Missing in young Noah S.B. Williams’ essay as proudly promoted by his mother, Jampa Williams [Commentary, Nov. 25, “Is An Animal A Thing? Or A Being?”] is the idea that even if animals are not “things,” human beings are certainly superior.
It’s sad to see a 7-year-old child encouraged to expound on moral philosophy, especially regarding a subject such as animal “rights,” which has the potential to be so damaging to humanity.
Without the understanding of animals as lower life forms, we could never have developed the polio vaccine, AIDS drugs or cancer therapies. My preschool daughter believes “Dora the Explorer” is real. But that doesn’t make it so. And if her opinion made it into print, I would be embarrassed for her not proud.