Meat in­dusty scarier than zom­bies

The Progress-Index - - OPINION -

I have no fear of zom­bies, witches, or evil clowns lurk­ing on Hal­loween. What re­ally scares me is the meat in­dus­try.

This is the in­dus­try that de­prives, mu­ti­lates, cages, then butch­ers bil­lions of cows, pigs, tur­keys, chick­ens - an­i­mals who feel joy, af­fec­tion, sad­ness, and pain, as we do…

— that ex­poses un­doc­u­mented work­ers to chronic work­place in­juries at slave wages, and ex­ploits farm­ers and ranch­ers by dic­tat­ing mar­ket prices…

This in­dus­try con­trib­utes more to our epi­demic of di­a­betes, heart dis­ease, stroke, and can­cer than any other, then bul­lies health au­thor­i­ties to re­move health warn­ings from di­etary guide­lines…

— that sanc­tions world hunger by feed­ing nu­tri­tious corn and soy­beans to an­i­mals, in­stead of peo­ple…

This in­dus­try gen­er­ates more water pol­lu­tion than all other hu­man ac­tiv­i­ties, spews more green­house gases than all trans­porta­tion, and de­stroys more wildlife habi­tats than all other in­dus­tries.

For­tu­nately, my lo­cal su­per­mar­ket of­fers a rich se­lec­tion of plant-based meats, milks, cheeses, and ice creams, as well as a col­or­ful dis­play of fresh fruits and veg­gies. Even the meat in­dus­try pub­li­ca­tion Feed­stuffs re­ports that sales of plant-based foods dou­bled last year. That’s what gives me both courage and hope.

Pre­ston Put­ter, Peters­burg

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