I agree with the Maine Compass (“Horse slaughter bad business for horses, Maine communities”) published on May 7 that the abuse and slaughter of retired horses should be stopped.

Such an ethical stance, however, also must encompass all living creatures, including ones that are raised for food. Nearly all the meat we buy from supermarkets comes from confined animal feeding operations, in which the conditions described by the author are common and accepted as normal.

All animals deserve humane treatment. To be upset about the plight of horses and not about the systematic terrorizing of cows, chickens and pigs is to be guilty of species-ism.

Compassion should include all animals, regardless of how majestic or beautiful they happen to be.

Jamie J. McCarthy

Gardiner