The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 5, 2013

What I am scared of


Daily Item

---- — 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; 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, and 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.

Sid Duchmeier,

Sunbury