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Meet Your Meat, Lose Your Lunch 

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I'm glad that Nicholas Day spent a morning watching a lamb "shot dead, skinned, and eviscerated" before he ate her flesh ("The Carnivore's Dilemma," July 13). I think everyone who eats meat should face the gruesome circumstances surrounding the raising and killing of animals for food. Growing up in Edgewater and Rogers Park, the only live animals I regularly came into contact with were dogs, cats, and squirrels. The dead animals I saw every day seemed innocuous; they came wrapped in plastic from a grocery store or cheerfully served up at a restaurant.

When I finally saw how animals raised for food are treated, I lost my lunch and stopped eating them. That was over 20 years ago, and it seemed radical to many at the time. It's more commonplace today, and the number of vegetarians continues to grow as more people take the time to see where their food comes from. Although factory farms and slaughterhouses are hidden from view, you can take a peek at what inspired me and others to change our ways at www.meat.org.

The fact that Mr. Day found his firsthand experience with the killing "strangely beautiful" and that in the end he "felt sorry only that more people would never see this sort of death" is deeply troubling. He apparently feels all warm and fuzzy about the slaughter because this particular lamb died in a somewhat better fashion than she would have at a commercial slaughterhouse. That's a good thing; less suffering is better than more suffering. But there's no dilemma here, there's simply no reason for animals to suffer and die to satisfy an acquired taste for flesh.

For great vegetarian recipes, and a look at the science conclusively showing the many healthy benefits of a vegetarian diet, visit www.vegcooking.com.

Stewart David

Asheville, NC

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