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No need for meat at holiday table

published in THE JOURNAL NEWS, 12/3/01: (This was written right after the attack on the World Trade Center)

During this time of enormous suffering and tragedy, please don't contribute to pain and death at your holiday table.

That 'baked ham' you're cooking was once an affectionate little fellow who loved his mother and was taken from her way too soon. And turkeys are intelligent beings who feel fear and joy and value their lives just as you do. Though they love sunshine and attention, they are crammed into factory farms, where they are severely debeaked and parts of their toes are cut off so they can't peck and claw at each other, leaving them with eating and walking difficulties.

Why must you eat corpses during the holidays, when there is so much other wonderful, delicious bounty available? It is due to habit and meat addiction. I always said I could never give up animal flesh; until I started to really think about what I was eating, and the sadness I was contributing to.

And when I stopped, to my surprise, my health improved enormously.

Upon investigation, I found that many diseases, including asthma, diabetes and heart disease, improve with a meatless diet. And now, after years of sometimes questionable choice-making, giving up meat is the one decision I have never regretted.

Especially now, with death all around us, have some pity for the innocent victims who cringe as the knife takes their life; go vegetarian. For free recipes visit  

Kiley Blackman
The writer is spokesperson,
Animal Defenders of Westchester

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