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May 26, 2010

Religious Tradition and Concern for the Welfare of All Living Beings—Reply

JAMA. 2010;303(20):2033-2034. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.665

In Reply: I thank Drs Piekarz and Zivotofsky for correcting my overgeneralization—that a concern for the welfare of all living beings is not present in the Abrahamic religions—and providing useful information about the Judaic traditions of compassionate treatment of animals. I still do believe that in Buddhism this is carried further than in other religions. For example, sport hunting (killing animals for the enjoyment of the hunter) is prohibited in Buddhism, and in some Mahayana Buddhist schools there is a prohibition against eating animals.

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