Non-religious and Roman Catholic politicians in Belgium, Denmark and some other European countries may try to implement laws so that the religious people feel forced to leave that country. Throughout the European continent we find politicians who propose a bill that would criminalise the circumcision of male children for non-medical reasons. with that law and the law forbidding kosher slaughtering and forbidding to wear religious signs or symbols, or head-coverings, several politicians are trying to limit religious freedom and freedom of expression. With the ban on kosher or halal slaughtering and with the ban of circumcision they try to have religious people out of their comfort zone in the hope they would leave the country.
At the moment Europe is pressed as a sandwich by those who want to limit people entering the nation and those who would like to have freedom of expression and freedom of religion and those who want teshu’ah or safety for their inhabitants. Several politicians also want to be popular and because of the majority of the population having no idea what kosher slaughtering is, they paint it as something terrible, not showing people how terrible the industrial slaughtering is and how much animals have to suffer in that system of meat production.
In this godless world there are many people who are not concerned with the health of nature and who are not willing to consider the impact of their food consumption. mankind has to be seriously aware of its impact to our world system.
Lovers of God should know that originally the Divine Creator created the earth and the living beings with man in the gan so that he could have enough plants for his consumption. Not having enough kosher meat in Belgium should bring Jews and Muslims to eat more vegetables.
According to the Torah, God placed man in the Gan Eden and asked human beings to be vegans in his very first conversation with Adam and Eve (Bereshith 1:29). In fact, the Elohim issued those instructions right after he gave humans “dominion” over the animals. From that “dominion” we can take it that there expectation of killing animals for food.
The great 13th century Jewish philosopher Nachmanides explained God’s reason for excluding meat from His dietary ideal:
Moses Ben Nahman, also called Naḥamani, or, by acronym, Ramban, wrote,
“possess a moving soul and a certain spiritual superiority which in this respect make them similar to those who possess intellect (human beings) and they have the power of affecting their welfare and their food and they flee from pain and death.”
Another great Medieval sage, Rabbi Joseph Albo, offered an additional reason.
“In the killing of animals there is cruelty, rage, and the accustoming of oneself to the bad habit of shedding innocent blood,”
Rabbi Albo wrote.
Immediately after giving these dietary instructions, God saw everything that he had made and
“behold, it was very good” (Bereshith 1:31).
Today, some of our most prominent rabbis are vegan or vegetarian, in accordance with the Torah ideal. And it is no coincidence that a vegan diet is the simplest way to be kosher. Not demanding a kosher piece of meat brings also no reason to go in against the laws of the country. It also does not give any reason to leave the country and as such shall not have those politicians win.
Abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, and an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals, farmed animals, working animals and animals in sport all contribute in pollution of the air. Eating less meat shall reduce the Methane, emitted by the digestion of food by lesser animals, for example cattle.
For some, health may be a motivating factor to switching to a plant-based diet. Vegan diets can be rich with vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium, and, yes, protein! There have been several studies which link a vegan lifestyle to decreases risk of cancer, diabetes and premature death.
But let us not forget the importance of our healthy planet.
A healthy planet is also important for our own health. From the air we breathe to the water we drink to the temperature of our planet, we know that decreasing the human foot print on the Earth and its resources is good for our health. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO = oldest permanent specialized agency of the United Nations, established in October 1945 with the objective of eliminating hunger and improving nutrition and standards of living by increasing agricultural productivity) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have shown the dairy and meat industry are having a detrimental impact on our environment. Can’t be healthy beings, without a healthy planet!
Stopping the abuse, exploitation of and cruelty to animals is not the only reason to become vegan, but for most this is a main factor in embracing a plant-based diet and lifestyle. From a standpoint of compassion for all life, many who embrace veganism simply cannot justify taking a life from a living, feeling being that does not want to die. Compassion amongst humanity and for all animal life is inextricably linked.
Judaism teaches that we are forbidden to be cruel to animals and that we must treat them with compassion. Since animals are part of God’s creation, people have special responsibilities to them. These concepts are summarized in the Hebrew phrase tsa’ar ba’alei chayim, the biblical mandate not to cause “pain to any living creature.” While the Torah clearly indicates that people are to have “dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that creeps upon the earth” (Bereshith 1:28), there was to be a basic relatedness, and people were to consider the rights of animals. Animals are also God’s creatures, possessing sensitivity and the capacity for feeling pain; hence they must be protected and treated with compassion and justice.
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