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Animal Defenders of Westchester
P.O. Box 205
Yonkers, NY 10704


Mad Cow Disease

Letters to the Editor
NY Newsday
22 January 2004

In the controversy about whether Mad Cow Disease poses a threat or not, one thing has been forgotten: this is a living, breathing, sentient being who loves her babies and wants to keep her life just like you and I.

I became vegetarian when I realized, while eating a chicken leg, that this was part of an animal who bled like me and cried from pain, just like me. Yes, I did feel better physically as a result. My asthma lessened, gout symptoms and an 'idiopathic rash' (medic slang for "we don't know what the hell it is") both disappeared.

But more importantly, I was happy that I was getting 'right' with the other beings who share our world. I wasn't being a hypocrite like friends who said "I'll eat it but I don't want to think about it."

Take a look into the 'window to the slaughterhouse' the Mad Cow Disease furor has offered. It told the story of "Downers" - cows so sick and feeble they are dragged to the slaughterhouse or pushed by bulldozers; there is so much more to tell. Think about these animals who watch in terror as the knife cuts their throat. They are looking at you now - can you look back?

Kiley Blackman, spokesperson
Animal Defenders of Westchester

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