Three Great Letters in Today’s Philadelphia Inquirer!
UPC President Karen Davis’s Letter Remembers the Animals
Our letters are a response to
“Vegan eating: More men are going animal-free”
by Elisa Ludwig, The Philadelphia Inquirer,
Jan. 4, 2017, p. F01.
City of vegan eateries
I am going to plan a trip to Philadelphia to check out some of those vegan
restaurants ("He-man vegan eating," Thursday). It's just terrific that more
options are being offered, responding to those of us who are declining
animal-based foods (and products generally) and living more-healthy lives.
Thank you for putting vegan-cooking chefs and their restaurants in the
spotlight. I can't wait to visit.
Margaret Schulte, Ottawa, Ohio,
Eat healthy and live longer
I grew up on the standard American diet and became a vegan in my late 30s.
I was motivated to do so after learning how animals raised for food are
mistreated, but the switch was life-changing. I was on the fast-track to a
heart attack. As I approach 70, my cholesterol level is 65 points lower
than it was 30 years ago, I weigh 20 pounds less, and take no medications.
The preponderance of scientific evidence indicates that the less meat,
eggs, and dairy you eat, the healthier you will be. Why not prevent disease
now rather than treat it later? By switching to a plant-based diet, you'll
also help fight animal cruelty, environmental pollution, and other problems
associated with animal agriculture. It's a win-win-win situation.
Stewart David, Venice, Fla.
Remember the animals
I love reading that more men are opting for animal-free foods and that more
restaurants are catering successfully to a trend away from animal products
and toward plant-powered food choices. An ethical vegan since 1983, I have
long argued for the term animal-free, which puts the animals in mind in a
way that "meat," "dairy," and "vegan" do not. The animals who lived and
died miserably, only to be parsed into chicken wings, hamburgers, bacon,
and cheese, need to be remembered for their own sakes and for the sake of a
future in which I hope they are no longer on the menu or the table.
Karen Davis, president, United Poultry Concerns, Machipongo, Va.,
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