Chakra Living

Why Not Vegan?

by Robert Newman

Posted May 29, 2006

In response to Bhakta Jason's recent article "Vegan Ethics," the Vaisnava prohibition against eating meat, fish, and eggs is based primarily upon the quality of mercy or compassion. Vegans simply take that principle one logical step further than non-vegan vegetarians by refusing to support the abominable treatment of cows by the dairy industry, which is as bad as (or worse than) the meat industry in that regard. How could such an extension of compassion to cows in any way damage one's devotional life? Jason's question surprised me very much, and I would welcome further discussion.