An editorial published last week that has ignited a firestorm of protest, has endangered the life of its writer, and has resulted in a curfew and a ban on travel outside The Park “should not be ignored,” say members of The Park’s aid groups.[pullquote]It is our opinion that if a Park treats its Animals differently on the basis of appearance, we are all losers. — Hendrik Dalmatiër, Spotted Animal Alliance[/pullquote]
“[Reporter Gunnar Espen] Rotte makes a valid point, in that you don’t have to have stripes or spots to be treated badly, inside or outside The Park,” says Rosbritt Piggsvin, head of the aid association Rodents at Risk.
“Almost all of us have all suffered from some sort of prejudice in our lives,” she says.
Inez Gallina, president of the immigrant aid group Home to Roost, agrees.
“It’s not just prejudice. It’s more than that. I sometimes think it’s a holdover from the way we’re treated outside The Park. I think it spills over into our immigrants’ lives here. Native Park citizens make assumptions about us, based on what they’ve heard outside The Park. It can be devastating to a new immigrant, especially a refugee,” she says.
But Hendrik Dalmatiër of the Spotted Animal Alliance says these Animals are missing the point.
“This is not a contest about which Animal has a harder time. There is no winner here; there are only losers. It is our opinion that if a Park treats its Animals differently on the basis of appearance, we are all losers. And there is plenty of evidence that that happens,” he says.