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Opinion: Why I can live without eating meat in the pandemic

May 3, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Issac Bailey writes that he's willing to give up meat during the pandemic, if it means protecting those who work in factories (like his own brother), especially given Trump's recent executive order to keep plants open. Normally, Bailey eats meat every day and considers it a staple in his diet. But, given the global pandemic he's willing to make sacrifices to protect others.

(CNN)I love eating meat.

But I'm willing to give it up if it means people like my brother -- who worked at a small poultry processing plant in South Carolina -- don't have to risk their lives doing their jobs during this pandemic.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday aimed at keeping these meat processing facilities open, even though more than 4,900 workers have tested positive for Covid-19, and at least 20 have died, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study.

In that state, our focus is mostly on what we are likely to lose, and the things we don't want to let go of because they've long brought us comfort.

Maybe there's a better way to eat than making meat the centerpiece of just about every meal, particularly given that we think this coronavirus jumped from animals to humans.

We know it's a fetish because even though the President of the United States and corporate executives have been trying to force already-vulnerable workers to potentially expose themselves to Covid-19 just so we can keep eating meat, there was not a big outcry.

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