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No such thing as humane animal slaughter

In response to the letter regarding animal cruelty ("Eat more plants," June 4), I would like to clarify one important thing: There is no such thing as humanely produced animal products or humane slaughter. It is a misnomer by animal producers to relieve the guilt consumers feel when buying meat, eggs or dairy.

All animals, no matter how the conditions are labeled (meat-free, organic, cage-free, free-range, etc.) suffer in food production as all end up at the same slaughterhouses and all feel the fear and panic of impending death. I have seen the undercover video of what goes on there and people should seek out to witness this horrible process. No animal wants to be imprisoned for their products. None of them want to die when their usefulness is up (not producing enough milk or eggs, for example).

There is only one way to not participate in this horrible holocaust of 10 billion animals a year in the U.S.: Stop eating any animals or their products. Buying certain animals and products due to how they are labeled to "save" animals is nonsensical. It is easy to eat a delicious vegan diet.

I have been vegan since 1994 and feel great, look way younger than I am and have a free conscience. Your arteries will thank you. The planet will thank you. The animals will thank you.

Jamie Cohen, Pikesville

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