"Yet again we see a 4-H member crying and undoubtedly wracked with guilt over what she’s about to do. This year, as reported by CBC, a young girl from the Comox Valley Club was in tears as she led the steer she raised over the last year into the auction ring at the PNE.
She knows this is the last time she’ll see her beloved animal. She knows it’s going for slaughter and that she’s betrayed a trust and a bond.
Yet adults insist on desensitizing our young people by teaching them that an animal’s value lies in the bottom line. Exploitation for financial gain. To the purchasers, the sponsors, the corporations, the media, - all of us - take a second to think about what is being taught here. It certainly doesn’t make one optimistic for a better and compassionate world.” - rabbitadvocacy
How much longer before the brainwashing takes hold and this girl and her peers are desensitized to the horror they are part of?
I tear up everytime I see or hear about a 4-h kid being forced or coerced into selling an animal they have no doubt bonded with to slaughter.
I participated in a 4-H type of program (not sure if it was 4-H or not) when I was about 10. They never told me what was going to happen to the calf I bottle fed and raised. They said he was going to live on a farm somewhere… until I sat down to dinner one night. Once I was halfway through my burger, my dad said “doesn’t Freddie taste good?”
I cried for days. And I refused to eat meat for a long time, although I wouldn’t go fully vegetarian until 2-3 years later.
Would you do this to a child’s dog or cat? Serve them their hamster fried on a bun? No, of course not, because that’s cruel and, as I’m sure almost everyone will agree, wrong. So what makes it okay to do this when the animal in question is a cow or pig or chicken or rabbit? Because they’re “for food,” and you have to kill them, and you’re not supposed to kill someone you love.