A Biblical Argument for Veganism

A Biblical Argument for Veganism

Copyright: © 2021 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/IJISSC.287829
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This paper argues that veganism is the ideal diet for a religious and spiritual Biblically endorsed lifestyle. Both Christians and Jews are guided by the Old Testament's injunctions and writings, which equally support a vegan lifestyle. Areas of discussion include G-d's first intention, the Biblical goals of preservation of health, compassion for animals, equitable sharing of food with the hungry, environmental protection and wellbeing, including conservation of resources, preserving and healing the world, seeking and pursuing peace. It concludes that in light of the animal, human, and environmental impacts of modern livestock production and consumption, veganism is the moral, ethical, and spiritually-supported choice for those who subscribe to lifestyles led and inspired by the stories, interpretations, commentaries, injunctions, and guidance of the Hebrew Bible. It also offers spiritually directed followers a sacred way to actively, yet non-violently, oppose daily human, animal, and environmental welfare violations caused by meat production and consumption.
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Classical Jewish law neither explicitly requires nor prohibits meat consumption. It does however demand, inspire and compel mindful, conscious eating via a myriad of complex, inter-relating laws, injunctions, sanctions and principles. These complex directions, restrictions and commands have stimulated centuries of religious, spiritual and philosophical debate by Judaism’s most eminent rabbis, sages and teachers about the consumption of animal flesh authoritatively documented in ancient (pre-Christian era), middle ages and contemporary manuscripts. These tombs require lifetimes of dedicated study and any in-depth analysis is beyond the scope of this paper. Discussion will thus be limited to four key Jewish texts:

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