The time will come when humans such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of humankind.
Leonardo da Vinci
A friend of mine recently mourned the death of her dog. As she shared photos and stories of this long-time companion, I could hear her pain and joy. The pain of loss. The joy of a shared journey. As I reflect on the quote from Leonardo Di vinci (see above) I question my diet. I love animals. As a pescatarian (a vegetarian diet that includes seafood) I question how I live out that love. My brother shared with me a film entitled “Meet your Meat”. It explores the inhumane treatment of animals in the process of getting them to our tables as food. Even under the best conditions, slaughtering animals for food seems less than the ideal for honoring all sentient beings. To truly live a life of gentle simplicity is a movement towards ending the suffering of all sentient beings. My movement toward wholeness and honoring all beings continues.
anthony glenn miller
Kindness and compassion towards all living things is a mark of a civilized society. Conversely, cruelty, whether it is directed against human beings or against animals, is not the exclusive province of any one culture or community of people.
The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden.