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PETA is wrong, can we agree?


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The Sept. 20 RDR had a letter answering my letter of Sept. 13 about animal rights.

I was pleased to see that we agree on some points. We both agree that animals should not be abused. We both want well-run zoos. We both abhor the slaughter of innocent, unborn human babies.

I hope we can also agree that it would not be prudent to have an organization such as PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) telling us how to run our zoo, when they have a stated goal to abolish all zoos and circuses. While we should not abuse animals, we must not elevate them to the status of people with legal rights.

I hope we can agree that PETA is wrong in stating, “A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy.” I hope we can agree that it is moral to kill pests such as rats, flies, mosquitoes, and certain microbes.

I have no problem with performing animals, as long as they are treated humanely. I have no inside information on the workings of circuses, but I would not accept the word of PETA that all or most animal trainers abuse animals to make them perform. I would agree that if it is not possible to train animals without abusing them, we should not have performing animals. I rather doubt that animals cannot be trained without abuse.

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As for opposing abortion, I was certainly out of line when I assumed that writer was pro-abortion. If she has the pro-life passion, how has it expressed itself in substantive action? Has she ever written a letter to the editor concerning the slaughter of unborn human babies? She has been forthcoming about her beliefs concerning zoos and circuses. Is she willing to be forthcoming about this? It is commonplace that many who will march in a parade to “Save the baby (whales, seals)” will be the same folks who march in a parade to “Keep Abortion Legal.”

Once again, we must ask, “Will we believe PETA’s model for the interaction between people and animals, which gives animals rights on a par with people, or will we believe The Bible?” The Bible states that God gave people dominion over the animals, but has told us not to abuse them. Deuteronomy 25:4. “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading grain.” (NIV)

Russell A. Scott