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YOU WILL BE FOLLOWING THE WISDOM OF THE GREAT SPIRITUAL TRADITIONS Saint Francis of Assisi ate a largely vegetarian

diet and John Wesley (founder o f the Methodist Church) was a strict vegetarian. The diet God ordains in Eden is strictly vegetarian. (Genesis 1:29-30) A long l ine of Jewish and Christian commentators have taught that granting permission to eat meat is portrayed in the Bible as a concession to human weakness. In Buddhism, Jainism, and Hinduism, vegetarianism is a part of daily life Indian traditions teach that vegetarian diets modify the chemistry and hormonal balance of our bodies, promoting calm, focus and increased energy The Prophet Muhammad had compassion for dogs, and preached compassion for ALL an imals Today in the U.S,. kosher and halal meats are not slaughtered any more humanely than any other meats Many spiritual practices view vegetarianism as a basic prerequisite, opening hu man possibilities that are closed to those who cannot curb the desire for flesh Also, just an aside from me - i read a book once, a long time ago, that mentione d research into those who kill animals, whether in hunting, or in slaughterhouse s. Apparently they suffer from higher rates of sickness, depression, and suicide . it was thought that the suffering of the animals affects them on an unconscious level, or even karmically that the harm they cause the animals becomes part of t heir souls, having an adverse effect on their minds and bodies as well