Today all are aware that the global warming, ecological
crisis and environmental pollution is threatening the entire human race making
it a matter of grave concern for all, especially for those who are
conscientiously aware. For those who are not know that when one life is
threatened all life is at risk. It is all very well to say that individuals must wrestle with
their consciences--but only if their consciences are awake and informed.
Industrial society, alas, hides animals’ suffering and does not allow the
conscience to awake.
When we observe minutely around us we
see that even nature sees the whole universe as a great cosmic mechanism with
its own self-propelling force. We being part of that mechanism we are
responsible for conducting ourselves in harmony and rhythm with the nature and
rest of the living beings. It is important to know
that each of us is a vital thread in another’s life tapestry and so our lives
are woven together for a reason, reason to survive and to live in peace and let
others live in peace.
It is with this view that the core teaching of Dharma
(Religion) has remained to be Ahinsa
since time immemorial. All its practitioners are vegetarians consuming neither
meat, fish, fowl, poultry nor eggs. Now with increasing awareness and knowledge
of the torturous lives the animals live in the factory farms, there are
millions all over the world who have upgraded themselves to becoming VEGANS.
*They live on plant based food, so exclude flesh, fish, fowl, dairy
products such as animal milk, butter, cheese, yogurt (curd), eggs, honey,
animal gelatin and all other items of animal origin like leather, silk, wool,
*All those who practice Ahinsa Parmo Dharma (Ahinsa is the
supreme religion) would not take any life for food, fashion or sport.
*It is time we face the truth and see how much suffering
is involved in one tall glass of milk.Milk is a deadly poison. Each sip contains growth hormones, fat,
cholesterol, allergenic proteins, blood, pus, antibiotic, bacteria and virus.
* It is with the increased prosperity, people are
consuming more and more amount of meat and dairy products every year. Global
meat production is projected to more than double from 229 million tons in
1999/2001 to 465 million tons in 2050, while milk output is set to climb from
580 to 1043 million tons.
agriculture produces more greenhouse gas emissions than automobiles. Cows
raised for beef and dairy, in particular, emit massive amounts of nitrous oxide
waste and feed cropland dump more pollutants into our waterways than all other
human activities combined.
diets require 10-20 times as much land as plant-based diets – nearly half of
the world's grains & soybeans are fed to animals.
*Cows produce milk for
the same reason that humans do—to nourish their young.
*Calves born on dairy
farms are taken from their mothers when they are just one day old and fed milk replacers
so that humans can have the milk instead.
*In order to keep a
steady supply of milk, the cows are repeatedly impregnated.
*Several times a day, dairy cows are hooked by their udders to electronic milking machines, which can cause the cows to suffer electrical shocks, painful lesions, and mastitis. Their udders become sore and heavy with the milking machines and touch the floors.*Several times a day, dairy cows are hooked by their udders to electronic milking machines, which can cause the cows to suffer electrical shocks, painful lesions, and mastitis. Their udders become sore and heavy with the milking machines and touch the floors.
*Some spend their entire
lives standing on concrete floors; others are crammed into massive mud lots.
*Although cows would
naturally make only enough milk to meet the needs of their calves (around 16
pounds a day), genetic manipulation, antibiotics, and hormones are used to
force each cow to produce more than 18,000 pounds of milk a year (an average of
50 pounds a day).
*In order to further
increase profits, Bovine Growth Hormone (BGH), a synthetic hormone, is now
being injected into cows to get them to produce even more milk. The hormones
adversely affect the cows’ health and increase the rate of birth defects in
their calves. BGH may also cause breast and prostate cancer in humans.
*Cows have a natural
lifespan of about 25 years and can produce milk for eight or nine years and when
their milk production drops they are sent to the slaughter house.
*The stress caused by
factory farm conditions leads to disease, lameness, and reproductive problems
that render cows worthless to the dairy industry by the time they are four or
five years old, at which time they are sent to the slaughterhouse.
Cruelty in a Crate
consumers realize that veal is a direct by-product of the dairy industry.
*In order for dairy cows
to produce milk, they must be impregnated.
*While female calves are
slaughtered or added to the dairy herd, many male calves are taken from their
mothers when they are as young as one day old and chained in tiny stalls to be
raised for veal.
*Confinement is so
extreme that they cannot even turn around or lie down comfortably. As author
John Robbins notes, "The veal calf would actually have more space if, instead
of chaining him in such a stall, you stuffed him into the trunk of a
subcompact car and kept him there for his entire life.”
*Many veal calves are
deliberately kept anemic in order to produce light-colored meat, which
fetches higher prices in restaurants. Their liquid-based, iron-deficient
diets cause numerous health problems.
*Motherless and alone,
they suffer from ulcers, diarrhea, pneumonia, and lameness.
*After three to 18
weeks of this deprivation, they are trucked to the slaughterhouse, where
their young lives are taken from them.
calves are chained by their necks in tiny crates & fed an anemia-inducing
Cows are extremely gentle and
affectionate animals, forming strong bonds with one another, particularly
between mother and child. As Michael Klaper M.D. recalls "The very saddest
sound in all my memory was burned into my awareness at age five on my uncle’s
dairy farm in Wisconsin. A cow had given birth to a beautiful male calf...On
the second day after birth, my uncle took the calf from the mother and placed
him in the veal pen in the barn—only ten yards away, in plain view of his
mother. The mother cow could see her infant, smell him, hear him, but could
not touch him, comfort him, or nurse him. The heartrending bellows that she poured
forth—minute after minute, hour after hour, for five long days—were
excruciating to listen to. They are the most poignant and painful auditory
memories I carry in my brain.”
*Does the above facts and truth strike a chord
in your heart, or is it another piece of information to read and forget about
it? Think, ponder and then decide. It’s your life, it’s your choice.
*Today the dairy cows and buffaloes in India also go through the
same fate as their counter parts in western countries, becoming milking
machines for human beings.
*The cows and buffaloes are kept pregnant
every year for a consecutive 9-10 years period by artificial insemination.
*As soon as the she stops
yielding milk, she is dragged to the slaughter house for beef meat. The life
span of a cow is 15- 20 years but she dies in 4-5 years.
*Poor calves are deprived of
their mother’s milk that is rightfully theirs. They are fattened by hormone
injections and kept in dark sheds away from sunlight in oppressed conditions,
preparing them for veal meat.
*These cows’ milk is for their
calves but now milked for human beings.
*Their calves go hungry without
a drop of milk and we become the cause (Nimitta) for their hunger and
slaughter, violating the first vow of Ahinsa.
*This also affects our
longevity (Ayushya) Karma. Reducing the longevity of others we reduce our
*The Jains believe that to take
anything without the permission of their owner is a theft (Adattadan).
*They also know that it is
acquiring the Karma of Obstruction (Antaraya) causing the separation of mother
and its baby.
*Mahavir has emphasized
foregoing passion creating foods in daily life (Vigaya).
*All dairy products are passion
*Giving up dairy and becoming
Vegan we incur minimum of negative karmas and thus purify ourselves.
*Knowing the facts and yet if
we are not able to change our food habits and give up dairy products we have to
question our beliefs and commitment to dharma.
*How can we be at peace if we
are causing pain and suffering to innocent living beings?
*The law of nature - Dharma is
nothing but cause and effect. What we sow that we grow. Whatever suffering is
caused to animals comes back to us like a boomerang?
*So becoming VEGAN is one of the most
important and effective actions we can take to ease the strain on our Earth’s
limited resources, protect the planet from pollution, prevent global warming,
and save countless species from extinct.
To sum this up, let me quote Mahavir who expressed it succinctly:
who neglects or disregards the existence
of earth, water,
fire, air, vegetation and other living beings