Respect all animals as equal


Published: Tuesday, June 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, June 1, 2004 at 12:20 a.m.

I was delighted to see The Gainesville Sun's front page story (Wednesday, May 26) on rescue missions in our area. It was inspiring to learn of people in our community doing so much to help animals.

It was disappointing, then, to see Daybreak's article (Thursday, May 27) on "The ABCs of grilling." It is unfortunate that our society as a whole is inconsistent when it comes to regarding all forms of life.

The tips for grilling steak, chicken, salmon and other "foods" disregard the fact that cows, chickens, fish and other creatures are sentient beings, just as our companion pets. Although hot dogs, steaks and chicken wings might not look like they once had life, it is untruthful to disguise the cruelty associated with these foods.

The rescue missions story sets a terrific example of how we should treat all animals. Most of us would not eat our family pet, or another's - so why the hypocrisy in eating a cow, pig, chicken or other animal that has lived most of its life confined in a factory farm (nothing less than an enslavement or torture chamber)?

Food is an integral part of life, and should, I believe, incorporate one's ethical beliefs. Not only is a vegetarian lifestyle ethical and healthy, it can be a source of great creativity and taste. Enjoy grilled tofu burgers, vegetable kebabs and other foods with a cruelty-free vegetarian or vegan meal.

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