DawnWatch: Rooney on vegetarianism on 60 Minutes — 10/1/06

Monday, October 2nd, 2006

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Subject: DawnWatch: Rooney on vegetarianism on 60 Minutes — 10/1/06

The commentary from Andy Rooney on the Sunday, October 1, 60 Minutes (CBS) is well worth checking out. It isn’t a rousing endorsement for vegetarianism, but considering the curmudgeonly source, it is a welcome surprise. You can view the video or read the transcript online here OR at http://tinyurl.com/rb2at

Here is how Rooney ends the piece:

“I like steak, lamb and pork chops but you couldn’t make me eat rabbit or horse. When I was in France during World War II, horses would often be killed in the fields by artillery fire and the French farmers would wait until the shooting stopped and then rush out to carve up the dead horses for dinner.

“I don’t know why anyone who eats beef finds the idea of eating a horse so repulsive but I’m one of them. Horses seem so friendly and I don’t like to be reminded of the animal I’m eating. I often pass a farm with cows grazing in the field and I think to myself how terrible it is that human beings grow other animals just to kill them and eat them.

“Most of us think of vegetarians as nuts and I’m not a vegetarian but I wouldn’t be surprised if we came to a time in 50 or 100 years when civilized people everywhere refused to eat animals. I could be one of them.

“Of course, I’d be pretty old by then.”

Please go to the page linked above, read or listen to Rooney’s commentary, then click on “Go to Comments.” You will have to register with CBS in order to post a comment but the moment of inconvenience will help the animals. An enthusiastic viewer response to media coverage of animal issues encourages similar coverage in the future.

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