Wayne Pacelle, President of the Humane Society of the United States, joined the Dalai Lama (a world-famous vegetarian) on Nov. 28 at an event centered around animal welfare and vegetarianism. Their goal was to celebrate World Compassion Day together to help improve awareness about animal rights and healthy lifestyle choices.
The holiday was created to showcase the impact humans can have by deciding to kill veggies with kindness rather than putting animal meat and byproducts on their dinner plates. Regarding the meeting of the two great minds, Ecorazzi reports:
While on stage, His Holiness explained why he initially decided to become a vegetarian – and why more must be done to educate youth on compassion towards all life.
“I was not vegetarian till about five decades ago, but when I saw hens being abused on an animal farm, I decided to become vegetarian,” he said. ”The media must play an important role, and even the younger generation must be informed about moral ethics through education.”
When a student asked him for his views on meat, the 77-year-old said with a smile: “A vegetarian diet is the most healthy one for you. We must respect all forms of life.”
As one of the most influential green celebrities, the Dalai Lama uses his faith-based star power to make the world a better place. Even if families continue to eat meat all across America on a daily basis, think of the health benefits if every family member in all the collective households in the U.S. choose not to eat meat, cheese, or eggs at least one meal of every day.
What's more, by making a deliberate choice to make the switch to eating more fresh fruits, veggies, and legumes on a regular basis, the environmental impact (with farm animals reducing greenhouse gas emissions) would be great.
Once the Dalai Lama turns 90-years-old, his holiness is expected to promote a successor to replace him in his position. Because he lives a his life as a vegetarian, chances are he will make it to that age gracefully without any medical problems along the way.