Speciesism is the assigning of different values or rights to beings on the basis of their species membership.”the widespread discrimination that is practised by man against other species … Speciesism is discrimination, and like all discrimination it overlooks or underestimates the similarities between the discriminator and those discriminated against.”
I cannot, in good conscience, speak here daily about compassion and equanimity without exposing the existence and realities of Speciesism.
In today’s society, racism is being eliminated and religious borders are being broken down. Yet most people give no thought about the life and death decision that they make regarding other species every day.
While most people consider themselves to be animal lovers, we mindlessly slice into a juicy steak or bite into some fried chicken without any thought of what just happened.
A decision was made that a life was of no value, and it’s killing was of no concern.
Yet how many of us have a dog or cat for a pet that we love like a Family member? We have love and compassion for them, care for them when they are ill, and weep when they die.
How did we decide the value and preciousness of that life, yet have total disregard for another life? Sanctity for one life, disdain for another.
If any of us can see the effects of kamma in the World, what kind of kamma are we generating by these mindless acts of Speciesism?
On a grand scale, I can see this kamma already impacting us in so many ways. Alarming amounts of new research are now showing how the consumption of meat is the leading cause of various cancers, diabetes, heart disease, birth defects and more. This does not take into account the tremendous environmental and ecological destruction that has also been caused by factory farming.
The cruelty, abuse, torture and killing of millions of innocent beings lies solely in our hands.
Where is our compassion? Where is our equanimity? Where is the loving kindness or cultivation of peace in this?
My only intention in discussing this with you, is one of raising mindfulness. Each of us is in charge of our own path, and is responsible for our own decisions. I hold no judgement of you regardless of your choices.
May all living beings be free of torture, suffering, and abuse. May they live in safety and harmony with one another. May they be well, happy and peaceful.