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Letter to the editor: Scary industry

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 12:01 am

I was not scared of all the witches, zombies and assorted goblins on Halloween. What really scares me is the meat industry.

This is the industry that mutilates, cages and butchers billions of cows, pigs and other sentient animals; feeds carcasses of cats and dogs killed in pounds to chickens; exposes undocumented workers to chronic workplace injuries at slave wages; exploits farmers and ranchers by dictating wholesale market prices; punishes documentation of its abuses through unconstitutional “ag-gag” laws; promotes world hunger by feeding nutritious corn and soybeans to animals; generates more greenhouse gases than any other human activity; generates more water pollution than any other human activity; creates a permanent “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico that dwarfs the BP oil spill; creates deadly antibiotic-resistant pathogens by feeding antibiotics to animals; creates epidemics of salmonella, listeria and other infectious diseases; promotes mortality from diabetes, heart failure, stroke and cancer.

Now, that’s really scary. And this is why I am dropping animal products from my menu.

Nick Drummond