Just trying to collect my thoughts on the recent bans relating to food in India.... To think that we can live on this earth without harming/killing other organisms is just naivity bordering on foolishness. All animals kill. Animals other than humans kill for food or territorial reasons. Humans kill for vanity as well. Do we think that by being a vegetarian our karma level is above that of non vegetarians? Even if we eat only vegetables for our entire life, we would end up killing millions in pests and bugs to defend ourselves, our home and our precious vegan fruits and vegetables. We need to feel more guitly about killing millions of silkworms for a shining piece of fabric than killing a cow for food. We need to respect the hens that give us eggs and meat just as the cow that gives us milk. Respect for all living things does not mean that we do not kill those for food. It means to treat them right when they are alive and let them have their fair share of this beautiful earth that we live in. Give them a piece of blue sky and not dark crowded cages with a bulb above. Let them graze on the green pastures and not just feed them with synthesized food that they are not genetically programmed to eat. After letting them live a full life, when you kill them, do it with respect and be thankful for the food. I read this somehwere some time back... As meat eaters, we need to kill/butcher at least one animal in our life. Only then we deserve to eat the meat. Packed meats in supermarkets has taken out the soul from meat. We need to see the life and the creator, be it cow, fish, goat, chicken or pig.