Target: Princess Michael of Kent
Goal: Apologize for publicly stating that animals should not have rights because they don’t have money.
Princess Michael of Kent recently stated that animals do not have rights because “they don’t pay taxes.” The royal said this offensive comment during a book tour for a novel she recently released and has since ignited backlash from the animal rights community. Her justification for the comments is that since animals do not contribute to society financially, they do not have rights.
The Princess has stated she is a “great animal lover,” however her comments do not reflect this. “They don’t have bank accounts. They don’t vote,” the Princess allegedly stated during an interview. Stating that because animals do not have money or political views, they have no claim to rights is outrageous, especially coming from a supposed animal lover.
The Princess’s views are incredibly distorted from reality. It is imperative that she be more careful about the way she speaks on these issues because of how influential her opinion is. Princesses are role models for young girls and their opinions are often mirrored in the eyes of young people. She must uphold strong values on the treatment of animals and teach the next generation to do the same. If her statements were to be applied to everyone, then kids would not be given rights either. Children do not vote or have bank accounts, so does this mean they should also be ignored in the justice system?
Urge the Princess to apologize for her comments. Reckless words coming from such a powerful figure can be incredibly damaging to the minds of young people. The Princess must be aware of the fact that her words reach people and use that power for good and speak carefully.
Dear Princess Michael of Kent,
I am writing to you because I as well as many others are saddened at your recent comments about animal rights. You have allegedly stated that animals do not have rights because “they don’t pay taxes.” It is disappointing for such careless comments to come from someone who has advocated themselves as a “great animal lover.”
Stating that because animals “don’t have bank accounts. They don’t vote,” is incredibly unsettling. If those comments were to refer to human citizens, then children would also not have rights. They do not vote nor do they have bank accounts, but we would not suspend their right to justice over that.
As a Princess, your opinions are publicized immediately and you are looked upon as a role model. You must be aware of the fact that as such a powerful and influential figure, your words reach people and affect them strongly. Young girls idolize princesses and your opinions are ones they are likely to mirror.
Animals must have humans be their voice as they do not have one. I urge you to apologize for these comments and choose your words carefully when speaking publicly.
[Your Name Here]
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