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    Even a cynic can appreciate method to their madness

    In May activists in Washington protested Air India’s alleged role in shipping animals for experimentation.
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    In May activists in Washington protested Air India’s alleged role in shipping animals for experimentation.

    When an obfuscating cynic like Alex Beam writes a heartfelt opinion piece, it is very powerful (“The PETA enthusiast,” Op-ed, July 11). Beam’s ability to understand what is behind the drama of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is a lesson to those who cringe at PETA’s attention-getting tactics.

    He writes, “That is why everybody hates PETA. That is why I love PETA, why I always have, and why I suspect I always will.” It is the reason I now love Beam as I never before have.

    Michael Rothman

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