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The Jivaka Sutta hints that one could also make a good case for vegetarianism starting from any of the other brahmaviharas (loving-kindness, sympathetic joy, equanimity).
Interestingly, it is loving-kindness rather than compassion that is mentioned first in the Jivaka Sutta.
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