Kasem was a friend to animals [Letter]

June 18, 2014

We mourn the passing of animal rights champion Casey Kasem ("Casey Kasem, 'American Top 40' host, dies at 82," June 16).

Many of Mr. Kasem's fans are aware of the radio host's dedicated work for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Israeli-Palestinian peace and nuclear disarmament.

But Mr. Kasem was also a champion for the voiceless — the animals. For many years, he served as national chair of the Great American Meatout, seeking to abate this country's animal holocaust. He addressed a number of our functions in Los Angeles, and in 2005 he received the Celebrity Animal Advocate Award at the annual National Animal Rights Conference.

Mr. Kasem was a rare gift to humanity. We, the animals he sought to protect and other progressive causes will miss him.

Alex Hershaft, Bethesda

The writer is president of the Farm Animal Rights Movement.

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