This is my kind of letter to the editor:

In advocating on behalf of the rights of Quebec inmates to smoke, lawyer Isabelle Turgeon is quoted as saying: “Most people think prisoners should all rot. But they’re still human beings, they’re not animals.” The implication, however unintended, is that animals merit whatever treatment is dished up to them, simply because they are not people.

Whether incarcerated inmates deserve the freedom to smoke is a subject for genuine debate. But anyone advocating for human rights does neither their own cause nor animals any favours by drawing negative comparisons to non-humans, as if their well-being is, by definition, unworthy of consideration.

Erika Ritter, Toronto

Ms. Ritter also writes books!


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