To the editor:
A Kansas meat processing plant recently recalled about 23,000 pounds of potentially-contaminated ground beef, which was shipped to 12 states. Thankfully, no serious illnesses have been reported yet. That doesn't mean that no one has suffered, though. Hundreds of cows were cruelly killed to make the meat, which is now just being tossed out. We mustn't overlook their needless deaths.
When cows are very young, they're branded with hot irons, their horns are cut or burned off, and males are castrated – all without painkillers. They're confined to filthy feedlots and fattened for slaughter. Then they're crowded onto transport trucks and shipped hundreds of miles, often without food and water. At the slaughterhouse, they're hung upside-down, their throats are slit, and they are skinned and gutted.
It's no wonder these gentle giants go to great lengths to escape from slaughterhouses. They value their lives, just as you and I value ours. You can help stop their suffering by choosing tasty vegan foods.