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    Dangerous meat industry is what’s really frightening

    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 and 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.

    William Sanford

    Westerly



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