Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

October 30, 2013

It’s the meat industry, not Halloween, that is scary

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 path-ogens 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.

Gerald Bernstein

Cumberland

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