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It’s the Meat, Stupid!

Written by PETA | August 1, 2008

Everyone needs to pay attention because this is getting a lot less hype in the media than the original story did. There’s scientific evidence to prove what PETA has been saying all along: The recent salmonella outbreak wasn’t all about tomatoes or jalapeños but rather contaminated water.

Why is the water contaminated, you ask? Long story short, it’s because massive overproduction of factory-farmed animals leads to tons of feces. Cattle are sick (rhymes with “ick”), and so are chickens. Living in filth makes their disease spread. Those tons and tons of contaminated feces then end up in the irrigation water (ick)—the same water that then ends up on the produce (double ick).


The meat industry is the culprit! (I keep hearing my mother’s voice in my head … “If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you 1,000 times.”) So stop blaming the poor tomatoes already!

Better yet, join the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) in demanding that the Department of Health and Human Services investigate the meat industry—the real reason why our produce is contaminated!

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  • Judith FFFA says:

    Farm Animals Extinct means safe forever. Bless their hearts. The horror of it all must come to an end. Extinct means safe forever. Peace for all animals! Most of my heroes wear masks!

  • erika says:

    now there will probably be more people cutting out meat becuase of this…. we can only hope so….

  • Gabby and Cindy says:

    Cindyi knowthey dont torture tomatoes.but they torture cowsand other animals for there meat. Gabby Two words Poor animals

  • Jennifer says:

    We really need to be careful with everything we put into our bodies nowadays. My son who has NEVER eaten meat makes me so proud got campylobacteriosis from eating at a resteraunt. I guess someone didn’t wash to well before handling his food. From now on we are very careful where we buy our produce.

  • BBR says:

    Soon we won’t be able to eat anything. All because of the severe stupidity of people. I didn’t ever know this but it makes sense. People don’t seem to realize that an action causes a reaction. Whehter that be good or bad.

  • Rose Corletto. says:

    Sadly i truly think that the best thing that can happen to animals is for the world to come to end i hate to be negative about this but of all the pain in all the world the animals have it the worse they suffer the worst abuses the most cruelest things that man can do have been done to them and is happening every day is happening now as im writting this all over the world and no one can stop no matter how hard we try because sadly the majority of humans in the world have no love .compassion or sympathy what so ever towards animals they use and abuse them with no regards for the evil they do unto them so i often think that when the world ends and we humans are no more that all the animals will finally stop suffering for ever for death may come as a relief for them and it hurts me to say it but of all Gods creation i think we humans are Gods mistake some of us are kind but there is too many cruel and evil people is sad the horrible tings they do to animals how can they ? i know i could never!I love animals! .

  • marysol says:

    I was watching a show called Forensic Files I think it was that one and it was about a young boy who ate a piece a raw meat and got E coli. As the narrator began to explain how food was contaminated by E Coli he said that it is in cows’ intestines and that produce becomes contaminated when farmers use manure as a fertilizer and the manure comes in contact with the produce. Just an example of how dangerous it is for humans to eat meat or even just manure comming into contact with our veggies!!

  • Ally says:

    Exactly where do you think all these diseases come from!?! It’s from us eating and drinking from animals! I’m vegan by the way. People really need to open there eyes! And there are other things wrong with the world besides this too! Has anyone seen Sicko or the Eleventh Hour!? If we don’t change our ways soon we’ll either have utmost chaos or the end of our world!!! Sorry to be so negative! ‘

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  • ATHENA C. HOGUE says:

    It seriously makes you wonder…if e.coli comes from feces and vegetation isn’t well known for producing feces where do people think it’s coming from?! And Becky you are SO right! Glass walls…if only…

  • Bekky says:

    Animals arn’t food theres an old saying that i think is true. If the walls to slaughter farms where glass the whole world would be vegetarians. I’m a vegan and everybody always tells me “Thats soo unhealthy you need meat and dairy to live” but it just isn’t true. Its NOT the circle of life its just plain wrong!

  • WA. Ford says:

    Duh! On another vegetarian advocacy website they said meat is the largest source of food borne illness. Samonella is from animal feces and it can contaminate water used to irrigate crops.

  • Maya, CVT says:

    All the more reason to buy from your local farmers! I have visited the farms where I buy my local produce it is all vegan and there are no cattle farms nearby. Of course it does not guarantee that the water is not polluted but I’ve been buying from them for 10 plus years and I’ve never had a problem.

  • Judith FFFA says:

    This is the absolute truth. Why in the world when you listen to this on the news every night like my husband and I do you never hear the newscasters speak the truth. No one wants to talk about the real truth. It boggles the mind. So many people know about this but sometimes I think that the cattle ranchers or the USDA have threatened to take legal action against anyone that would even hint at this finding. It’s suppose to be illegal to not tell the truth to the people. Well we know all about that. The only person that we have ever heard talk about this on their program is Bill Maher When he comes back on August 22nd I am sure he will continue with this subject. Peace for all animals! Most of my heroes wear masks!