I agree with Mehran.
Zoroastrians can basically eat and drink everything that is available and nutricious for us. When Muslims in Iran refuse to produce and drink wine, Zoroastrians have always taken care of the famous Iranian wine industry.
Still many Zoroastrians prefer to be vegetarians because of their strong ecological ethics. But in that case it is an individual choice and much dependent on the overall world situation when it comes to the scarcity of food, climate change etc.
2009/9/28 MoobedyAr Mehran Gheibi
There are some points that should be noticed:
1- Any translation loses some thing from the original text. For example the word goosfand/gospand refers to all kinds of useful animals such as deer, cow, sheep, goat ....even hen and ..., but in nowadays persian it is used for sheep. Thus in translation they have made a mistake....
2- These advices are not from Zoroaster, but are from a Moobed. Thus al of them are not pure Zoroastrian ones.
3- As much as I know, it is advised to consume less meat, and consume more milk, dairy products and plant foods.
4- Animals such as dog, pig and rabit are called dirty to eat.
However I should remind you that they are not pure Zoroastrian ones, thus they should be revised and if it is accepted by science, then would be used.
Nik-o shAd bAshid
MoobedyAr MehrAn Gheibi.
--- On Mon, 9/28/09, Judy Weismonger
Thank you very much for the information. I have a question, it says in no 13 in the second web site to "not eat domestic animals." What does that mean? Does that refer to someone's cow they raised themselves, a dog, or what? And, does it mean that you can eat an animal raised by someone else? Or, does it mean you can only eat "wild" animals, such as a deer or rabbits? Are Zoroastrians vegetarians?
Secondly, if all of the below tenants predate the Abrahamic religions, it is then amazing to see how much of all such religions originated from Zoroastrianism. And strangely, most Abrahamic religions claim to be "originals" and such rules of behavior divinely inspired at the time by their "one true god."
It appears that through time and tide, the later religions "forgot" their origins from Zoroastrianism.
Thank you very much,