Letter to the Editor: animals deserve respect

Why in the world are camels and ostriches being forced to run around a track for the public’s “entertainment?”
In the desert, where they belong, camels live in social herds. Mother camels are devoted to their babies. Young camels used in novelty displays like racing are torn from their nurturing mothers so they can get “used to” public contact. Camels fare very poorly when they are hauled around in transport trailers and forced to participate in events that can be confusing and frightening.
Ostriches are not designed to “race.” They are frightened to the point of panic when people are strapped to their backs. These animals are not anatomically built to carry the weight of a human being. During “ostrich races,” abnormal stress is placed on their bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons.
Camels and birds deserve respect, not to be exploited as entertainment props.
Jennifer O’Connor
Senior Writer
PETA Foundation