As expressed in his recent article, Mick Dumke is right: Animal rights activists are getting their message through to Americans (“Ruffling feathers; Once viewed as crazies, animal-rights activists say their message is starting to get through,” Magazine, May 27).

But that message is meeting with dumbfounded rejection.

Dumke neglected to spare any room for a discussion of the movement’s most controversial position: That lab rats must not be used for medical research, regardless of the consequences for people.

Anyone who has ever needed a prescription drug or survived surgery knows how morally bankrupt this philosophy is.

It seems to me that the animal rights movement’s thought leaders genuinely don’t care if their fellow humans live or die.

If that’s the case, why on Earth should they have a say in what we eat or wear?