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As a part animal (wer-lobster) I am always pleased to hear about peoples edible pets experiences and interactions with wild, domesticated and farmed animals.
I was very impressed with the dairy farm run by the ahimsa school of Hari Krishna at the former Beatle home that I visited.
The New Gokula farmers consider themselves Buddhists as Buddha and a Divine Fish are incarnations of Vishnu ...
Traditionally unlike the Vishnu based Buddhists, Theravadin and other monks are not allowed to till the land in case they inadvertently slice ground based life with a plough. Far better for the lays to take the karmic hit!
As a circumstantial omnivore and mass murderer when gardening, I still love and cherish the animals that escape my atrocities. No enslaved animals pets sadly at the moment. However I am trying to speak more animal languages, most of which understand the universal language of metta.
Do we respect, anthropomorphise, become soppy etc around Bambi and our animal relatives? Are animals people (my belief incidentally) - yes lobsters are cannibals ... Do you prefer the company of animals? Maybe animals are representative of psychological states? Perhaps most pertinently can animals become enlightened?