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Do you have to be vegetarian to be Buddhist?

Meat involves killing and Buddhists try not to kill, so being a vegetarian is a natural choice for most Buddhists. Some people are unable to be strict vegetarians, due to health reasons, others, such as in Tibet, are unable to grow vegetables and so eat meat. Others become vegans to avoid the suffering caused by dairy and poultry farming. However, as with all Buddhist ethics, the choices are with the individual.d poultry farming.

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