PETA vice president brings message home to Norman

Bruce Friedrich, a vice president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, returned to his hometown Tuesday to debate OU speech students about the ethics of eating meat.
BY JAMES S. TYREE Published: September 15, 2010
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Dodds said eating meat is a self-preserving act, and doing so does not mean consumers are OK with cruel treatment of animals at some facilities.

"Just because you are a consumer doesn't mean you condone cruelty," he said. "You are not held accountable because you are eating out of self-necessity; we should instead work on improving meat-producing conditions."

But Friedrich said people who don't eat meat have lower cholesterol and risk for heart attack and cancer.

"If you pay someone to do something, then you are saying, 'Yes, do it again; yes, do it again,'" he said.

Before the debate, Friedrich said he visited 20 college campuses last school year and that OU is his fourth of this year. He said the audiences tend to weigh both sides with an open mind, because they're already "thinking about how they're going to lead the rest of their lives."



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