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Dominion: The animals and the philosophers

Episode 3 of 4

The impact of philosophy and religion on animals as food. Environmental journalist Gayathri Vaidyanathan talks to Jains, Hindus and Buddhists about their attitudes to food.

Environmental journalist Gayathri Vaidyanathan considers the impact of Philosophy and Religion on animals as food. In and around Chennai in India, she reveals how India is managing a terrible dilemma in the massive rise of buffalo meat production next to the catastrophe of animal welfare and environmental pollution. She talks to Jains, Hindus and Buddhists and visits fast food restaurants where young people associate eating burgers with independence and modernity. She also spends time at a pioneering dairy along with one of the many animal sanctuaries in the city.

Producer: Rose de Larrabeiti and Kate Bland

(Photo: Buffalo market in Chennai)

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