To the Editor:
I would like to address some questions to the neighbors of the yellow, one-story home on Fairview Street in south Berkeley, where a few feral cats who roam at large in the neighborhood are fed.
How can we teach our children to respect the value of human life if we hold the lives of animals, with whom they can identify, cheaply? And if we are not on the side of life and against unnecessary killing, wherever and whenever it is possible, how can we be sincerely on the side of life and against unnecessary killing at all?
The Fairview Street cats are all altered — they will not be having kittens or creating a population explosion. How can they do you any serious harm?
It is the goal of animal rescue organizations to create controlled situations in which the lives of animals may be spared in a responsible way. How can a civilized human being be opposed to this? When we rescue animals, we learn how to rescue ourselves. It is a lesson we need to learn.