It’s Time to Rethink Our Food Choices

United Poultry Concerns <http://www.UPC-online.org>
June 7, 2020

JUNE 6, 2020

UPC President Karen Davis’s Letter to the Editor appears in the printed and
screen versions of Virginia’s *Eastern Shore Post* this week.

Dear Editor:

The coronavirus pandemic focuses our attention on the link between
cleanliness
and avoidance of disease. As much as possible, people are sanitizing their
hands, social distancing, and covering their faces to prevent the virus from
spreading. Yet most people consume products from chickens and other animals
who
have spent their life in polluted, overcrowded facilities.

Infectious microbes are drawn to population density, dirt, and weakened
immune
systems – the perfect conditions in which to spread in animals and humans
alike.

One of the worst things we do to animals in industrial farming is to prevent
them from practicing hygiene.

When chickens come to our sanctuary from a confinement facility, their
first act
in being placed on the ground is to take a dustbath. They instinctively
want to
clean their skin and feathers with particles of earth. This, for them, is
comparable to a waterbath for us.

Forcing animals to live in filth and breathe air rife with pathogens is an
experience they would not choose on their own.

Recognizing the importance of hygiene and staying healthy, we need to
remember
that the same link between health and hygiene applies to other species.
Animals
in nature would never survive if they carried the load of diseases and
immunological weaknesses that characterize modern farmed animals.

Let us think carefully about our food choices. A plant-based diet free of
animal
products is increasingly desirable and obtainable in today’s society. While
providing an opportunity for a more peaceful world, it is also an
intelligent
food safety choice.

A plant-based diet will not sacrifice jobs or hurt the economy. As long as
people exist, the same amount of food will be produced and consumed. Just
because we stop eating animal products doesn’t mean we stop eating.

Karen Davis, President
United Poultry Concerns, Machipongo

*Eastern Shore Post:*
It’s Time to Rethink Our Food Choices
<https://www.easternshorepost.com/2020/06/06/its-time-to-rethink-our-food-choices/

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