Nowadays in Roma, we can still verify the existence of many altars dedicated to Mithras. The Obelisk and the Temple of Mithras coexist with the Olympus symbols; the Pythagorean Basilica and the palace of the nobles all display, in a row, the symbolic animals that make up a polymorphic glorification of the cosmos and all its energy and consciousness.
In Iran, Zarathustra (the prophet Zoroaster)’s said “… whoever takes care of animals, without nourishing from their meat “shattered or massacred” shall receive the vision of the Holy Spirit and The Truth.” He also said that “whoever kills an animal, would kill his own soul”.
Buddha asks for unconditional compassion for animals, and as Zarathustra, prohibits the slaughter: “instead of sacrificing animals, let them free. Let them seek grass, water and wind caress. Animals killed had given you the tribute of their milk and wool. They had put their trust in the hands that now slaughter them (…)”.
Buddhists in India built, in the time of Emperor Asoka, the first animal hostel. This initiative was revived in the nineteenth century by Vivekananda. Gandhi claimed that respect for animals is the Hindu gift to mankind. The Hindu religion always emphasized animal’s rights and had protected them against cruelty.
“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” ~Mahatma Gandhi