The Threat To Our Food

“American farmers, processors and consumers have long taken comfort in the relative safety of the nation’s food supply,” Reuters reports. “As with so many aspects of life in the United States, that changed on September 11. In the days following the devastating air attacks on U.S. targets, the country suddenly faced the possibility of intentional contamination of its food… One scenario that worries U.S. food industry leaders is the intentional introduction of foot-and-mouth disease.”

As we noted in our op-ed published in USA Today, the attack could be launched by Americans: In April, PETA co-founder Ingrid Newkirk expressed hope that foot-and-mouth disease, so devastating in Great Britain, would infect the United States. “I openly hope that it comes here,” the anti-meat activist proclaimed.

Newkirk isn’t the only PETA zealot encouraging violence toward the nation’s food industries. Just this summer, PETA’s Bruce Friedrich told an animal rights convention in Virginia: “It would be a great thing if, you know, all of these fast-food outlets and these slaughterhouses and these laboratories and these banks that fund them exploded tomorrow… I think it’s perfectly appropriate for people to take bricks and toss them through the windows… Hallelujah to the people who are willing to do it.”

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