For over 40-years I have been walking the path of a vegetarian lifestyle and most of that time a vegan. I truly believe that real benevolence or compassion encompasses itself through the whole of existence and sympathizes with the suffering of every creature capable of sensation.
Vegetarianism is a way to live with a minimum of hurt to other beings, for to consume meat, fish, fowl or eggs is to participate indirectly in acts of cruelty and violence against the animal kingdom. The abhorrence of injury and killing of any kind leads quite naturally to a vegetarian diet. The meat-eater’s desire for meat drives another to kill and provide that meat. The act of the butcher begins with the desire of the consumer.