To the editor:

This Sept. 1 will mark 80 years since Hitler invaded Poland and started World War II. Three years later, he launched the Holocaust that murdered six million European Jews.

A key question facing historians is how could an enlightened society that produced our civilization’s greatest philosophers, poets, painters and composers also produce its most notorious mass murderers, along with millions of ordinary upstanding citizens who just went along. 

Was the Holocaust a peculiarly German phenomenon, or are other enlightened societies capable? How about our own American society?

Jewish Nobel laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer gave a clear answer when he wrote: “To the animals, all people are Nazis.” Singer’s message is that we are all capable of oppressing the more vulnerable sentient beings in our midst, frequently without even thinking about it. 

Our own enlightened society has translated the arbitrary Nazi dictum “the Christian lives, the Jew dies” into an equally arbitrary “the dog lives, the pig dies.” Only the victims’ names have been changed. The blissful, self-serving ignorance of the death camps and slaughterhouses in our midst remains.

Our very first step on the long road to end all oppression should be to drop animals from our menus.

(s) casey entwistle


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Benjamin Wambeke

There is certainly nothing wrong with veganism and vegetarianism, especially considering the link the food industry has with pollution and thus climate change, but can we please not compare the plight of the Jewish people during the Holocaust to the plight of animals. First off, One is a group of human beings. Comparing Jews to pigs is just not a good comparison. Second off, while killing animals may not end up being the best idea human have, it has a purpose. To feed people. People cannot live without food. The genocide of millions of Jews, did not have a purpose besides to eradicate a group based only on one factor of them. They lived in miserable conditions, and died horrible, tragic deaths. That may be the case with some farms, but it was absolutely the case with all Nazi death camps.

I appreciate the enthusiasm, and will fight with you for animal rights, but animals are not people. People are people.


Please read Lew Freedman’s column. I don’t ever expect to stop eating meat until I’m in the grave. I like my vegetables as much as anyone, including broccoli, but a meal is missing something without meat.


Does one think that animals for food consumption would be around if not to be used for food, newsflash they would immediately be disposed of, they are not there for looks.

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