To the editor,
The news reports about the nationwide recall of more than 600,000 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with a potentially deadly strain of E. coli failed to mention all the sentient individuals who were killed to make the recalled meat. We mustn't overlook their needless suffering and pain-filled deaths.
Animals are made of flesh, bone and blood, just as you and I are. They form friendships, feel pain and joy, grieve for lost loved ones, and are afraid to die. But in slaughterhouses, they are often scalded alive or dismembered while they're still conscious.
The recalled meat, which was produced in late July and sold to distributors across the country, made headlines for a few days, but then the issue was largely forgotten. Meat recalls happen again and again and little changes.
Please consider going vegan in memory of all the animals who were killed to produce the recalled meat - and the billions of other farmed animals who are killed every year. You might save your own life as well.
See www.PETA.org for more information and free vegan recipes.
The PETA Foundation