Oh, you don't like Peter Singer? How can you not? Or do you just hold His Holiness in much higher regard?
I don't know the details, I was just told somewhere along the line, that he had been vegetarian (which is actually pretty rare among Tibetan Buddhists), but went back to omnivorism on his doctor's advice.
I'm not a Buddhist (or a practitioner of any other religion, for that matter), but I have a lot of respect for the religion/philosophy. If more Buddhists followed the First Precept (harm no living being) as it was written, instead of interpreting it to their benefit, I might be more inclined to listen to them.
First, I should clarify and say that I like anybody and anything that gets people eating less animals. Peter Singer is obviously a person who has influenced many people to rethink there relationship with animals, which is great! He has said and written many things which I agree with, and have approvingly quoted from him many times.
But, Peter Singer is not a "rights" advocate. I would say he is a radical animal welfarist, but not one who speaks of or advocates actual "rights" for animals. Again, I am not really passing judgment on this - I am merely making an observation to correct common misconceptions of Peter Singer being a "rights" advocate. You will notice that he is actually not favourably received by hardcore hard-line vegans and a.r. people.
I also TOTALLY dis
agree with his views on infanticide, and more recently, his shocking views on beastiality.
But, despite of his views on infanticide, even the disabled woman whom he publicly debated has said about Singer that he is a "good man, just misguided." Although I haven't met Singer in person, based on some of the great stuff he has written on animals, I agree with this woman's description of him.
So there you have my two cents worth skinnydipper.
And yes, I meant that since the Dali Lama is such a holy man, you cannot really compare the two men, especially in view of Singer's other questionable and somewhat shocking views.
But I like whoever helps animals though, and Singer is on that list obviously.