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Letter from Arthur Poletti to the Dalai Lama about the Environment and Eating Animals - 5 Dec 2007
December 5th 2007
“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”
The Dalai Lama
The Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama Thicken Coiling P.O. McLeod Ganja
Dharamsala H.P. 176219
His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama
Your Holiness, please use your vivid imagination and “oceans of wisdom” to consider the magnitude of the lifesaving opportunity that is outlined in this presentation that will take you on a path that is rarely traveled.
A path that only a few people like you are capable of traveling.
The journey begins here. Please follow this path to its final destination.
Your Holiness, during the golden twilight years of your life will you have the peace of mind that comes with a genuine feeling of satisfaction that you accomplished most or all of the goals you intended to?
When you occasionally think back about the many personal accomplishments in your life which accomplishment do you think will stand out as the most worthy, most meaningful and most beneficial for humans, animals, and the earth?
Is it possible that there is one more accomplishment that could be the most satisfying of all?
Your Holiness, I keep imagining what kind of amazing positive repercussions would happen if “you made an announcement broadcast throughout the world” that you are or will soon become a vegetarian or a vegan, and recommend that every animal flesh eater do the same. For the welfare of humans, animals, the earth and the earth’s atmosphere!
This type of “historic monumental announcement” promoting kindness and a full life for all farm animals coming from His Holiness, the Dalai Lama would reverberate loud and clear throughout the entire world.
Your Holiness, your brave and bold actions of expressing love and compassion for animals could go a very long way in persuading millions of people to seriously consider becoming vegetarians or vegans immediately.
Especially the millions of people that have sampled vegetarian foods, and have already considered the many benefits of not eating animal flesh.
Your Holiness, as you know if Global warming continues to escalate unchecked the earth will ultimately experience the worst kind of cataclysmic environmental disasters possibly much sooner then most environmental experts have predicted?
During the next few years a large number of cities and countryside’s throughout the world will likely be engulfed in any one or more of the following calamities.
A constant escalation of heat waves, violent torrential storms, hurricanes, catastrophic flooding, cyclones, earthquakes, tsunamis, uncontrolled wild fires, draughts, famines, diseases, and starvation.
The countless health and environmental benefits to the entire world that could be derived from solving the problem of global warming is mind boggling.
It will require brilliant people of stature that possess real wisdom, insightfulness, vision, and the political influence needed to tackle and solve the problem of the continuous expansion of a multitude of potential catastrophes caused by global warming.
Carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide together cause the vast majority of global warming. Raising animals for food is one of the largest sources of carbon dioxide and the single largest source of both methane and nitrous oxide emissions.
For these obvious and proven reasons “Removing animal flesh from the food chain” may be the only realistic, viable, manageable, enforceable, and most effective government solution immediately needed to slow down global warming.
Now is the time, before it is to late, to relentlessly confront and attack this problem, on a grand scale, with the support and participation of many of the most compassionate, brilliant, an influential people in the world.
Now, more than ever, is the time to persuade and convince hundreds of millions of people throughout the world that not only can they get along perfectly well without eating animal flesh, they can get along a great deal better, while sparing the lives of billions of animals.
Like no other remedy on earth, removing animal flesh from the food chain in most countries and persuading most societies to consume vegetarian based meals (vegetables, fruits, and grains) would most definitely result in countless numbers of profound life saving benefits for humans, animals, the earth, and the earth’s atmosphere.
More than ever before a large number of reluctant and impetuous leaders throughout the world must now, come out of the closet, to check up on the quality and nature of their own beliefs. In the light of new data gained, in the presence of new ideas accepted. An old belief may have to be changed in its form and content.
Stubborn and indifferent world leaders in every profession must have the courage to make the necessary changes to remodel existing beliefs. They must have the courage to check within themselves, to repair and refine their convictions, their beliefs, and their way of life.
Your Holiness, I think you will agree that most people in the world consciously or subconsciously “really prefer kindness and life for all animals.”
Millions of people that would prefer to live in societies that do not torture and murder vulnerable animals for their flesh.
“Now would be the perfect opportunity and the perfect time for hundreds of millions of people to prove it.”
Your Holiness, may your sincere affections and sympathy for animal’s lives generate love, compelling you to seek an identity with this cause.
May you then be inspired to become one of the prominent leaders of this most righteous campaign to permanently protect the sanctity of life for all creatures on the face of the earth?
With your invaluable leadership, along with the cooperation of brilliant and compassionate leaders everywhere, a worldwide mandate designed to emancipate all vulnerable animals from any form of cruelty could be established. A mandate that should be accepted and endorsed by most rational people and governments.
Your Holiness, I hope in your golden years, while cities and rural areas are flooding or burning around the world, due to global warming, you will not look back on your life with a deep feeling of disappointment, frustration, and regret because you did not take advantage of the amazing opportunity you had while “you were briefly in the lime light” and could have truly changed the world.
That “brief time in history” when your efforts to save the lives of billions of animals could have made a magnificent and incredibly beneficial difference to the entire world!!
Your Holiness, you may spend many years thinking and wishing “you could go back in time” to recapture the special opportunity you once had, and let slip away.
That missed opportunity that may have lead to the rescue of hundreds of millions of animals facing certain death from the terrifying horrific jaws of factory farms and slaughterhouses.
That “special time in your life” when your revolutionary actions could have been largely responsible for slowing down and ultimately stopping global warming.
Your Holiness now is your short window of opportunity to make this unprecedented effort to accomplish a goal that only a few people think is possible.
WHY NOT GO FOR IT?
Look deep into the eyes of any animal, and then for a moment, “trade places.” Their lives become as precious as your life, and you become as vulnerable as them. Now smile if you believe all animals deserve our respect and our protection. For in a way, they are us, and we are them. Philip Ochoa — All For Animals.
A kindness done in the hour of need may itself seem small, but in worth it exceeds the whole world.
Thank you Your Holiness for seriously considering this message presenting how extremely vital and important your personal endorsement and support would be.
For the sake of all humans, animals, the earth, and the earth’s atmosphere.
Arthur Poletti Western Springs, Illinois USA
Author of the back to the future short story: God Does Not Eat Meat. Read for “free” online at:
PS: The last meal of the Buddha, which is said to have hastened his death, was a meal of tainted pork.
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