To the editor:
I have no fear of goblins, witches or evil clowns lurking this past Halloween. What really scares me is the meat industry.
This is the industry that deprives, mutilates, cages, then butchers billions of cows, pigs, turkeys, chickens — animals who feel joy, affection, sadness and pain as we do. That exposes undocumented workers to chronic workplace injuries at slave wages, and exploits farmers by dictating market prices.
The industry that contributes more to our epidemic of diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer than any other, then bullies health authorities to remove warnings form dietary guidelines.
That sanctions world hunger by feeding nutritious corn and soybeans to animals, instead of people.
The industry that generated more water pollution than all other human activities, that spews more greenhouse gases than all transportation, that 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.