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Old 11-14-2008, 12:39 PM
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PETA Wants Higher Insurance Premiums For Meat Eaters

Animals Rights Group Approaches Blue Cross Blue Shield

VERMONT -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is calling on Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont to raise health insurance premiums for people who eat meat, and lower the premiums for vegetarians.

In a letter sent Monday to Bill Milnes Jr., president of Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Vermont, PETA's Executive Director Tracy Reiman urged Blue Cross to raise rates on meat eaters because -- she claims -- heart disease, diabetes and other leading killer diseases have been conclusively linked to the consumption of meat and other animal products.

"Given the latest news about the effects of E. coli on meat-eaters -- and the mountain of evidence linking meat consumption to some of our nation's deadliest diseases -- this change will benefit Blue Cross Blue Shield's bottom line while also helping to ensure that your policyholders don't flat line," Reiman wrote.

Reiman went on to point to recent reports of an E. coli outbreak in Vermont. In October a Vermont slaughterhouse recalled a ton of ground beef after 10 cases of E. coli were traced to meat from Vermont Livestock Slaughter & Processing in Ferrisburg. The recall was voluntary.

Earlier in the month, three people were diagnosed with E. Coli in Orleans County. Health officials attributed those cases to raw milk as the source.

"As you might know, E. Coli grows in the intestines of many farmed animals. Slaughterhouses are filthy places, and when animals are eviscerated, feces often spray in every direction," Reiman wrote.

She goes on to claim that vegetarians are less prone to heart disease, certain types of cancer, diabetes and obesity. "By giving your policy holders a financial incentive to go vegetarian -- and penalizing those whose meat-based diets fuel our nation's worst health problems -- Blue Cross Blue Shield could save millions of dollars in the long run," Reiman writes.

But it doesn't appear that Blue Cross will be taking PETA's suggestion any time soon.

"Under Vermont law, we would not be allowed to vary rates based on the dietary and nutritional habits of various members," said Kevin Goddard, Blue Cross's vice president of external affairs. He did, however, say that Blue Cross is always looking to have the healthiest members possible, but "we have no information one way or the other if vegetarians are more healthy."

In September, PETA made headlines in Vermont and across the nation for asking Ben & Jerry's ice cream to use human breast milk in their ice cream, instead of cow milk. "We applaud PETA's novel approach to bringing attention to an issue, but we believe a mother's milk is best used for her child," a representative for Ben & Jerry's said at the time.

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We want lower lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, spinach and tofu prices in return.
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I never heard the part about them approaching Ben & Jerry about using human breast milk in their ice cream. That's insane.
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Old 11-14-2008, 06:57 PM
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Those people are psychos. They give vegetarians a bad name.
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Old 11-14-2008, 07:40 PM
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How do they explain all those WWI vets I saw on tv the other day aged 90-108yrs old? Surely these guys ate worse than we do today. I think the problem is in todays society we just don't have to do half the work they did.
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Old 11-14-2008, 10:35 PM
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They didn't eat as badly as we do actually. We take in waaaay more calories than they did--McDonald's was a treat to them, not something they ate 2-3 times a week. You're right, they did also do a lot more physical activity than we do now also.
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If we shoot enough PETA members, then that risk factor will offset the benefit of being vegetarians for them and balance the health premiums back out. After all, insurance companies take more risk factors than diet into account.

That's why insurance of any kind costs way more in Los Angeles than it does on the Gulf Coast.

So yeah, kill PETA members and keep our insurance costs down! Hey, they're coming after us so it's self-defense, right?
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