How do you like your summer internships, kids? The jobs have to be better than the one assigned to Cassandra Callaghan, who's apparently acting as a piece of meat all summer for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. A piece of meat who can write, as Cassandra proves with this response to our July 17 Off Limits item:
Dear Editor: By shedding my clothes and lying "bloodied" in a cellophane-wrapped "meat tray" outside the Cattle Industry Summer Conference, I hoped to shed light on how animals are abused for meat.
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Before they end up in tidy packages in the meat case, cows, chickens, pigs and other animals endure extreme confinement in feces-filled enclosures, where they constantly breathe ammonia fumes and never get to feel the sun on their backs or do anything that is natural or important to them. Their horns, tails and beaks are cut off without painkillers, and they are often hung up, hacked apart and scalded alive at the slaughterhouse. Just like us, animals are made of flesh, blood, and bone-and like us, they feel pain and fear.
I hope that the next time they're in the supermarket, the people who saw my demonstration will remember the suffering that goes into those meat packages and will choose a healthy and humane vegetarian diet instead. Readers can visit PETA's Web site, www.GoVeg.com, for more information and delicious meat-free recipes.
Cassandra Callaghan Intern, International Grassroots Campaigns People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
Pleased to meat you, Cassandra.