Clinging to the status quo regarding animals
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.

Clinging to the status quo regarding animals

Letter as published on NY DailyNews
September 27, 2019

Tuckahoe, N.Y.: Voicer Russell Paul La Valle conveniently ignored my response to his absurd ideas about animal immorality and irrationality.

He states instead, “The fact remains, the only so-called ‘rights’ animals have are those that man gives them in our capacity as responsible stewards of the planet.”

Unfortunately these “facts” are solely La Valle’s interpretation. La Valle’s response harkens back to the elitist days when women didn’t have the right to vote, black people were considered mere property and the concept of gay marriage was preposterous. All these faced and won hard-fought battles against those who previously were given sole authority to decide who was worthy of rights. La Valle wants to cling to the comfort of his status quo, and retain his superior position in life — but the world is changing and so are the decision makers.

If La Valle doesn’t want to change with the times, he should respectfully move out of the way of those who do.

Kiley Blackman

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