When animal rights activists resort to phony letter-writing campaigns
to promote meatless eating, they don’t deserve to be taken seriously.
Paul Holms’s Dec. 13 letter, “Livestock’s long shadow,” was a great example.
The exact same letter Holms submitted, word for word, also ran in at
least 30 other U.S. newspapers this month. 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 fake anti-meat letters 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 of each
other. If animal rights groups want widespread exposure for their
twisted message, they should buy advertisements like everyone else.