I’m a horseman. A dog and cat owner. A rancher’s girlfriend. A lover and eater of beef. All of those things that I just listed are choices I make. And last I checked I’m free to make those choices. I’m not breaking any laws by doing so. This week’s spin is on opinions, and while I’m giving you mine, I’m going to point out that some people go too far with theirs.
It seems lately, that my way of life is under attack from vegans. And not only vegans, but those proponents of PETA, and HSUS (aka the Humane Society of the United States- more on them to come- in the form of another post); in other words, animal-rights’ activists that claim that me wearing fur (which I do) or me eating meat is murder. That our *factory* farming/ranching practices are morally wrong.
HSUS is on record as saying that they’d be fine with the extinction of all animals bred for domestic use (read through that page to the bottom- it’s too good to pass up). They’d relish a totally vegan society (no pun intended. Okay. Maybe there was!). I also find that often times, these same people vote for politicians that preach tolerance. But they’re only tolerant if you agree with them. The center for consumer Freedom has numerous articles and journalist’s reports of the HSUS not caring for animals that it rescues. That’s real humane. But that’s not their point. They’re not really concerned for the well-being of animals. It’s a ploy. I promise. If you do your research you’ll find that only a tiny portion of their budgets goes to actually helping animals.
You see, the thing is, I don’t tell a vegan he/she/they should eat meat; just like I don’t tell Jen, the (Sprite’s) keeper of the Spin Cyle, that she should eat pork. If someone wants to be a vegan, more power to them; but many vegans/animal right’s activists do everything in their power legally, and sometimes illegally, to change the face of agriculture, ranching, or animal husbandry, in order to force their way of life on us. And frankly, I don’t roll that way.
One of the things they do to mislead the public (most people living in the city are 3 generations removed from the farm) is tell y’all that corporate farmers and ranchers mistreat their animals. The fact is that98% of the farms and ranches owned in this country are run by families. Zach is a 3rd generation rancher. I have friends on twitter that are 4th and 5th generation ranchers. Do those of you reading this, really believe that by mistreating animals on the family owned/operated farm/ranch that we and other farmers and ranchers would be able to make our livings?
The fact of the matter is that we are very concerned about the welfare of our animals. Rain or shine; hot, cold or snow storm, there are animals to be taken care of. In the winter, regardless of what the weather is doing, there is hay and cake to be fed and water to be opened because we need our animals healthy. Wholly the idea behind animal welfare pre-supposes that animals left to the their own accord, without cruelty from people (hunting) or mankind’s intervention (farmer/ranching), are better off. But these people who believe that have more than likely never seen what a cruel, cruel bitch Mother Nature can be. They’ve never seen an animal die from disease or sickness or from freezing to death, or starving to death in some cases. They’ve not seen the coyotes feasting on the dying carcass. Animals on our place, are rarely left for mother nature to levy her wrath upon.
And if they, these people who put animals above humans, have seen the above, how do they, in their right mind justify that animal suffering at their death, rather than to be put out of its distress qiuckly, painlessly? I’d bet, all of us, if faced with a long, painful death, or quick instant death would choose instant death. And if you wouldn’t, I believe you to be mentally ill.
I am ridiculously tired of the “I’m right, you’re wrong” attitudes of these groups. The same groups that use false advertising, that claim to help animals, yet only serve to further confuse the public and create more legislation. Groups that feign concern over animals; groups that personify animals. I love my horses as much as anyone, but they’re not a human despite what many people want to believe; even I catch myself personifying my horse, dogs, and cats.
True tolerance isn’t forcing me to live like you live. It’s understanding that we’re different. That we want different things. That we will make different choices. That we have different goals and often different world-views. It’s not calling names when you disagree with someone.
Be a vegetarian if you want. Be a vegan if you want. But don’t try to take away my beef!
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Thanks for letting me vent!
Ps. Jen I really wasn’t picking on you. You know I love you!