One reader says sensible people stopped eating meat long before it was linked with cancer.
One reader says sensible people stopped eating meat long before it was linked with cancer. CONTRIBUTED

OPINION: Cows mourn their young; go vegan

SENSIBLE people stopped eating meat after the World Health Organisation announced that processed meats cause cancer, and that red meat is probably carcinogenic, too.

Not me.

I stopped eating meat years ago, when I realised that pigs, chickens, cows and other animals are sentient beings who suffer horribly when raised and killed for food.

I was about 10 when I learned that lobsters were boiled alive so people could break them apart and suck out their flesh.

A year or so later, when my father bought a share in a dairy farm, and I could hear mother cows bellowing frantically for their newborn babies, who were torn away from them so that humans could have the milk meant for the calves, I learned that cows mourn when they lose a loved one, just as we do.

I later learnt that chickens, too, form strong family ties.

When they're not confined to factory farms, hens will lovingly tend to their eggs and "talk" to their unborn chicks, who chirp back.

How could I eat an animal knowing that she feels pain, sadness, joy and love, just as humans do?

We're right to worry about cancer and other illnesses that are linked to meat, eggs and dairy products, but we also shouldn't eat animals because it's unethical-and unnecessary.

We have great-tasting vegan options that are good for us and better for the environment, too.

DES BELLAM

PETA Australia



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