Is eating meat and possibly exploring the cattle business acceptable?
I grew up in a culture that appreciates meat and I simply can't abstain of consuming meat.
But it has been a while since I started to read and learn about the Buddha's teachings and I agree with most of it.
But one of the points I don't agree is the vegetarian diet. I understand it is necessary to avoid harming living beings, which is pretty understandable.
But I firmly believe that consuming meat as food is necessary for a healthy development. Also every doctor I talked about it (3 to be more precise) recommended me not to change my diet and keep consuming meat.
Buddha himself said we should not accept his teachings blindly.
So I want to know if there are other Buddhist who eat meat and what do they think about it.
See it's not a matter of eating only because I like it. It's about eating because it's necessary in my point of view. And also because the consumption of meat played a great role in the biological evolutionary development of humankind itself.
I think that it's impossible to live in this Reign (Earth) without harming other beings due to the natural biological relation of feeding chain that we are inserted. The best we can do is to work in ways of minimizing suffering. But in what comes to consuming meat I can't simply abstain from it. Also because I plan to have children next year and I would not risk my children health since the doctors say meat and its derivatives are necessary for a healthy development.
And also I may be joining the cattle business in the future because I might have the opportunity and also because it would be necessary for providing a better life for me and my upcoming family.
The guy who might be my partner in this business said that nowadays it's economically possibly to sacrifice the cattle for food in a non cruel way by applying an electric current trough its brain. The animal dies in less than one second and unable to feel any pain or realize what's happening.
I don't know the details but there might be some explanation why the cattle industry is still regarded as one of the most cruel business. I am not stupid to think every farm uses non cruel methods. But I'm also very interested in finding out less cruel alternatives.