When animal-rights activists resort to letter-writing campaigns to make their points, they don’t deserve to be taken seriously. Sheldon Latchiver’s Dec. 8 letter, “The meat/dairy threat,” was a great example.

Latchiver’s letter also ran in at least 15 other newspapers this month, and in each case a different activist “signed” it. This is part of an organized campaign by the Farm Animal Reform Movement, a radical animal-rights group that sends thousands of anti-meat letters like this to newspapers every year.

If you want to express a point of view in public, the least you can do is use your own words. But hundreds of animal-rights letters appearing on opinion pages this year were just carbon copies. If animal-rights groups want that kind of exposure, they should buy ads like everyone else.