I beg to differ with Spencer Anderson’s take on “animal rights” (Letter to the Editor, Sept. 13, East Valley Tribune). Animals may not be able to build skyscrapers or long bridges but they can surely reason more clearly in many cases and they have the ability to evaluate the character of a man. Their love is forgiving and loyal be they canine, feline, equine, reptile, bovine, and the list goes on.
I’ve experienced their ‘knowledge’ and ability’s for most of my life. You say they can’t communicate, not by speech, but yes, by many other means, believe me, they do have feelings.
Basically what Anderson is saying, we should turn our human invalids into processed food if they have no value to build skyscrapers and bridges. Humans in most, but not all, cases possess a different type of intelligence which often turns to dangerous stupidity, witness the state of the world. Finally, animals could probably make a case for voters’ rights when one considers the qualifications of many of today’s voters.