– PROHIBITION OF EATING ANYTHING CUT FROM A LIVING CREATURE
G-d created living creatures in the world, and we must respect their existence.
As opposed to flora, which is renewed continuously, harm to animals is irreversible.
Although the Torah does not prohibit the eating of meat, it sets strict limits on what a person can do when using animals for his needs.
This commandment, which obliges us not to be indifferent even to the suffering of an animal, enhances also our obligation to be aware of another person’s sorrow, not to hurt him and to help him come out of his stress.
One practical meaning of this commandment is a prohibition to eat a limb or part or tear out a limb or any part taken from an animal while is its still alive.