In order to preserve a counterfeit harmony, some persons hold that the Buddha instructed us to be silent in the face of blatant misrepresentations of the Dharma, such as the deceptive reasoning of those who pretend that the cruel enslavement, exploitation, and slaughter of animals is approved by the Buddha if we “do not see, hear, or suspect” that the animals were killed expressly for our sake.
Such persons place the temporary emotional discomfort of their ‘teachers’ and Sangha peers over the unspeakable suffering of non-human animals. This complicit timidity is contrary to the Dharma.
The Buddha said:
Such speech as the Tathagata knows to be true, correct, and beneficial,
even if unwelcome and disagreeable to others,
the Tathagata knows the time to use such speech.
Why is that? Because the Tathagata has compassion for all beings.
—Buddha Shakyamuni, Middle Length Discourses
We should always speak words that are free of ill will and animosity, but we must speak and act boldly on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves, proclaiming the Dharma without reservations.