Theologians have long debated whether there is life after death, but for animals raised for food, there is no life before death.
Recently published undercover investigations showed male baby chicks (unfit for egg production) suffocated in plastic garbage bags or ground to death in large macerators, pigs clobbered by metal pipes and killed by hanging, and assorted animals skinned and dismembered at the slaughterhouse while still conscious.
I reacted to these exposes by going vegan some time ago. But even die-hard meat eaters should feel conscience-bound to offer these animals a decent life before they take it away for their dining pleasure. Yet, repeated attempts at welfare reforms have brought no tangible improvements.
Last week, I read of an international observance on Oct. 2 (Gandhi's birthday) to expose and memorialize the abuse and slaughter of 55 billion animals raised for food throughout the world. Their Web site at www.WorldFarmAnimalsDay.org offers a number of ways that people who care about animal suffering can participate and affirms the need to go vegan.
I believe that a gradual transition to a vegan diet is the only effective long-term solution for maintaining a guilt-free conscience, as well as radiant health, and the quality of our environment. A detailed review of meat-like and dairy-like transition foods and lots of recipes are offered at www.tryveg.org and www.chooseveg.org.