A recent CNN Eatocracy post was titled "Does 4-H desensitize kids to killing?".
What I began to ruminate about as I thought about this is the general state of mind of the public as a whole. Has the United States become so disconnected as to where the food on their plates, and the clothes on their back comes from, that they have in a since, started living in a fairy tale world?
I was raised up in 4-H, and what I learned was that while beef did come from cattle, pork came from pigs, and eggs and chicken legs came from...well...chickens. We were also taught that cotton is a natural fiber produced here in this country that's used to make cloth, leather is a product that comes from animals, and vinyl and polyester are by-products of the petroleum industry. All these products are utilized to clothe, feed, and protect the consumers of this country.
We were taught animal husbandry, and good stewardship of our land. If we don't care for the land or animals under our care, then they won't produce and our efforts would be wasted.
Every farmer and rancher that I know has an emotional attachment to their land and animals, and we care for these in a responsible and humane way.
Just last week, I had a heifer that got down, I didn't let her lay in the hot sun and just suffer her last hours away. She was provided food, water, and veterinary care to attempt to treat and rehabilitate her. Having grown up with cattle, I knew the prognosis was poor from the start, but, (BUT!!) I tried everything we knew to try. I never once turned my back on her and left her to suffer. Had she showed signs of suffering, she would have been humanely euthanized.
As I read these post about "desensitizing kids" I can help but wonder if those posters are sitting there at their computer, powering it with a generator hooked up to bicycle pedals, and are hungry and naked, as they spew forth information, that they apparently have only one sided jaded information about.
Thank you for letting have my moment to rant. Before you write back some bashing remarks, because you disagree with my feelings (and therefore I am wrong, not you) I'd like to ask you this, are you sitting there naked and hungry? If you're not, then you need to thank a farmer or rancher, not condemn them.