Meat mat­ters

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

SEN­SI­BLE peo­ple stopped eat­ing meat af­ter the world health or­ga­ni­za­tion an­nounced that pro­cessed meats cause can­cer, and that red meat is prob­a­bly car­cino­genic, too. Not me. I stopped eat­ing meat years ago, when I re­al­ized pigs, chick­ens, cows and other an­i­mals are sen­tient be­ings who suf­fer hor­ri­bly when raised and killed for food. I was about 10 when I learned lob­sters were boiled alive so peo­ple could break them apart and suck out their flesh. A year or so later, when my fa­ther bought a share in a dairy farm, and I could hear mother cows bel­low­ing fran­ti­cally for their new­born ba­bies, who were torn away from them so that hu­mans could have the milk that meant for the calves, I learned that cows mourn when they lose a loved one, just as we do. I later learnt that chick­ens, too, form strong fam­ily ties. When they’re not con­fined to fac­tory farms, hens will lov­ingly tend to their eggs and “talk” to their un­born chicks, who chirp back. How could I eat an an­i­mal know­ing that she feels pain, sad­ness, joy and love, just as hu­mans do? We’re right to worry about can­cer and other ill­nesses that are linked to meat, eggs and dairy prod­ucts, but we also shouldn’t eat an­i­mals be­cause it’s un­eth­i­cal — and un­nec­es­sary. We have great-tast­ing ve­gan op­tions that are good for us and bet­ter for the en­vi­ron­ment, too. Des Bel­lamy Spe­cial projects co­or­di­na­tor PETA Aus­tralia

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