Letter to the editor

Dear Editor,

I don’t blame rural Alabama residents for raising a stink because “chicken sludge” is being spread over fields in the area. I wouldn’t want filthy, foul-smelling, water-polluting, insect-attracting chicken waste in my community either.

But as long as humans eat chicken flesh then we’ll have to deal with chicken feces, feathers and other biosolids. It’s that simple. The Pew Environment Group estimates the roughly 523 million chickens raised and killed each year in Maryland and Delaware alone generate enough waste to fill the dome of the U.S. Capitol about 50 times or almost once a week.

Yeah, holy crap is right.

There wouldn’t be so many “biosolids” for the chicken industry to dispose of if everyone ate vegan chicken and other tasty vegan foods instead of chicken flesh and eggs.

No one can reverse the damage that’s already been done in Alabama and around the nation, but we can all help protect the environment and reduce animal suffering by choosing tasty vegan meals from now on. For more information and a free vegan starter kit, please see www.PETA.org.

 

Heather Moore

The PETA Foundation