Sunday, December 28, 2008

Sentimental Vegetarianism

Sentimental Vegetarianism by P. Morton Shand

New York : Knopf, 1928 - (page 160)

The Sentimental Vegetarians are the most numerous and illogical of the different sects of dietetic vegetarians, quasi-vegetarians, frutarians, nutarians and the raw vegetable nourishment stalwarts. If the pretensions of the sentimental vegetarians are to be taken seriously, not only must humanity forgo all animal foods, including milk and eggs, from ethical motives, but true to the essentially democratic principal of "sois mon frere, ou je te tu," every single race of mankind should be constrained -- by force of arms failing peaceful persuasion, since the offence is greater in the eating than in the killing -- to abstain from meat nourishment for all eternity.

After making the world safe for vegetarianism, the next step would be the organization of armed, vegetarianized, humanity (or vegetarianized armed humanity - it does not matter which, but propagandists would declare there was a world of difference) to prevent non-carnivorous animals being devoured by carnivorous, and to put a stop to the outrage of carnivorous animals preying on each other.

A Book of Food
by Morton P. Shand
(NY : Knopf, 1928)
(page 160)

Note: The French phrase: "sois mon frere, ou je te tu" is figuratively translated to mean: "be my brother, or I will kill you" 

see: Zanoni, by Edward Bulwer Lytton

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