I was encouraged by the ending of Lawana Questâ€™s comments [Kittens abandoned all over Langley, Dec. 9 Letters, Langley Advance].
It is, at best, pure laziness and selfishness, or at worst, apathy and low moral conduct to abandon domestic animals, baby or otherwise. But I was oddly struck at how the letter ended, â€œIt is a sad fact that some people think cats and kittens are disposable. But they are living beings that feel fear just as we do, that feel cold and hunger and pain.â€
This is the same reasoning that vegans use when explaining to omnivores why we donâ€™t eat animals. In fact, all animals feel pain and suffering. All animals treasure their lives and freedom, not just those which humans have arbitrarily classified as pets.
Forward-thinking physicians and nutritionists, as well as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics have endorsed plant-based diets.
If thereâ€™s no survival reason to eat animals, why do so? Any reason constitutes an excuse.
Alice Walker of The Colour Purple wrote, â€œThe animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than blacks were made for whites, or women for men.â€
Patricia Tallman, Langley