Posted May 29, 2011
I would like to request a senior devotee to please write an article on the topic of devotees keeping pets. These are my areas of concern:
(i) Temples do not have pets because they are perceived as muchi. But devotees living outside may need to keep a pet dog or cat for different reasons:
(a) for protection;
(b) for companionship if they are old and alone;
(c) devotees may find themselves living with karmi family members who have this lifestyle;
(d) they may be raising children and feel it necessary to have a pet for their sake;
(e) be moved out of compassion to adopt a stray animal.
So these are my questions in this regard. If devotees have pets
1. Do we never feed them meat pet food?
2. Do we allow them to stay in our house? If not, what if it is very cold outside or dangerous, etc? Would taht not be cruel?
3. If we pet them and play with them, are we contaminated and cannot honor prasad, etc after that until we have had a full bath?
I think many, many devotees find themselves in a very difficult situation with regard to pets so I think it would be a great idea to address this issue. Quotes from Srila Prabhupada or Srila Narayan Maharaja with regard to things they have said about pets would be most appreciated.
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