In response to the editorial "Nice Froggie" (Aug. 7), I would like to make a few comments. There are many facets to Jenifer's story, and the court case is complex.
Jenifer Graham is my daughter, and we have been "slugging it out" so to speak, with hard-fought, time-consuming, stressful litigation for over a year because she believes in the sanctity of all life, including animals. To treat her viewpoint as an oddity is to ignore the larger issues involved. Although dissection can be seen as an "unpleasant rite of passage" to some people, to others it represents the misuse of animals in a system which tends to value them only as "tools" used to teach concepts that could be learned without harming or destroying other creatures.
One reason for teaching children to respect other forms of life such as animals, is that this respect will naturally be extended to other areas of consideration--say, respecting one's neighbors, be they individuals or nations, respecting the environment, and ultimately all of life on planet Earth. Lofty? Perhaps. However, with the direction our world is taking on the road to destruction, it may be imperative to start changing our attitudes on basic levels if we ever expect to bring about constructive change.