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posted: 10/31/2013 5:00 AM

Shivering in fright over meat industry

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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

• Exposes undocumented workers to chronic workplace injuries at slave wages

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• 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 and 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

• 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.

Jack Brenner

Arlington Heights

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