Vegetarian Lifestyle: By Dr. Shyam Subramanian
Question from a student: As a Hindu living in the U.S., should I remain a vegetarian? If I include meat in my diet there are so many more choices in restaurant menus. Also, when I go to parties I feel awkward telling the host that I can’t eat many of their meat dishes. It is really uncomfortable. I see many of my Indian friends eating meat and fish and caviar and whatever is available and I feel they are more accepted socially in the western culture and that will help them get ahead professionally as well and make more money. As an American born in India, I feel very conflicted about this whole vegetarianism issue. There is pressure from my family to remain a vegetarian but my friends who are not vegetarians are having a better time at my college it seems.
Answer By Dr. Shyam Subramanian
It is stated “plant is not something which has an advanced level of consciousness that enables it to feel fear, pain, and distress unlike say a lamb or a cow”.Famous botanist, Jagdish Chandra Bose, claimed that even trees have the feeling of pain and pleasure.Is it false?
I enjoyed reading your article. However I would like to suggest that the phrase ‘there is no meat-eating without violence’ should be amended to ‘there is no consumption of animal products without violence’ because if someone drinks milk or eats cheese they are equally complicit in violence. In order for milk to arrive nicely packaged in our supermarkets, the cows which provide it need to be kept permanently pregnant. What happens to the endless supply of calves which are the product of this? They are killed of course. So if we drink milk we’re involved in violence (unless we happen to have ‘our own’ cow in our back garden of course).
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