Digesting impact of meat consumption 

Study after study has shown that meat, like cigarettes, contributes to cancer, heart disease, and other serious illnesses (“Meat as bad as cigarettes: PETA”, February 14).

The World Health Organisation has found that dietary factors account for at least 30 per cent of all cancer cases in western countries, and a recent report by the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research states that bacon, sausage and other processed meats are so strongly tied to bowel cancer – the second most common cancer in Australia - that no one should ever eat them.

People who eat animal-based foods tend to have 2.5 times more cardiac events, including heart attacks and strokes, than people who eat plant-based food.

Our bodies are best suited for vegan diet, not a meat-based one. As Dr William, C Roberts, MD, the editor of the American Journal of Cardiology, says, “When we kill animals to eat them, they end up killing us, because their flesh, which contains cholesterol and saturated fat, was never intended for human beings, who are natural herbivores.”

Tobacco companies are rightfully vilified for causing major medical problems, but meat, egg, and dairy companies,  are also part of the problem.

Jason Baker

Campaigns director

PETA, Australia