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Letter: Our treatment of animals speaks volumes about us:

Our treatment of animals speaks volumes about us

This is in response to the “nature” column written by Gerry Rising in the Feb. 15 News. In a previous article, he said there are too many deer and they should be eliminated. Now, we should feel sorry for those poor trappers (or should I say “ranchers”) who suffer extreme physical discomfort in setting their traps. Who cares if the beavers slowly drown in their underwater cages, or foxes or other animals have their legs smashed in these traps? No, trappers should be applauded. After all, we look much better wearing animal fur than they do.

Rising also insinuates we should continue to cut up frogs, rats and other animals for dissection in schools and medical laboratories rather than use high-quality graphics as a substitute. If a laboratory mouse has a favorable reaction to a drug, does this really mean it is safe to inject the drug in a human body?

It appears there are way too many animals inconveniencing us. Perhaps it would be best to eradicate them except for a few, and place them in zoos so we can “manage” them. Let’s never mention human encroachment, habitat loss or, for one example of unnecessary cruelty, chopping off the beaks and toes of chickens and then crowding them into cages so small they can’t turn around. Of course, that would mean responsibility, accountability and kindness toward creatures that were placed here to share our world.

Was Gandhi wrong when he said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”? I don’t think so.

Margo Banatti