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Do not inflict pain upon living animals

Since the days of Ellis Island, immigrants have come to this country looking for the American Dream. Our history has changed in that we as a society fought for the rights of animals, not to harm them.

Now all I hear about is respect for other cultures who come to this country who think they can do whatever they want to an animal because it is accepted in their homeland. We have laws here that protect animals and which should be enforced.

If someone wanted to cut open a dog or cat — which are warm-blooded like us — while they were alive, there would be an uproar. So why feel differently just because lobsters, octopuses, snakes, turtles, etc., are cold-blooded? They feel pain because they are alive and breathing (“PETA calls dish at Flushing eateries animal cruelty,” Queens Village Times, April 29).

Let’s hear it for the American culture and American way of treating animals. That is respect for our culture and animals.

Joan Silaco

Queens Village

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