"You must not use your God-given body for killing God's creatures, whether they are human, animal or whatever." - Yajur Veda 12.32.90 (>10,000 -5,000 BC)
"Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way. Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty:
and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags." -Proverbs 23:19-21
"I do not regard flesh-food as necessary for us at any stage and under any clime in which it is possible for human beings ordinarily to live. I hold flesh-food to be unsuited to our species. We err in copying the lower animal world - if we are superior to it." Mahatma Gandhi, His Mission and Message
"Ahimsa is not causing pain to any living being at any time through the actions of one's mind, speech, or body." - Sandilya Upanishad
"He who injures harmless creatures from a wish to give himself pleasure, never finds happiness in this life or the next." - Manu Samhita 5.45
"He will devour in the next world, whose flesh I eat in this life; the wise declare this to be the real meaning of the word 'flesh' ." - Manu Samhita 5.55
"The sins generated by violence curtail the life of the perpetrator. Therefore, even those who are anxious for their own welfare should abstain from meat-eating." - Mahabharat, Anu.115.33
"He who desires to augment his own flesh by eating the flesh of other creatures, lives in misery in whatever species he may take his [next] birth." - Mahabharat, Anu.115.47
"Those sinful persons who are ignorant of actual religious principles...commit violence against innocent animals..." - Shrimad Bhagavat Purana 11.5.14
"Ahimsa is the greatest religion."
- Padma Purana 1.31.27 S
"Even for the purpose of a deity or
ancestral yagna (sacrificial offering), [devotees]
should not kill animals like goat, deer, rabbit, or fish, because all
scriptures reveal that non-violence is itself the greatest religion." Swaminarayan Bhagwan's first command in the Shikshapatri,
"The greatness of a nation and its
moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
"I hold today the same opinion as I held then.
Sadgamaya, Tamasoma Jyotirgamaya, Mrityorma Amritamgamaya, Om Shantih, Shantih, Shantih!