Each of us is inherently an “animal rights person” to some degree, whether we realize it or not. Take the recent case of the Charleston, West Virginia, Daily Mail blogger who wrote about having a mouse in her house. In the post, she wrote, “Please don’t email me PETA.” We did one better—we sent her a humane mousetrap and then she contacted us to learn more about it. A week later, she wrote this in her blog:
“So I thought I’d do a little research on the humane mousetrap and have a chat with PETA, after all they were kind enough to send it to me, to help with my ‘uninvited’ guest. At first, I was a little wary. I mean this is the group that files lawsuits on behalf of orcas, and well, there’s nothing I like better than a … steak. But we may have found common ground on the mousetrap.”
Whether or not people support all of PETA’s campaigns, most everyone can agree on the basic principle that cruelty to animals is wrong. Even if our friends and family aren’t yet convinced that they should part ways with meat, perhaps they do agree that dogs deserve better than spending their lives on a chain or that baby elephants shouldn’t be beaten by circus trainers.
Written by Michelle Sherrow