaughtered to serve as human diet when there are so many substitutes.. After all, man can live without meat.
( The Dalai Lama )

I hold flesh-food to be unsuited to our species.. We err in copying the lower animal world if we are superior to it.
( Mahatma Gandhi )

I look my age.. It is the other people who look older than they are.. What can you expect from people who eat corpses ?
( George Bernard Shaw )

Oh, my fellow men, do not defile your bodies with sinful foods.. We have corn, we have apples bending down the branches with their weight, and grapes swelling on the vines.. There are sweet-flavoured herbs, and vegetables which can be cooked and softened over the fire, nor are you denied milk or thyme-scented honey.. The earth affords a lavish supply of riches, of innocent foods, and offers you banquets that involve no bloodshed or slaughter.. Only beasts satisfy their hunger with flesh, and not even all of those, because horses, cattle, and sheep live on grass.
( Pythagorus, c.570-c.495 )

I’m no shrinking violet.. I played hockey until half my teeth were knocked down my throat.. And I’m extremely competitive on a tennis court.. But that experience at the slaughter-house overwhelmed me.. When I walked out of there, I knew I would never again harm an animal.. I knew all the physiological, economic, and ecological arguments supporting vegetarianism, but it was first-hand experience of man’s cruelty to animals that laid the real groundwork for my commitment to vegetarianism.
( Peter Burwash )

He who, seeking his own happiness, punishes or kills beings who also long for happiness, will not find happiness after death.
( Buddhist Dhammapada )

We are all God’s creatures.. That we pray to God for mercy and justice while we continue to eat the flesh of animals that are slaughtered on our account is not consistent.
( Isaac Bashevis Singer )

Vegetarianism is a greater progress.. From the greater clearness of head and quicker apprehension motivated him to become a vegetarian..
( Benjamin Franklin )

Various philosophers and religious leaders tried to convince their disciples and followers that animals are nothing more than machines without a soul, without feelings.. However, anyone who has ever lived with an animal, be it a dog, a bird, or even a mouse, knows that this theory is a brazen lie, invented to justify cruelty.
( Isaac Bashevis Singer )

To be non-violent to human beings and to be a killer or enemy of the poor animals is Satan’s philosophy.. In this age there is always enmity against poor animals, and therefore the poor creatures are always anxious.. The reaction of the poor animals is being forced on human society, and therefore there is always strain of cold or hot war between men, individually, collectively or nationally.
( A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, 1896-1977 )

Let him not destroy, or cause to be destroyed, any life at all, nor sanction the acts of those who do so.. Let him refrain from even hurting any creature, both those that are strong and those that tremble in the world.
( Suita-Nipata, Buddhist )

But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh we deprive a soul of the sun and light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy.
( Plutarch, c.45-c.120 )

The man who regards his own life and that of his fellow creatures as meaningless is not merely unhappy but hardly fit for life.
( Albert Einstein )

The Prophet Himself Is Not Known To Have Partaken Cow Meat…
In his entire lifetime, the Prophet himself is not known to have partaken cow meat.. According to well known Islamic scholars, there is no Hadith available which confirms that the Prophet in fact ate beef.. However, there are a number of authenticated statements of the Prophet, which does confirm that beef, ie cow’s meat (also called bovine meat), contains illness, while the cow’s milk and fat contain cure and healing.
For example, Imam Suyuti in his al-Jami as-Saghir narrates that the Messenger of Allah said, “The milk of the bovine (cow) contains healing, its fat is a medicine, and its meat a cause for sickness.”.. Abu al-Qasim Sulaiman ibn Ahmad ibn Al-Tabarani, one of the most important Hadith scholars, referred to the aforementioned Hadith as authentic, and so did Bayhaqi in his Sunan and Hakim in his Mustadrak.
From Fatwa-e-Humayuni to Darul Mukhtiar to Maulana Hassan Nizami and Hakim Ajmal Khan, the message has been reiterated time and again that cow slaughter is not mandated in Islam, that poor Muslims are not obliged to offer sacrifice and that neither the Holy Quran or Arab traditions support cow sacrifice.. There have been many instances related to cow protection during the life and times of Khwaja Gareeb Nawaz Moinuddin Chishti of Ajmer.. Hazrat Hamiduddin Nagori of Rajasthan is said to have been a vegetarian all his life and entry to the Dargah after eating meat is explicitly prohibited even today.
What is debatable is the specious argument that beef eating is an integral part of Islamic lifestyle and, therefore, protests against cow slaughter is prejudicial to their freedom of religion and the right to choice of food.. A close perusal of Islamic texts, and views of noted Islamic scholars and clergy worldwide, reveal that, forget any prescription for eating beef, Islam does not prohibit vegetarianism.. In fact, there are well known devout Muslims who practice vegetarianism..  Hazrat Ali Ibn Abi Talib, the cousin and son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad, the fourth Khalifa as per Sunni belief, has been quoted in Sharh Nahjul Balagha, as saying, “Do not make your stomach a graveyard of animals”.

How brave and how proud we must be to abuse and terrorise defenceless animals from the day they are born, and then ignore their cries and their screams for mercy before we brutally slaughter them.
( R.S. Hutchison )

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