Did you know that our body digests fruits in one hour, vegetables, such as potatoes in three hours, but that the latest medical researches show that it takes 24 to 72 hours to fully digest meat? Also according to The Independent, red meat is linked to diseases like Alzheimer’s, bowel cancer and high cholesterol.
Vegetarians tend to have faster digestion transit times than non-vegetarians, according to another study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, the distribution of transit times for non-vegetarians was between 31 hours and 96 hours. The transit times for vegetarians ranged from 27 hours to 54 hours. The average transit time for the vegetarian group was thus nearly 24 hours faster than for non-vegetarians
We know too for quite some time that the production of beef is around 10 times more damaging to the environment than any other form of livestock. Beef cattle need 28 times more land and 11 times more irrigation water than pork, poultry, eggs or dairy. Livestock and their by-products account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.
Yet, Uttar Pradesh has become one large slaughterhouse for cows with Mulayam Singh’s government giving licences for meat export slaughterhouses by the hundred. Rampur, Ghaziabad, Moradabad, Aligarh, Agra, this is the Muslim belt and thousands of cows are brought in daily to be killed. From Rajasthan they pour in to Mewat which is a 90% Muslim district. From the other side of Rajasthan they go in the thousands to Gujarat where they are killed in Porbandar, Daman and Diu, and then the meat is taken to Mumbai. Thousands in turn go from all over Maharashtra to be killed at Deonar illegally. From Orissa and Bihar they are herded to West Bengal and go through to Bangladesh which has a beef export of 1 lakh tones a year without having any cows or buffaloes of its own
Did you know that cows and buffaloes are forced to trudge hundreds of miles without food or water and with little rest ? Animals are beaten mercilessly and driven forward in the searing Indian heat. Their tails are broken deliberately, and tobacco and chilli peppers are rubbed into their eyes in order to drive them on or force them to stand up when they collapse Their hooves are often bleeding and worn down to stumps When transported by truck, cattle suffer unimaginably because of terrible overcrowding. Crammed on top of each other in the trucks, the cows trample one another, unable to avoid suffocating each other and gouging and blinding each other with their horns. When they are unloaded, the cows who can still stand are pulled or forced to jump from the high truck beds, often breaking legs and pelvises. Those who have collapsed are dragged from the trucks and left lying where other cows are unloaded on top of them.
Once inside the slaughterhouse, their legs are often hacked off or they are skinned while still alive. In Kerala they also have a unique way of killing them – they beat their heads to a pulp with a dozen hammer blows. A well-intentioned visitor from the West, trying to improve slaughterhouse practice in Kerala, exhorted them to use stun guns, saying that the meat of an animal killed in this fashion (rather than having its throat slit) tasted sweeter. The stun guns that she left behind quickly broke and fell into disuse, but the belief that the meat was sweeter took hold – which explains this horrible method of slaughtering.
In some countries of the West, like England, people are steadily going towards vegetarianism. In London for instance, some of the best hotels, offer stunning vegetarian Buffets, with a variety of dishes that are both imaginative and as delicious as meat. Tofu, for example, can actually be made in so many different ways, some tasting like meat. I have also seen Bengalis cooking jackfruit that tastes like beef stew.
Yet, there was such a hue and cry in India, She who has given to the world the concept of vegetarianism, over the banning of meat for a few days in the week. It is interesting that those leafing the anti-Beef ban were from two groups : Bollywoood and the Valley of Kashmir – and both these groups have a Muslim majority. Yet Hindus, respect all the animals from which the mankind benefits. As, different products are manufactured from cow’s milk including – butter, buttermilk, yogurt, cheese, etc. Cow is revered in Hinduism as mother, as we get milk from it without giving anything in return, completely unconditional service like mothers do for their children. From a rational point of view, a cow intakes only grass, feed and some water but in return it provides us with so many beneficial products.
In conclusion, as @SriSri so rightly says: “Life in its infinite forms exists as one organic unity. We are part of it: the part should feel reverence for the whole. That is the idea of vegetarianism. It simply means: don’t destroy life. It simply means: life is God — avoid destroying it, otherwise you will be destroying the very ecology.