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Monks have extreme dedication to their beliefs and way of life, and a recent story that takes place in the town of Palitana in the state of Gujarat, India proves their sacrifice can bring big progress.

200 monks in the town underwent a hunger strike to push for a citywide ban on animal slaughter. The town is home to one of the holiest sites in Jainism, one of the oldest religions in the world that preaches a path of nonviolence towards all living beings. About 5 million people practice this religion. Many residents of Palitana do not want any kind of killing to happen in their town due to these beliefs. So, the monks threatened to fast until death until the town was declared a 100 percent vegetarian zone. The local town government gave in to their demands and vegetarians are celebrating a victory. Refusing to eat and welcoming death if the demands are not met? Now, that’s dedication!

Overall, the mandate is awesome news! But not everyone sees it that way. Herein lies the problem of this seemingly good natured declaration:

World Crunch reported that the population of Palitana is 65,000 and about 25 percent of them are Muslim. Local Muslim religious scholar Syed Jehangir Miyan told the news source, “There are so many people living in this city, and the majority of them are non-vegetarian. Stopping them from eating a non-vegetarian diet is a violation of their rights. We have been living in this city for decades. It is wrong to suddenly put a ban on the whole city now.”

Since not everyone is so keen on the idea, the state’s high Court will decide if this declaration can indeed be legal. The vegetarian paradise might still be too good to be true – for now, at least. Monks don’t give up that easily, and we’re grateful for their sacrifice.

So, Green Monsters, what do you think about this news? Is it wrong for a state to control and restrict residents’ diets, especially if the majority of people in that location are meat eaters? Does the end justify the means? Can the plant-based eating message become lost in the process of mandating that people eat that way? Let’s discuss!

Image source: World Crunch



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13 comments on “You May Have Heard of Meatless Monday, But Now There’s an Entire Meatless City!”

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Triple Pundit
1 Years Ago

Have you seen this? http://www.triplepundit.com/2014/10/impossible-foods-building-next-bloody-meatless-burger


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Peggi Kensley
1 Years Ago

And Palitana sounds like heaven!


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Terrance Kennon
1 Years Ago

Any day without meat sounds like a bad day. Delicious carnivorous protein.


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Alexis Guest
13 Oct 2014

Cicada Monroe
14 Oct 2014

Any day with any animal products at all sounds like a bad day, to me. You can cook ANY kind of protein (which most Americans eat way too much of) in fat and salt.

Terrance Kennon
14 Oct 2014

Want the strength of a bear? Can't eat like a rabbit.

Alexis Guest
14 Oct 2014

Woah woah woah... Didn't mean to start anything. Terrance, I tagged you because you sounded interested when I told you about Meatless Monday! lol

Terrance Kennon
14 Oct 2014

Ps I'm not attacking your lifestyle or choices. My fitness goals involve mass building. Muscles on top of muscles. Can't do it with soy. Alexis , nothing started here. Just don't want to come under attack or anyone to think I'm attacking them either

Alexis Guest
14 Oct 2014

Fine with me! =)

Terrance Kennon
14 Oct 2014

I suppose this could've all been avoided if I replied to the comment you mentioned me in. Whoopsie daisy. I'm old. Technology escapes me.

Alexis Guest
14 Oct 2014

Haha..You really are old!

Kim
23 Oct 2014

Just in reply to Terrance. You\'re forgetting about gorillas, ox, and elephants. Strong animals, all vegan. Look up vegan bodybuilding if you are looking to bulk up. Christian Bale was vegetarian since a child and got jacked up for Batman. Strong man Patrik Baboumian is vegan. Brendan Brazier is vegan and has won iron-man multiple times.
Further, bears don\'t eat much meat... Fish every once inawhile when it is available but with the environment the way it is now - they rely on lots of fruits.

Alexis Guest
1 Years Ago

Terrance Kennon...Meatless Monday!


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Dr. saul shaye
1 Years Ago

I do share your view that a plant based diet is healthier, but I do not agree that this view should be imposed on the meat eating portion of that city. I think I remembered reading once that the larger primates in the wild will partake of animal products when it is made available.


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