DEAR READERS: We are all witness to the tragic loss of lives, personal suffering, and social and economic chaos that have accompanied COVID-19, along with a lack of governmental and personal responsibility in stemming the pandemic. If this pandemic has taught us anything, it is that becoming vegetarians -- and ideally, vegans -- is the best preventive for future pandemics. THOUSANDS OF MINK DIE FROM COVID-19 INFECTED WORKERSTwo of the largest mink farms in Utah were put under quarantine in August after animals and employees tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 (Salt Lake Tribune, 8/17). Internationally, SARS-CoV-2 infections were confirmed in mink at 41 farms in Denmark and suspected at 20 more. The cultural and socioeconomic crises in the U.S. and many other countries, catalyzed by the COVID-19 pandemic, are collisions of truths.