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Luigi Prestone, Owosso

11:05 am

Independent Editor,

I have no fear of goblins, witches, or evil clowns lurking on Halloween. What really scares me is the meat industry. This is the industry that deprives, mutilates, cages, and butchers billions of cows, pigs, turkeys, and chickens; animals who feel joy, affection, sadness, and pain, as we do…

This is the industry that exposes undocumented workers to chronic workplace injuries at slave wages, and exploits farmers and ranchers by dictating market price…

This is the industry that contributes more to our epidemic of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer than any other, and then bullies health authorities to remove warnings from dietary guidelines…

This is the industry that sanctions world hunger by feeding nutritious corn and soybeans to animals, instead of people…

This is the industry that generates more water pollution than all other human activities, spews more greenhouse gases than all transportation, and destroys more wildlife habitats than all other industries.

These are the things that keep me up at night. Fortunately, my local supermarket offers a rich selection of plant-based meats, milks, cheeses, and ice creams, as well as a colorful display of fresh fruit and veggies. It gives me hope and courage for my future. But I still fear for my friends and neighbors.

Luigi Prestone, Owosso

Luigi Prestone, Owosso was last modified: October 30th, 2017 by Karen Elford