We get it, David Rich. We really do. (Tribune, “Letter: Dr. King stood up for animal rights, too”; Sept. 3).
We know you want everyone to stop eating meat, “for the animals,” but I need to tell you something. This might shock you, so you’d better be sitting down.
Animals don’t have rights.
Yes, you read that correctly: Animals don’t have rights. They cannot do the things we humans can do, such as build skyscrapers or long bridges. They can’t speak like we can. What good would it do to give them the same benefits we have? What are you going to do next — give them the right to vote? Good luck with that.
If you don’t want to eat meat, that’s fine with me. I really don’t care what you choose to eat and not to eat. I really don’t care.
But don’t you dare try to stop others from eating meat. That is none of your business.
Lastly, are you aware, David, that if we stopped consuming meat and dairy products, we’d lose more than half the jobs in this country? Are you willing to put thousands of people out of work for the sake of stupid animals? I certainly hope not.