October emphasizes food production

October is turning into “food” month, beginning with World Vegetarian Day and World Farm Animals Day on Oct. 1 and Oct. 2, continuing with World Food Day on Oct. 16, and culminating with Food Day on Oct. 24.

World Farm Animals Day (www.WFAD.org) is perhaps the most dramatic of these observances. It celebrates the lives, exposes the abuses, and mourns the slaughter of billions of sentient animals raised for food. Recent undercover investigations showed male baby chicks suffocated in plastic garbage bags or ground to death, pigs clobbered with metal pipes, and cows skinned and dismembered while still conscious.

Numerous studies have linked consumption of animal products with elevated risk of chronic killer diseases. Animal agriculture accounts for more water pollution than any other human activities. A 2007 United Nations report blamed it for 18 percent of greenhouse gases.

No humane welfare reform proposed thus far has alleviated the suffering of a single animal. Improvements in medical and environmental technology cannot possibly keep pace with the devastating impacts of meat consumption.

The good news is that dropping animals from our menus works beautifully on all these counts.

Randall Coit

Rapid City

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Although I do not formally speak for the citizens of our community, I am compelled to speak for those who feel the same as I. 

Officer Doyle, thank you for your service.  To the families of Officer Armstrong and Officer McCandless, thank you and God bless all of you. 

The citizens of Rapid City are proud to have had and continue to have people of this caliber serve our community as we enjoy the freedoms this protection allows us.  

 

Ron Weifenbach

Rapid City

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