I would like to respond to Raymond Capelouto’s letter to the editor, “Holocaust Comparison Is Disturbing” [Oct. 5, Xpress]. It was written in response to my letter to the editor from Sept. 21, “Slaughterhouse ‘Blues’ Is Shocking.” First, my apology to any Jewish person who was offended. That was not my intention at all.
I remember visiting the Jewish Museum in Prague several decades ago, and it broke my heart. I think most of us are still wondering how on earth human beings were capable of doing that to other human beings, not just Jewish people but the other minorities as well.
The point of my [letter] was to express that today, billions of animals are being slaughtered yearly, and this is acceptable to most people. Animals also have feelings and fears, but most do not want to actually know the horrors of what they are put through.
I admired Cynthia Sampson’s mention in her letter to the editor [Sept. 28] that Israeli animal rights activists refer to the “Holocaust of the animals” using the same term that causes us all to shudder. That word is meant to wake us up, [make us] pay attention and say, “Never again!” Let’s include animals in this firm resolve.
— Miriam Hard