Wary of meat industry

I am not scared of all the witches, zombies and assorted goblins wandering about 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, cancer and other diseases;

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

Richard Sparr