Animal Kingdom
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.

Animal Kingdom

Letter as published on
September 16, 2019

Tuckahoe, N.Y. - There is so much incorrect about Voicer Russell Paul La Valle’s letter denouncing animal rights, it’s hard to know where to begin. Animals are ‘“irrational?" “Amoral?" Several animals are capable of complex problem solving, including fish, monkeys, squirrels and crows; many animals mate for life, including geese, swans, wolves, penguins and eagles.

And yes, animals certainly do have rights. Individual states can and have installed many bills that address the rights of animals — it’s only a few that don’t want to recognize them or the incredible methods of communication animals use that are beyond our own limited scope.

The world is changing; education, information and evolution put La Valle’s antiquated theories in the past where they belong.

Kiley Blackman
Animal Defenders of Westchester

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