Letter to the editor: Ten best reasons for a veggie Independence Day

Here are the 10 best reasons for barbecuing veggie burgers and veggie hot dogs at this year's Independence Day gatherings, rather than ground-up animal body parts:

  • Focusing on traffic and fireworks safety, rather than food safety.
  • Giving your eyes a break from reading government food warning labels.
  • Not sweating cancer-causing compounds if barbecue temperature is too high.
  • Not sweating nasty E. coli and salmonella bugs if temperature is too low.
  • Not wondering about the real contents of that burger or hot dog you're chewing.
  • Giving your body a holiday from saturated fat, cholesterol, and hormones.
  • Not sweating the animal cruelty and environmental devastation guilt trips.
  • Not having to explain to your kids why we cherish Fido but eat Babe.
  • Enjoying the exploration of veggie meal offerings in your supermarket.
  • Celebrating a day of independence from the meat industry.

Ainsley Christianson


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