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Regarding your article "City Kids Learn About the Land' in your January/February 2005 issue (In Brief), I think it is great that city kids get to work on a farm and learn about organic agriculture and sustainability, but I think this program is irresponsible in not promoting veganism as a part of environmentalism. The article refers to children giggling as they feed their food scraps to pigs. Are these children being taught about what will happen to that pig when it comes time for him or her to be slaughtered?

And would these children be thrilled to meet the cows who provide their milk if they got to see the male offspring of those cows spending the first six weeks of their lives in veal crates? If we want the next generation to make wise choices and treat the Earth and its creatures better than this and past generations, then we must never shy away from telling them the truth: Real environmentalists don't eat animals. Real environmentalists have compassion for all living creatures.

Ginny Johnson

Eugene, OR
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Title Annotation:ADVICE & DISSENT: Letters from our readers
Author:Johnson, Ginny
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:May 1, 2005
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