In the Dhammika Sutta, the Buddha says that ‘not to kill’ means three things:
You do not do it yourself;
you do not get others to do it;
and you do not encourage, condone, applaud, aid, and abet when others do it.
What more does one need to prove that one cannot observe this precept as long as one buys the flesh of animals slain for our consumption? What encouragement does the meat industry need from us? Except that we buy what they kill –and allow them to reap the profits they get from our purchases?