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Think about animal abuse

A letter writer and animal rights protester says the public needs to be more aware of the suffering that people cause animals. -
A letter writer and animal rights protester says the public needs to be more aware of the suffering that people cause animals.
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I’m glad to hear that letter writer Lloyd Atkins is willing to admit that cruelty is inflicted on countless domesticated animals because of agriculture (“Protesters hard to fathom,” Aug. 5).

Most people have never been near a live cow or a chicken or a pig so they put it out of their minds what these animals, who have family attachments, deep affections and a keen desire to live their lives, have to endure when slaughter time comes.

It’s nothing like taking your poor, sick old dog to the vet where he gets a needle and goes off to sleep forever.

If the Blackfish movie has drummed up some sympathy for whales in captivity, I’m glad. I would pet a cow or a pig over a whale any day but I still don’t think an animal as large as a whale should ever be kept in a big “bath tub.”

By the way, I was a protester and I met many others at the protest who, like me, don’t eat any meat or dairy or use any animal products like leather shoes, furniture, etc..

I was amazed at how many people made thoughtless remarks about protesters as they walked by like: “What a way to spend an afternoon;” “And they stand there in their leather shoes;” “That’s cruelty to animals bringing your dogs down here.”

I found the leather shoes remark to be particularly petty. Whales have been cruelly trapped and separated from their families for the rest of their lives; an ambassador arrives of his own free will and after his job is done, he returns to his home and family.

What’s behind it all? Money as usual.

 

Loraine Cassidy

Surrey

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