You can make a difference with the food you choose

Have you seen the activists on Pearl Street wearing Guy Fawkes masks and holding television screens? Do you know what they’re doing there? Have you had a chance to talk to them?

The television screens are showing the numerous ways we exploit animals in our everyday lives for food, clothing, medical testing and entertainment. The footage comes mostly from organic, free-range farms to dispel the myths that there is such a thing as good farms doing it right. Even if you think there are good farms, the reality is 95% of animals in the U.S. are raised in factory farms, according to the ASPCA.

Did you check the last time you bought food out or at the grocery store if it came from a factory farm? Does it matter to you? It matters to those activists, definitely to the animals you are eating and to the planet your children want to inherit. Have you seen the IPCC report that says we have 12 years to reduce carbon emissions by half to limit the planet from warming greater than 1.5 degrees Celsius and failure to do so will result in food scarcity and mass climate devastation? Have you seen the new IPBES report on biodiversity showing 1 million species are facing extension? Did you know the biggest way to reduce one’s carbon footprint is to switch to a plant based diet?

Why didn’t you know these things? Don’t they seem important? Think about it. Now stop thinking and please do something about it. You can make an impactful choice three times a day when you choose what’s on your plate. Do it for the animals, the planet, for your health and your kids. Choose plants three times a day; it’s easier than you think, and we all make a difference!

Joshua Smith, Boulder

Colorado Parks and Wildlife treats bobcats like commodity

In allowing a greatly expanded hunting and trapping of bobcats, their fur currently a prized item in the fashion industry, Colorado Parks and Wildlife continues its regard of wildlife as a revenue resource and commodity to be harvested.

There are some who hunt and fish for food, but there remains a massive swath of male ego in hunting success and trophy taxidermy. Catch-and-release fishing, similarly considered a “sport” requiring skill, is more truthfully the torture of living beings for fun. Our human psyche is indeed an strange presence on the Earth.

Robert Porath, Boulder