Don't treat animals 'like animals'
THE EDITOR, Sir:
Not too long ago, millions of human beings were treated like belongings. Married women and children were simply the possessions of men, and many Africans were considered to be the property of white Europeans.
But now, people are waking up to the view that - as Alice Walker, the author of The Color Purple, puts it: "The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men."
International Animal Rights Day, December 10, is an opportunity to reflect on this sentiment and recognises that there's a compassionate alternative to all forms of cruelty. We must make kinder choices if we want to stop exploiting other living beings for our own ends.