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LETTER: Going vegan not best way to help animals

To the Editor:

Adolf Hitler once said, “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.”

Considering that Hitler, one of the worst murderers in all of recorded history, was a vegetarian, this quote is particularly relevant in light of the inaccurate criticisms of beef cattle production made by Heather Moore of PETA in the Oct. 20 issue of this paper.

Beef cattle production is a miraculous process by which sunlight and rain are transformed into a foodstuff which provides all the essential nutrients required by humans, along with a host of other important items. Furthermore, typically the most profitable ranches are the ones that most effectively care for the well-being of their cattle, even through the slaughter process (see the YouTube clip titled “Temple Grandin cattle slaughter”).

If anyone doubts that profitable cattle production does not involve fully promoting the welfare of the animals, I would ask them to consider the sacred cows wandering across India who die slow, agonizing deaths as a result of starvation or disease. These facts indicate that the most effective way to increase the misery of both animals and people is to “go vegan” as Ms. Moore suggested.