clw_uk wrote:. Now in karmic terms, killing is unwholesome however I don't see a problem with buying meat from the supermarkets. It's going to be there anyway and it will either be bought by someone else or just thrown away.
Life feeds of life, that's also one of the factors that drove evolution. Sadly that's the way it is.
The meat in supermarkets is there because of the demand for meat. If people didn't want to buy and eat meat then animals wouldn't be bred and killed and pieces of them wouldn't be there on the meat shelves for customers to buy. Its a cop-out to say "Oh well I buy it because its already there" because you are contributing to that demand.
My non-Buddhist father ate chicken and then he saw what actually happened to chickens and how they were treated and then killed and he was so horrified he couldn't eat chicken again . Similarly someone else I know who was a meat eating Buddhist, went to a slaugherhouse for the meat trade and was so upset at what he saw that he never ate it again.