By Araceli Cruz
By Tessa Stuart
By Anna Merlan
By Keegan Hamilton
By Albert Samaha
By Village Voice staff
By Tessa Stuart
By Albert Samaha
Animal rights is no longer just an anticruelty crusade; it is fast becoming a bona fide legal field. Is your fur flying?
What legal rights should animals have? I'm not sure that they should have any. I suppose every living creature should have the opportunity to live, I guess, if anything, free from cruelty.
Should roaches, rats, and pigeons have these same rights? I guess I'm going to be a species chauvinist. I think human rights should come first in this case. Especially if these animals are spreading disease.
Do you eat meat? Yes. Like I said, I'm a species chauvinist. Humans first.
Resides: Queens Village
What legal rights should animals have? I don't equate animals with human beings. But they shouldn't be taken advantage of, just for us. We shouldn't harm them or subject them to medical studies.
Should roaches, rats, and pigeons have these same rights? Yes. They can be a source of education for children.
Do you eat meat? I stopped eating red meat recently. I think it's really bad the way animals are killed for flesh. I eat chicken and fish, but maybe that's more of a cultural thing. In black culture, chicken can be a delicacy. But eventually, I'll get off meat. It's like quitting smoking, you can't do it all at once.
Resides: Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
Occupation: Literary agency
What legal rights should animals have? Animals should have the same rights that children have. If someone takes on an animal, they should see that through. I don't have any animals. My lifestyle isn't such that I can take on that responsibility.
Should roaches, rats, and pigeons have these same rights? I sometimes have fantasies of coming up with ways of obliterating pigeons from the earth. Rats, I used to have a pet rat, so I'm a little sympathetic.
Do you eat meat? Yes. It fits into my sense of animal rights uncomfortably. Like with pigeons, I really don't like birds, so I don't feel too bad about eating chicken and turkey. Otherwise, I have some qualms about eating meat.
Resides: Staten Island
Occupation: Digital printing salesman
What legal rights should animals have? I don't think they should be put in the trunk of a car. They should be able to jump around, be treated as well as humans.
Should roaches, rats, and pigeons have these same rights? Not a roach. Rats are a nuisance. There's no choice but to put the poison out. Pigeons are okay.
Do you eat meat? Yes. The way I see it, if chickens ran the world, they'd be eating us.
What legal rights should animals have? They shouldn't have the right to be free. If dogs were let loose, they'd attack people. I used to breed pit bulls, I know.
Should roaches, rats, and pigeons have these same rights? I think we should try and get rid of them.
Do you eat meat? Yes, I do. I did go six years vegetarian for health reasons. But I got anemic from iron deficiency.
Resides: Greenvale, Long Island
What legal rights should animals have? The same rights as us. The same rights. The right to evolve in peace.
Should roaches, rats, and pigeons have these same rights? I don't especially like them, but yes.
Do you eat meat? No. It's part of my way to respect the animals. Sometimes it's difficult. When you're invited someplace, it's embarrassing to say you don't eat meat.
Resides: Corona Park, Queens
What legal rights should animals have? Just as human beings, they should be free. They should be allowed to roam around the city if they want.
Should roaches, rats, and pigeons have these same rights? Roaches and rats are different. They're dirty. We should try to keep our houses and streets clean. We don't have to do anything about them, just keep clean and that'll take care of it.
Do you eat meat? No way. I've been vegetarian for two years. Meat is dirty they use too many drugs in it. It's not hard at all to not eat meat. You feel better. Stronger.