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Letters: A vegan diet is for our own good - not just the good of animals

Published 13/08/2014 | 02:30

Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton

In Ian O'Doherty's defensive, vitriolic and misleading column about PETA this week (Irish Independent, August 11), I came across one lonely thought worthy of reply: "If meat is murder, then should we criminalise tigers?"

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The difference is this: tigers kill for food because they are what's called "true carnivores" and could not survive without meat, whereas eating animals is leading humans to an early grave.

The president of the American College of Cardiology, Dr Kim A Williams, like many more cardiologists and other physicians, recommends adopting a vegan diet. Dr Williams asks: "Wouldn't it be a laudable goal (of the American College of Cardiology) to put ourselves out of business within a generation or two?"

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