Letters
From Animal Defenders of Westchester (ADOW)

We advocate on all animal protection and exploitation issues, including experimentation, factory farming, rodeos, breeders and traveling animal acts.

Sticks, stones and words

Letter as published on NY Daily News
September 19, 2016

Tuckahoe, N.Y.: Re “Florida man uses small shark to catch large shark” (Sept. 12):

Why is the man’s activity, which involves human trickery that causes painful death, merely called a “fishing excursion” — but the large shark having a perfectly normal meal is called an “attack”?

Language is powerful: We make animal behavior sound “wild” to justify our cruelty towards them. Non-human animals are sentient and intelligent; it is time to afford them the same respectful language human animals demand.

Kiley Blackman
Animal Defenders of Westchester (ADOW)