Letter: Cutting Back On Meat Saves Lives

Looking through my calendar of national observances, it appears that October is turning into “food month,” beginning with World Vegetarian Day and World Day for Farm Animals on Oct. 1 and 2, continuing with National School Lunch Week Oct. 14-18 and World Food Day on Oct. 16, and culminating with Food Day on Oct. 24.

World Day for Farm Animals Day (www.wfad.org), on Oct. 2, is perhaps the most dramatic of these. It celebrates the lives, exposes the abuses and memorializes the slaughter of billions of sentient animals raised for food. Recent undercover investigations showed male baby chicks suffocated in plastic garbage bags or ground to death, pigs clobbered with metal pipes, and cows skinned and dismembered while still conscious.

Moreover, a recent Harvard study of more than 120,000 people confirmed once again that meat consumption raises mortality from cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Animal agriculture accounts for more water pollution than all other human activities. A 2011 United Nations report recommends eating less meat to reduce greenhouse gases.

The good news is that our meat consumption has been dropping by nearly 4 percent annually! Entering “live vegan” in a search engine brings lots of useful transition tips.

Patrick Bendrix, West Palm Beach


  1. Thankfully, free choice is still an option when it comes to eating and is not yet controlled by the government, nor people who espouse another eating philosophy.

    Vegetarians are the same as those who want to push their own religion on you.

    Stop the proselytizing on matters of belief-from religion to eating!

  2. Going vegetarian these days is very easy. There is a veggie product for every kind of meat. Going veg was the best decision I have made in a long time.

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