Some time ago the Link Newspaper carried an article and photograph of
Ravi Chand and Sangeeta Kumar titled “Vegan Pair Credit Traditional
Indian Values for Imparting Bounty of Compassion”.
I congratulate these two for promoting compassion towards animals. However, let us look at vegetarianism from a wider angle:
In every activity of life we like to have positive results for others
and ourselves. Vegetarianism is a lifestyle that is positive and
benefits all people, animals, natural resources and the atmosphere.
Unless we examine this subject, we will not see the merits of
vegetarianism, and will not modify our lifestyle to reap positive
Let us consider the benefits of a vegetarian life:
No.1. Health: a vegetarian lifestyle promotes better general health
and longevity. It has been estimated that vegetarians live approximately
seven years longer than non-vegetarians do, and are generally
healthier. This lifestyle also helps to maintain proper weight, and
decrease the epidemic of obesity and diabetes. For health, there is
ample protein in a balanced vegetarian diet.
No. 2. Conservation: Vegetarians can be supported by half an acre of
land, but non-vegetarians require three and a half acres of land. This
is because of the need for pasture and land for growing grain and hay to
feed cattle. Enormous quantities of water are required for producing
and slaughtering animals. It requires 15 lbs. of grain to produce 1 lb.
of beef. This is the law of diminishing returns, and no sensible person
will like to make such investments.
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