Shravasti Dhammika, To EAT OR NOT TO EAT MEAT: A BUDDHIST REFLECTION
Chapter 4 The last link in the chain
4. So why did the Buddha consider arms trading to be a wrong means of livelihood? Obviously because weapons, like poisons make killing possible. Their main purpose, indeed their only purpose, is to kill. The arms dealer is centrally situated in a chain that could lead to someone being killed, even though he himself does not kill anyone. A, arms manufacturer - B, arms dealer = C, purchaser and killing. Now if we reverse this sequence and apply it to meat eating then surely the same conclusion would have to be drawn; C - eating meat - B, meat seller = A, slaughter man and killing. Why in both these cases has the Buddha left out one or two of the key links in these chains?
達爾卡法師 著 伍煥炤 譯 ：《吃肉還是不吃肉：佛教的反思》
4. 因此，為甚麼佛陀認為販賣武器是一種不正當的生計？這很明顯是由於武器，正如毒藥一樣可用來殺生。武器的主要，亦肯定是它們唯一的用途就是用來殺生。雖然武器商人沒有殺害任何人，但他必定處身人們被殺的環節當中。甲，武器製造商 — 乙，武器商 = 丙，買家和殺生。現在假如我們把這順序倒轉，並應用在吃肉方面，肯定能得出相同的結論；丙 — 吃肉 — 乙，肉販 = 甲，屠夫和殺生。為甚麼在這些情況佛陀遺漏當中一兩個重要的環節？