(via Eat Your Vegetables, Antiquarian-Style – The Fine Books Blog)

In more civilized times, proponents of a meatless
regime adhered to the “Pythagorean diet” championed by that Greek sixth
century B.C. philosopher, who, in addition to figuring out the square of
the hypotenuse, believed that all living beings had souls, and it was
wrong to eat them. 

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