The unprecedented recall of 143 million pounds of beef has many people rethinking their food choices!' and rightfully so. A recall of this magnitude shows that the government cannot guarantee the safety of the food supply or ensure that animals in slaughterhouses aren't abused.Cruelty to animals is common in slaughterhouses. In recent months, PETA investigators caught slaughterhouse workers hitting and jabbing pigs with metal rods and gouging the animals' eyes, urinating on chickens and scalding them to death, and torturing cows until they bellowed in pain. Workers at Westland/Hallmark Meat Co., where the recalled beef was produced, used a forklift to shove animals who were too sick or injured to walk, onto the killing floor. This is a violation of federal and state law, an affront to compassionate people everywhere, and a health hazard. "Downed cows" are more likely to have bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease.

Of course, the saturated fat and cholesterol found in beef is an even bigger threat to human health. Animal products have been conclusively linked to heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.

Meat-eaters are four times more likely than vegetarians to be obese and 10 times more likely to suffer from heart disease.

Don't wait any longer: Stop eating all meat today. Visit for a free "Vegetarian Starter Kit."

Sincerely, Heather Moore Senior Writer People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Norfolk, VA

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