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Animals as Food
Comments by Lee Chapelle - 23 Nov 2007

Hello, I have been a vegetarian for many years but I must take issue with this statement from your website:

"We are dedicated to cruelty free living through a vegetarian - vegan lifestyle." "Let no animal die that we may live!"

This is na´ve to put it kindly. Animals are killed by the hundreds of billions in every form of agriculture, from ploughing to planting, spraying for pests and weeds, harvesting, storage, processing and transportation, there is a death toll every step of the way. This applies not only to fruits, vegetables and grains but also to crops like cotton. In fact it is trivial to propose a diet which includes some meat and which would trump most many vegan diets in minimizing animal death and suffering. There is no essential difference between killing a mouse to protect a grain silo and killing a steer to create food, it is animals dying so that we may live.

I am not suggesting that anyone change their diet, but there is a danger lurking in the notion of "cruelty-free", and that is one of self-righteousness, something to which we must never fall prey.

Lee Chapelle

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