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Allowing PETA into our city’s government

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August 23 RDR had a letter “All animals have rights.” The writer was answering my letter of August 17 concerning an offer to the City Council by an animal rights group. She ignored my statement “… I am not promoting license to abuse animals …”

Whatever might be the best way to run our zoo, we must not set the precedent of having a private organization, however well-intentioned, telling us how to run our zoo. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is a militant organization that has among its stated goals to eliminate zoos and circuses. They don’t even want to allow killing pests, such as rats. Will they tell us not to kill flies and mosquitoes? Or microbes?
At peta.org we find that PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk has said, “…a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy. … Only prejudice allows us to deny others the rights that we expect … for ourselves. Whether it’s based on race … or species, prejudice is morally unacceptable. Dogs and pigs have the same capacity to feel pain, but it is prejudice … that allows us to think of one animal as a companion and the other as dinner.”

We must remember that Genesis chapters 1 and 2 have given people dominion over the animals. We are not given license to abuse them, but they are for our benefit. In Proverbs 12:10, “The godly care for their animals, but the wicked are always cruel.” (NLT) In Genesis chapter 3, we find that God made clothes of skin for Adam and Eve. Should we believe PETA or The Bible? Is a farmer immoral for keeping a plow animal?
If we go to latimes.com/opinion/ we find that PETA had to pay the circus $25 million to settle a racketeering counterclaim after it was alleged the organization had paid a former Ringling elephant trainer to be a plaintiff. That certainly sounds like a militant organization. Do we want such a group involved in our city government? The writer should tell us if she agrees with PETA that all circuses and zoos should be abolished. She should understand that zoos are often the last hope for endangered species. They are also a wonderful tool for education.
I wish that that writer would turn her passion against the annual slaughter of over 900,000 unborn human babies[RS1] in the USA. Do they have rights? If a rat has a “right to life” does an unborn human child have at least that much right?
Russell A. Scott
Roswell

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