Our man not a meat-eater?

Dateline: Thu 15 Mar 2007

Gov. Mitch Daniels may not be getting his legislative needs met in the Statehouse, but he did get a basket of fake fruit and veggies yesterday, with an agenda attached: make Indiana the first state to endorse vegitariansm.

Here's the release from my buddy Walfredo de Freitas of the Indiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals:

"Indiana is going to become the state of vegetarianism. The Indiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) delivered this afternoon a basket with faux vegetables and fruits, and a PETA

Vegetarian Starter Kit to Gov. Mitchell Daniels.

"ISPCA, a registered lobby organization, seeks Daniel's support of the most important piece of vegetarianism law in the United States.

ISPCA wants health insurance companies to charge four times more for

meat-eaters and even to deny coverage for some forms of cancer, diabetes, and heart treatment for anyone who has eaten any meat during the past three years. This law could start in 2012.

"'It is not fair that I have to pay an expensive premium because most people have bad eating habits", says Walfredo de Freitas, director of ISPCA. According to Freitas, the American Heart Association reports that vegetarians "have a lower risk of obesity, coronary heart disease (which causes heart attacks), high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, and some forms of cancer."

"'If our man Mitchell Daniels is talking seriously about healthy Hoosiers, which I believe he does, he has to support our project."

Added Freitas, "Everyone has the right to eat what she/he wants, but

everyone has to pay for her/his own choices."

With all due respect to Walfredo and his longstanding campaign on behalf of animals, and with full awareness that Mitch Daniels undoubtedly consumes a healthy diet hiimself, Indiana is, after all, promoting massive hog production and exportation in the form of corporate mega consolidated farms. You'll be reading more about this from sister blogger Susan Gillie, who has been researching the state's infatuation with CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations).

So will Daniels take the veggie bait? Not likely. Altho 'tis a lovely thought. And one has to admire, always, hope.

comments: ruth@ruthholladay.com

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