Are you a meat addict? By Maneka Gandhi The Pioneer Any stranger who wants to start a conversation with me believes that he has to concentrate on one of these three things: Asking me about the health of the environment (as if I am the only person who has eyes to see the devastation and a nose to smell the air), to complain about stray dogs (even if he has never seen one in his life), or to tell me that he/she hardly eats meat; in fact, he/she is almost a vegetarian. The last is mere self delusion: The way a smoker tells you that he can give up cigarettes any time. If I tell them to take the final step into vegetarianism, immediately I get the strangest excuses: "If we didn't eat, these animals would proliferate and there would be no space for humans beings." Are you suffering from a meat addiction? This is, in many ways, similar to a liquor addiction. Answer this simple test. a) When the doctor told you not to eat meat because of your heart condition, did you immediately ask, "Can I eat fish and chicken?" b) Do you feel insulted or unfulfilled if you go to a person's house for a meal and they don't serve meat? c) Do you grumble when you are asked to a vegetarian's house for a meal and ask, "keval ghaas-phoos milega?" d) Do you believe that eating meat is a sign of wealth or being socially upwardly mobile (khaata-peeta khandaan)? e) When you are told about the suffering of the animal you are eating do you respond with: "I didn't kill it?" f) If your children do not want to eat meat, do you force them saying, "How will you become strong otherwise?" g) Do you think that vegetarians are eccentric? h) Do you believe that you can be a vegetarian at home but if you entertain, you must serve meat to your guests? i) Do you take medicine for high cholesterol but continue to eat meat? j) Do you feel hostile, resentful or guilty in the presence of vegetarians? k) Do you enjoy cooking and food travel programmes on TV that are exclusively about killing and eating meat/fish? l) Do you buy your chicken yourself from a shop that has live chickens in cages watching you take the body of one of theirs. Have you ever noticed them? m) Do you treat meat as the main dish in your house and vegetables and dal as secondary? n) Do you believe that meat eating is good? o) Do you claim to love animals but continue to eat them? p) Do you openly say, "You only live once. What is wrong with making the best of it?" q) Do you say, "Even animals kill each other. It is the survival of the fittest?" r) Do you say, "It is a cultural thing with us. We have been doing it for centuries. We cannot change now?" s) Do you worry about what people will think of you if you become vegetarian? t) When your child tells you he wants to become vegetarian, do you immediately say, "We can't cook separately for you?" u) Do you think that hunting animals is "macho" - the thing that men do? v) Do you think that alcohol cannot be enjoyed unless you are eating meat? w) Do you think that vegetarianism is meant only for women while all men should be fed meat? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you are a meat addict. The effects of meat addiction are, to name a few: Ecoli infections, high cholesterol, heart attacks, strokes, cancer, impotence, obesity and many more. It means high acidity because that is what the animal secretes into its meat when it dies. It means that whatever disease the animal has, is likely to find root in your body. For instance chickens regularly get cholera. It also means vegetarians get ecoli and other diseases because meat shops are usually next to vegetable shops and flies spread the deadly infections from the rotting meat to all other foods. For India, it means less drinking water, no forests, polluted lakes, a high oil import bill and less money for all. I will explain those another time. All addictions, drugs, nicotine, meat, alcohol harm not just the user but everyone around him. And all users have one thing in common, they try to get other people to become as habituated so that they do not feel isolated. Examine yourself. Are you one of them? Read the complete news at: http://www.dailypioneer.com News Plus http://www.mantra.com/newsplus Jai Maharaj http://www.mantra.com/jai Om Shanti Panchaang for 22 Ashadh 5104, Sunday, July 20, 2003: Shubhanu Nama Samvatsare Dakshinaya Nartana Ritau Kark Mase Krishna Pakshe Bhanu Vasara Yuktayam Revati-Ashvini Nakshatr Sukarm-Dhriti Yog Bav-Balav Karan Saptami-Ashtami Yam Tithau Hindu Holocaust Museum http://www.mantra.com/holocaust Hindu life, principles, spirituality and philosophy http://www.hindu.org http://www.hindunet.org The truth about Islam and Muslims http://www.flex.com/~jai/satyamevajayate o Not for commercial use. Solely to be fairly used for the educational purposes of research and open discussion. 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