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The Garden of Vegan

If people from all nationalities, races, religions, and creeds ever got together for a meal, only veganism could yield a meal that wouldn't offend

Artwork: “Fallen Leaves Bed” by Shinya Okayama • http://okayamashinya.com/

According to creation theory, humans were vegan long before we turned to a sinful diet of dead animals. Many religions unambiguously assert that harming an animal is never permissible, and to treat the body as a temple by ingesting healthy, non-animal based foods. If you are a follower of Judaism, Christianity or Islam, look no further than the Garden of Eden. It was a vegan haven, and Adam and Eve were the first vegans on this planet.

It's very revealing to examine how each society, culture, race, religion and ethnicity justifies eating certain animals, denying them their inherent right to be happy and free, while attempting to never harm other animals that they've arbitrarily decided to protect. If people from all nationalities, races, religions, and creeds ever got together for a meal, only veganism could yield a meal that wouldn't offend. At this table of peace, Americans would say, "We're not eating dogs, cats and horses!" Muslims and Orthodox Jews would say, "You're not feeding us pigs!" Buddhists, Seventh Day Adventists and Hindus would say, "We're not eating cows, chickens, turkeys and goats!" Jains, Rastafarians and vegans, of course, would rule out all other animal products. And the only things left to eat—the things that everybody could agree upon—would be fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains and legumes.

Veganism can resurrect Eden and create heaven on Earth. We can have a place where humans view animals in awe, and animals view humans with a curious aloofness. It's time to reconnect to the natural world for the sake of the animals, the environment and humanity. Protecting the weak is the first step to enlightenment and being truly civilized. Without animal liberation, as author Milan Kundera explains, there can be no peace on Earth: "Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test which lies deeply buried from view, consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it."

Artwork by Roger Olmos • Courtesy of Roger Olmos, FAADA (http://www.faada.org/) and Logos Edizioni
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