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LETTER: PETA: Save the animals, go vegan

To the Editor:

Tens of thousands of cows were buried alive in massive snowdrifts during the recent blizzard in South Dakota. Those who didn’t freeze to death likely suffocated or died of hypothermia. It’s too late to save these poor animals, but we can all do something to help other sentient farm animals: Go vegan.

Animals raised for food suffer constantly. 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. In the summer months, when temperatures can reach around 100 degrees in the Mount Rushmore State, farmers leave cows to languish in the sun without even a single tree for shade. In the winter, the cows often suffer from freezing rain and biting winds, as well as snowstorms. After they’re fattened up, the cows are crowded onto transport trucks and shipped to the slaughterhouse, where they’re hung upside down, their throats are slit, and they are skinned and gutted. Some remain conscious through the entire process.

If you want to eat meat, you have to share in the responsibility for all of the suffering that the animals endure. Or, you can help stop animal suffering by taking PETA’s pledge to go vegan. See for more information and free vegan recipes.