LETTER: The evils of meat

LETTER: The evils of meat

There are 10 comments on the The Willits News story from Jun 16, 2010, titled LETTER: The evils of meat. In it, The Willits News reports that:

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pete swinson

Hayward, CA

#1 Jun 16, 2010
meat it's whats for dinner!
buck is dead

Jackson St Forest, CA

#2 Jun 16, 2010
I going out for a steak at Al's Redwood Room......Oh I forgot it;s 2010.
Willite

United States

#3 Jun 16, 2010
I have no problem with your lifestyle, don't eat meat, that is ok with me, but don't tell me that I must eat meat grown and butchered in huge industrial plant in Iowa because you will oppose a small local slaughterhouse in Mendocino County. I'd rather eat meat grown locally, killed locally and stored locally than from who knows where. Your attitude will just keep the huge industrial death chambers unchallenged by a more humane local option. Another example of Mendocino County opposition to everything will likely prevent any progress.
Joe

West Hartford, CT

#4 Jun 17, 2010
Hartford University?
I think this article means the University of Hartford.
Just Think

United States

#5 Jun 17, 2010
- Willite wrote
"don't tell me that I must eat meat grown and butchered in huge industrial plant in Iowa because you will oppose a small local slaughterhouse in Mendocino County."
I like a good steak on the BBQ, too. I want good local natural meat that is priced well. A small local slaughterhouse SOMEWHERE in Mendo Cty, WHERE? Are we talking in (or right next to) our little town of Willits? Gosh, I hope not. I am getting depressed about our fate as a town - will We be the little town with the Skunk train (yea!) and the mental hospital and the slaughterhouse? I just don't know if I can keep my chin up through all that.
She rides a Harley

Jackson St Forest, CA

#6 Jun 17, 2010
I dont believe its the meat thats evil. I believe its what they are fed, how they are raised ( their conditions of existance ) If I were to buy some locally,, I bet I would have a better chance at my existance too...
willite

Jackson St Forest, CA

#7 Jun 17, 2010
Just Think wrote:
- Willite wrote
"don't tell me that I must eat meat grown and butchered in huge industrial plant in Iowa because you will oppose a small local slaughterhouse in Mendocino County."
I like a good steak on the BBQ, too. I want good local natural meat that is priced well. A small local slaughterhouse SOMEWHERE in Mendo Cty, WHERE? Are we talking in (or right next to) our little town of Willits? Gosh, I hope not. I am getting depressed about our fate as a town - will We be the little town with the Skunk train (yea!) and the mental hospital and the slaughterhouse? I just don't know if I can keep my chin up through all that.
My understanding is they were proposing to build a small plant on farmland. Since it would not have the feed lot we normally see and smell and it would be tiny in comparison to Harris Ranch it should make little impact. I just get tired because in Mendo County there is always some group protesting nearly everything being proposed. Now it is "no slaughterhouse because I don't eat meat and you shouldn't either, cause I say so."
K Leary

Concord, CA

#8 Jun 17, 2010
What is not taken into consideration in the article is the difference in life span between the 1900s and current. Live long enough and insult the tissue enough and cancer will come.
But this study mentioned also failed to report the connection between falling vitamin D levels nationwide and increasing cancer rates.( http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/ )
"Demonizing" something is just as bad as ignoring pertinent facts. Meat is no more "evil" than a shoe a rock or a cardboard box. Locally grown and processed meat? Sure. But I do not like the idea of another Harris Ranch here either.
the fearless spectator

Jackson St Forest, CA

#9 Jun 17, 2010
History tells us when human types started eating meat they got SMARTER....It's really just common sense...isn't it? Moderation in everything....to many burgers makes baby a fatty girl......
What this person seems to be saying is a slaughter house in the valley would be weird, I agree. Willits valley is to small, maybe Ukiah could deal....yea right......As it is now it's up north, which the ranchers hate for obvious reasons, follow the money. The cattle yards on 5 is enough to make the most redneck among us a veggie though.......what's for dinner this year at the Gala ?
reality checker

United States

#10 Jun 17, 2010
I have lived in the Willits area for over 25 years and have raised my children here. They did not grow up eating meat but they did and still do consume fish as their main source of protein. They are lean and healthy, over six feet tall, and as adults, they do not have the common problems with obesity that plague the majority of Americans. The latest Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index shows that 63.1% of adults in the U.S. were either overweight or obese in 2009. I actually think fish does more for the intellect than meat does and it is probably healthier as well. While it is each person's choice to eat what he/she thinks is best, I personally think meat is not the optimal choice. Aside from that, it would not be my choice to have a "livestock processing facility" in Mendocino County. Therefore, I think this matter should be a ballot issue for the people of Mendocino County to vote on rather than a decision made by a small segment of the population that favors this endeavor. There are many alternatives for stimulating our local economy without resorting to slaughtering animals to perpetuate the unhealthy meat eating life style. How much industry will this really bring to Mendocino County as an offset to the increasing health care costs for those of us who are obese? Yeah, you know who you are. Look in the mirror and remember that what you see/are is the culmination of your choices throughout life. Call it choice or karma but do not expect the taxpayers to cover your knee replacements and cancer therapies when you could have prevented these illnesses in the first place.

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