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6 January 2002
Federal Court Promotes Vegetarianism

While ruling on an Illinois case involving the sale of rotten meat, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals questioned the prudence of eating meat and poultry. The case involved a random USDA inspection of a warehouse which uncovered rotten meat and poultry, some bearing expiration dates from years past, and exposed meat covered with rodent feces. The court also indicated that substantial evidence suggests that eating any meat or poultry might not be such a good thing.

Referring to a Gallup Poll showing that 6% of American adults are vegetarian, the court noted: "We think that percentage would jump dramatically if the other 94 percent read the record in this case." The presiding judge also wrote that the 3-judge panel would be recommending that more vegetables and tofu burgers be served at future court dinners. The defendant was sentenced to 24 months in prison.

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