(WOIO) - I am Laurel Hopwood responding to Dominic Mancuso's Meatless Mondays editorial.
Most pigs, chickens, and cows are raised in factories. When I saw pictures of these factories, it made me feel sick. In my opinion, if I choose to eat these animals, then I feel that I am contributing to their pain and suffering.
As a nurse, I want people to feel healthy and vibrant. I believe that everyone wants to feel good and not have to pay for expensive drugs. There's a groundswell of evidence showing that nuts, beans, grains, seeds, and fruit and vegetables are better for our health.
And, that's not all. Sources of drinking water can get contaminated from the millions of pounds of by-products from animals raised in factories which can lead to toxic algae…shutting down our water systems.
"Meatless Monday" isn't dictating to people what to eat. Rather, it's a compromise. At least one day a week, I'd rather heal my body and the planet one forkful at a time.