Put down the steak knife and do better

To the editor,
I want to thank Dante Gomez for his insightful commentary to the Soapbox on Jan. 23. Cruelty is cruelty and suffering is suffering, no matter the species.
  Most of us humans have a choice, we do not have to consume animals and animal products to survive – or even have a high quality of life. We also do not have to slaughter each other during economic hard times, as with the holocaust or genocide.
  We can put down our forks, use our heads and do better. We can also make ourselves healthier in the process. 
 Thank you, Dante, for your wisdom.
– Marianne Spencer Pearlman, Durango