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Holy cows, global and local


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Raghavendra Bhat
Eating meat and the 'sustainability' factor
by Raghavendra Bhat (View MyPage) on Jun 13, 2017 10:55 AM

Whatever said and done, certain political parties are eyeing the media for electoral mileage in the name of anti-slaugther. Instead of crying hoarse, can they as responsible political entities, educate and ask people to desist from eating meat, for the plain fact that meat-eating is an unsustainable practice and cruel at that? All animal slaughter has to stop at one point in time as our resources are getting depleted faster than we can comprehend. The movie 'Cowspiracy' is bound to help people see the 'other side of the coin', how meat-eating is wrecking our 'sustainability' factor.

Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, more than the combined exhaust from all transportation. How can anybody justify supporting this? Meat-farming robs the commons, the learned Courts have to take into account the load-bearing capacity of the commons, therein answering the sustainability of meat-eating. Livestock is responsible for 65% of all human-related emissions of nitrous oxide – a greenhouse gas with 296 times the global warming potential of carbon-dioxide, and which stays in the atmosphere for 150 years. Even without fossil fuels, we will exceed our 565 gigatons CO2e limit by 2030.

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sonu kumar
Wrong interpretation of upanishad
by sonu kumar (View MyPage) on May 19, 2017 11:41 PM

The upanishad has been quoted wrongly. The sage was not giving the cows to be sacrificed. He was giving them as "daan". What is given so can not be taken back by the giver and sacrificed. Besides because of limitations of english it does not have specific separate words for "yagya" and offering. Both are sometimes called sacrifice. Yagya is not a sacrifice. Nachiketa was given to yama. Yama was not to kill him. He (in anger) and the cows had been given as offering or gift.

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sonu kumar
Wrong about the excerpt from upanishad
by sonu kumar (View MyPage) on May 19, 2017 11:01 PM  | Hide replies

The upanishad has been quoted wrongly. The sage was not giving the cows to be sacrificed. He was giving them as "daan". What is given so can not be taken back by the giver and sacrificed. Besides because of limitations of english it does not have specific separate words for "yagya" and offering. Both are sometimes called sacrifice. Yagya is not a sacrifice. Nachiketa was given to yama. Yama was not to kill him. He (in anger) and the cows had been given as offering or gift.

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sachchidanand dhar
Re: Wrong about the excerpt from upanishad
by sachchidanand dhar (View MyPage) on May 19, 2017 11:44 PM
Arundhati Das Gupta can not be trusted blindly. Everything she writes needs to be verified.

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indiamerahega
There was a time
by indiamerahega (View MyPage) on May 19, 2017 09:22 PM

There was a time when sati was practiced too. Author please enlighten us if we should start it again. Why doesnt the author advocate eating pigs in pakistan.

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