Thursday, July 22, 2010

Exposing Mahatma Gandhi

In follow up to my earlier post from today when I posted the horrifying video that came from India which showed how they catch stray dogs in India - I'm going to talk about Mahatma Gandhi - and how he felt about dogs -

Here are some quotes that you'll recognize from Gandhi...

"Be the change that you want to see in the world"

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."

"It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings"

"My life is my message"

"The good man is the friend of all living things"

and perhaps the best one -

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”

It is really interesting though - and it seems that history has forgotten, that Gandhi for some reason - hated dogs. He felt about stray dogs the exact same way that PETA feels about dogs - that they should be killed into extinction.

He wrote about it very clearly in a newspaper he published in the 1920's. I came upon it in a couple of websites this year while surfing - and then did some googling - and when I had the fact verified - I was horrified that a person who has universally been so loved and lauded as a saint - could feel so poorly about a species I care so much about. I was shocked.

The best website I found which details his writings on the subject is at - what the writings were - were a correspondence between him and another man talking about stray dogs that were killed on a mill owner's property, and Gandhi was justifying the act - and he basically said that it was being done for a "greater good" - to stop the suffering of the dogs - just like PETA says that they want the extinction of pit bulls for instance - and we all understand the faulty logic of their bullshit - and with Gandhi - it's the same thing.

Just like PETA he is suggesting that city governments should give stray dogs the "gift of death" in his writings. It amazes me that a man who was supposed to have such reverence for all life - had no feelings whatsoever it seems - for the species of dog. I wonder if there were other life forms that he also felt were not sentient as well? Maybe women? I don't know.

If stray dogs don't deserve to live because all they are born to is a life of suffering - then there are about a kajillion humans who have the same problem. Including you and me - because suffering is one of the main things that life is about. So we might as well all pack it in and move to the slaughter house right now according to what Mahatma Gandhi thought - and also what PETA thinks today about domesticated animals and pit bulls in particular.

It just shows you that even the saintliest of each time - are still victims of their culture. I wonder how Jesus Christ felt about dogs.

In a comment on my earlier post - Jenny's Dad posted a you tube video from Penn & Teller about Gandhi that was pretty interesting - you can watch it here.

I also found another website about Gandhi and his dog hatred that was interesting - maybe another quote from Gandhi speaks more truthfully about him in the end -

"We may never be strong enough to be entirely nonviolent in thought, word and deed. But we must keep nonviolence as our goal and make strong progress towards it."


  1. Oh my gosh!!! I am so checking out the links you shared. I shared the video earlier of the poor dog being dragged on my fave Dachsie forum. It was horrifying to watch.

  2. I did not know that! I also checked out links. Is that why PETA has such a negative reputation? Gandhi seemed to feel cows were not 'running loose' like the dogs he spoke of. Maybe not in 1926, but they sure are in many places today. Emaciated specimens wandering in and out of traffic and down streets in smaller cities. If they are 'holy,' they ought to tax the believers & feed them properly!

  3. Hi Joan,

    I don't separate our treatment or mistreatment of dogs from any other species.

    I see cattle and pigs as sentient beings and yet we reserve a special kindness for dogs.

    Cruelty is cruelty.

    Clearly Gandhi had a cultural bias.

    But we all do.

    Heck, Jesus didn't seem to have a problem with slavery ...

    Things are complicated.