PETA’s Views on Meat-Eating

In this week’s New Scientist the president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had this to say about those of us who eat meat:-

…[Meat-eaters], like smokers trying to quit tobacco find it very hard to give up the stuff despite ethical, health and environmental reasons to do so…

Today I emailed the following response:-

PETA’s Ingrid Newkirk makes a false comparison between meat-eating and tobacco use (Letters 24 September 2011 p39). Human beings are omnivores by nature so meat is a natural part of our diet whereas tobacco use is not. There is a case to be made that some people consume more meat than is good for their own health and that of the environment but bogus likening of meat eating to tobacco addiction does not help PETA’s case.

John Hawcock
[Address given]

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