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August 14, 2020

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ChrisDecember 10, 2014

This is an excellent analysis. I would like to add another reason for these verses: The welfare of animals themselves. JST Gen 9:11 "And surely, blood shall not be shed, only for meat, to save your lives; and the blood of every beast will I require at your hands." Furthermore the words "sheddeth blood" or "wasteth flesh" referred to in D&C 49 don't seem to be referring to health concerns, but to the needless slaughtering of an animal. Finally, with regard to the word "sparingly," as used in the Word of Wisdom, Hyrum Smith wrote at the time "Let them be sparing of the lives of animals." Take a look at a more full explanation here: Thank you, Jane, for this wonderful article.

ElisabethDecember 9, 2014

The warning against the unnecessary shedding of blood directly contradicts your earlier assertion that eggs and milk products are simply liquid meat. Milk and eggs do not require the shedding of blood; therefore, they are not under the prohibition.



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