The truth hurts: Eat more plants

Susan Reimer's column ("I'd rather not know my dinner's first name," June 3) is representative of how more and more people are finally starting to make themselves take a look into the lives of animals raised for food. Albert Schweitzer said, "Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight."

Most animals on huge agribusiness factory farms never see sunlight or breathe fresh air. Many are even unable to turn around in their enclosures. From the moment they are born until the day they die, they are forced to live in hideous confinement. This includes chickens, pigs, dairy cows, beef cattle and other food animals. Do some research on factory farming. Look into the eyes of animals who have mouth and skin wounds from biting and rubbing against their cages to get out. Years from now, new generations will look back to this time in disbelief at how inhumanely we treated food animals.

Like Ms, Reimer, an ever-increasing number of people are now switching to healthy plant-based diets. Everyone who chooses to eat animal food must speak up and tell the meat, chicken, and dairy companies, and their grocers, that we want humanely raised food. As always, money talks. Quit buying from companies that put animals through such cruelty.

Ann Roberts, Lutherville

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