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Published on: Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Tough year for meat industry

2010 was not a good year for the meat, dairy and egg industries.

In January, ABC News provided extensive coverage of cow abuse by the dairy industry. The BP oil spill in April called attention to an even larger Gulf “dead zone” caused by the massive amounts of animal waste dumped every day by the Mississippi river. A month later, a United Nations report urged a global shift towards a vegan diet to reduce world hunger and climate change.

In June, the FDA asked factory farms to stop routine use of antibiotics that lead to drug-resistant bacterial infections in humans. August witnessed the largest-ever recall of more than half billion eggs harboring Salmonella.

Finally, in December, President Obama signed into law the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act to replace fatty animal products and other junk foods in school lunches and vending machines. According to the School Nutrition Association, 65 percent of U.S. schools now offer vegetarian lunch options.

For a New Year’s resolution, we should all consider following suit. I found a great website at LiveVegan.org with recipes and tons of other useful information.

Jen Riley, Ellicott City

One man’s answers to the hard questions abortion raises

Jan. 22 will mark the 38th anniversary of Roe V. Wade, the court decision that has resulted in the destruction of over 55 million unborn lives — the largest holocaust in the history of mankind.

Let’s take a look at the two “hard questions” the pro-choice crowd hurls at the pro-life crowd to justify the multimillion-dollar industry of abortion: What about saving the life of the mother? What about cases of rape?

There are cases in which a child has to be delivered early for the sake of the mother’s health. But in all of these cases, the effort can be made to save both lives. Medical science has developed far past the days when killing the child for the sake of the mother was necessary. There are some extreme cases, such as toxic infections, when the child cannot be saved. But, that does not mean the child must be deliberately killed. Every effort to save the life of the child can be made. Plus, the mother will be much safer in the care of a life-saving hospital team than she would be at an abortion clinic.

Rape is a horrible crime. The punishment for rapists should be severe. We should give great compassion and support to the victims of rape. But, in the cases where pregnancy occurs, does this include abortion?

You cannot answer this question honestly without considering the humanity of the unborn child. Genetic science has shown us the absolute uniqueness of every human embryo at even its earliest stages. Even though this child’s conception came as the result of a crime, the child is not the criminal. Does this child deserve the death penalty because of the crime of its father?

The victim of rape has severe emotional pain to deal with. Is adding the guilt of destroying another innocent victim the solution or does it add even more anguish to the situation?

Steve Casey, Stonewall, La.

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