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The Souls and Spirits of Animals
Submitted by Serene in Singapore - 10 Sep 2000

A non-Christian perspective

Srila Prabhupada: Some people say, "We believe that animals have no soul." That is not correct.  They believe animals have no soul because they want to eat the animals, but actually animals do have a soul.

Reporter: How do you know that the animal has a soul?

Srila Prabhupada: You can know also. Here is the scientific proof... the animal is eating, you are eating; the animal is sleeping, you are sleeping; the animal is defending, you are defending; the animals have children, you have children; they have a living place, you have a living place. If the animal's body is cut, there is blood; if your body is cut, there is blood. So, all these similarities are there. Now, why do you deny this one similarity, the presence of the soul? That is not logical. You have studied logic? In logic there is something called analogy. Analogy means drawing a conclusion by finding many points of similarity. If there are so many points of similarity between human beings and animals, why deny one similarity? That is not logic. That is not science.

Paragraph taken from: The Higher Taste A Guide To Gourmet Vegetarian Cooking and a Karma-Free Diet

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