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Open Minds: The Mindful Carnivore with Tovar Cerulli (July 2013)

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Many of us are so blithely disconnected from our foods that we are unaware of what it takes to bring meat to the table. Reports of cruelty, chemical additives, and unsanitary facilities motivate many meat eaters to become vegetarians. There may be a way we can have a compassionate connection with our food, even when it comes from an animal. Author of The Mindful Carnivore, Tovar Cerulli tells of the emotional and spiritual dilemmas he faced as a longtime vegan who later decided to hunt for his own meat, in this interview with Regina Meredith originally webcast July 16, 2013.

Tovar Cerulli became a vegetarian at twenty when he was moved by the compassionate words of Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh and concerned about the ecological impacts of the meat industry. After a decade as a vegan, he returned to omnivory and decided to take his dietary ethics for a walk in the woods with deer-rifle in hand.

Regina Meredith
Tovar Cerulli


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thatcrazytoaster, posted on March 23, 2016

I just eat healthy, some all it raw or vegan or vegetarian. Whatever. It's my choice, my business. I do just fine - I"m 52, not on any meds, never been operated. I balance it all but I do not wish for another being to die an unjust -horrible death for my consumption or clothing even. Everything is energy. I choose not to have that low vibe energy in me. I love & respect the other earthlings here.

vpeck2, posted on November 21, 2014

I had been vegetarian for a long time and then I started having trouble with my teeth and gums. This is costing me a fortune from an excellent, holistic dentist to correct. I read the Weston Price book and started incorporating meat, beef broth, chicken, etc., into my diet again. This was also important since I was having the mercury amalgams removed from my teeth and my body needed the strength to withstand any increased toxins that might escape by the removal process. Boy, I wish I had gotten on top of this sooner!!

Saswata, posted on July 19, 2013

Please don't murder my friends.

mauionecreations, posted on September 22, 2014

May sound like reasonable justification, but it's really not just at all to murder for your own appetite or what you have fooled yourself is needed for your own health. There are so many alternatives, and this includes mental and spiritual health, as well as physical. Anything is possible if you direct your mind so and have the discipline and will to see it through, and this can be quite a challenge for most. Eating animals is NOT necessary for anyone, though some may feel better doing it. Many greats agree...

"“A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.”
― Leo Tolstoy

“It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.”
― Albert Einstein

“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.”
― Thomas A. Edison

“By eating meat we share the responsibility of climate change, the destruction of our forests, and the poisoning of our air and water. The simple act of becoming a vegetarian will make a difference in the health of our planet.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh, The World We Have: A Buddhist Approach to Peace and Ecology

“Flesh eating is unprovoked murder.”
― Benjamin Franklin

Elise van Hijfte, posted on July 19, 2013

Having gone through a similar journey, I am thrilled this book is out there. The way Tovar explains and relays his story is totally inspiring to me. Killing does not mean, not having respect for life. I have also found, that most hunters I know are great animal lovers. Industrial farming is harmful, be it for meat, plants, leather or fur. Permaculture seems to be a great way forward both for vegetable growing and livestock breeding.

Lolk, posted on July 17, 2013

I, too, had to return to eating meat protein for health reasons. It IS a strange experience as you both said. My meat comes from local farmers who use the best methods available. I am grateful to these ones for contributing to my further existence. I also experienced some of the same feelings about garden critters! From my now "clean" yard, I also gather "wild" edibles - it's funny how the bug critters don't bother those. As the other reviewers said, very thought-provoking and tender handling of a sensitive and more widely encompassing subject than we generally think about. Thank you.

motherearth, posted on July 17, 2013

The interview is both difficult to listen to, and also understandable. Hopefully, some of us who care for the living beings that we consume are thankful and think about the spirit of those we consume. I think it is hard to kill animals to consume, but I feel as long as animals have a caring type of life then its okay to consume them, but not in the way factory farms and slaughter house dismiss these beings life and cruelly slaughter them with little regard for these beings and only for profit. We need to be thankful and never forget what is being given to us to consume.

josiah.fli, posted on July 17, 2013

I found this discussion of a very emotionally charge issue to be thought provoking and well balanced. It shows that to those that chose to there is a third option between strict vegetarian and "supporting the cruel meat industry". I salute Tavor for his honest look at this issue personally as well as sharing his findings with a wider audience.

RedcatMac, posted on July 16, 2013

A thoughtful and thought provoking discussion of a difficult subject. Regina and Mr. Cerulli handled it unflinchingly, and with great sensitivity. Thanks, Regina for another great interview.

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