Thought Provoking Quotes: I Do Not Regard Flesh Eating as Necessary For Us…

Every so often, I will include a quote concerning human rights, animal rights, and the environment which will focus on anything motivating, uplifting or informative concerning these issues. Often a good and simple quotation can send a quick message and be more effective in this harried world of ours when people seem to have less and less time to read lengthy articles.

Most of the quotes will include a graphic, usually a photograph I have taken but also the work of other people if copyright permits.

The idea is to spread a message via my photography and the photography and graphics of others the quotations of the famous and maybe the not so famous. Please feel free to share my images, which have a creative commons license. If the images are mine you will find a link to a full sized photograph included in my flickr album titled simply Quotations.

Today’s Quote comes from Mahatma Ghandi

I do not regard flesh food as necessary for us .....

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More information about Ghandi and his advocacy of vegetarianism

The following is an extraction from my website Think Differently About Sheep.

Animal Rights: A History
Mohandas Karamchand Ghandi

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi 2 October 1869 – 1948 was born in Porbandar, a coastal town in present-day Gujarat, India. He was commonly called by the honorific Mahatma Gandhi, which means great soul, first applied to him by Rabindranath Tagore.

Officially honoured as the father of India, Gandhi was the pre-eminent political and spiritual leader during the Indian independence movement. He was a champion of Satyagraha, (‘devotion to truth’) a nonviolent way to address wrongs by peaceful civil disobedience based upon the philosophy of ahimsa – nonviolence.

Often overlooked is Gandhi’s commitment to peace also included non human animals and Gandhi was one of his eras great advocates of vegetarianism.

During his time in London he joined and was a member of the executive committee of the vegetarian society which was established 1847 with the aim of promoting understanding and respect for vegetarian lifestyles. As a member of the society he published several articles in various newspapers defending vegetarianism. Gandhi also continued his journalist support of vegetarianism during his time in South Africa.

Gandhi was born to Vegetarian parents who belonged to the Hindu sect of Vaishnavism, but he was also influenced by the religious traditions of Jainism, which included such concepts as compassion for all sentient beings, vegetarianism, fasting for self-purification, and mutual tolerance between individuals of different creeds. Such ideologies would play an important role throughout his adult life.

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10 thoughts on “Thought Provoking Quotes: I Do Not Regard Flesh Eating as Necessary For Us…

    • Thank you for your comment, I hope that one day people will see the incongruity of considering one animal a pet and the other as food. Lambs and other farm animals are sentient creatures just like cats and dogs and suffer in the same way and want to live and live free from pain and other abuse.

  1. I think animal rights, human rights, pacifism, equality, non-discrimination of any sort, feminism, environmentalism are all connected, aren’t they? If I had to sum up my philosophy of life in one word, I think it would be ‘ahimsa’ – a beautiful word on which to meditate. I’m going to like this series!

    • I agree wholeheartedly. Ahimsa with its philosophy of non-violence to all beings is indeed a beautiful word and concept. It is the way that we should all live our lives and if only we did this the world would be a better place for all, both human and non human animals.

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