Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | AUGUST 25, 2011 7:20 AM

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Vegan dishes can be pretty yummy

In response to your mouthwatering article “UI freshman perfects vegan cupcake” (Aug. 18), I would like to send high praise to Erica Parlee for showcasing her vegan cupcake delights. Vegetarian and vegan options are more popular than ever, particularly among college students, for reasons ranging from health and environmental concerns to the clear cruelty to animals involved in raising and killing animals for food. A recent study by ARAMARK, a leading food-service provider, concluded that 24 percent of college students say actively seeking vegan cuisine is important to them.

Most students are horrified to discover that in the dairy industry, cows are repeatedly impregnated using painful machines, only to have their calves torn away from them just hours after birth. Male calves typically end up living their short lives in tiny veal crates. Egg-laying hens regularly have their sensitive beaks cut off, and male chicks are ground up alive or tossed into bags to suffocate, because they are of no use to the egg industry. Regardless of sex, all of these terrified animals are sent to slaughter when they’re no longer of use, and they are routinely skinned and dismembered while still conscious. This kind of abuse would warrant felony cruelty-to-animals charges if cats or dogs were the victims. Yet these practices are standard in an industry that refuses to make even the most basic improvements in the way that animals are treated.

Thankfully, with so many delicious and cruelty-free dishes such as vegan cookies and vegan ice cream available at most grocery stores and with chain restaurants such as Denny’s and Ruby Tuesday adding delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes to their menus, it’s never been easier to boycott this kind of cruelty. However, in Des Moines, you can bet it’s going to be Miss Dolly Cakes all the way. For more information, visit peta2.com to request a free vegetarian/vegan starter kit.

Amelia Jensen
College Campaigns Assistant

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