As president of Jewish Vegetarians of North America (JVNA), I wonder why our rabbis and other Jewish leaders are ignoring that animal-based diets and agriculture violate basic Jewish mandates to take care of our health, treat animals with compassion, protect the environment, conserve natural resources, and help hungry people.
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what about the sacrificial animals offered on the altar. These were in some cases totally consumed and in other times eaten (as in the Passover Lamb) . I cannot find a place in scripture that advocates vegetarianism.