From ANIMAL PEOPLE, April 2012:
“The Animal Rights Agenda 25 years later”
Concerning the January/February 2012 ANIMAL PEOPLE editorial “The ‘Animal Rights Agenda’ 25 years later,” how I wish I had read the original “Animal Rights Agenda” co-authored by Kim Bartlett, Marti Kheel, and Henry Spira way back in 1987; I would not have had to muddle through in complete ignorance all these years! Every word you wrote I say “amen” to.
I also liked Kim’s memorial to a poor injured rat in that issue. Oh, how sad! One consolation was that he experienced love before he died. I love rats, too. My husband and I secretly nurtured one when we were staying with my in-laws. Valentino, as we named him, enjoyed the special meals we put for him in the fuse box closet. But his blissful life ended tragically a few months later when he decided to approach me as I sat in the living room with our dog Spotty.
New Manila, Quezon City
Nita Hontiveros-Lichauco was among the youngest volunteers recruited by Muriel Jay, the British missionary teacher who founded the Philippine Animal Welfare Society in 1954. PAWS lapsed into inactivity after Jay returned to Britain, but Hontiveros-Lichauco revived it in 1986 and led the campaign that won passage of the Philippine Animal Welfare Act in February 1998. Read more