I can’t be Wordless this Wednesday. But you can link up your Wordless Wednesday post below.
Why can’t I be wordless today?
There are animal abuse headlines today. The video is horrifying and makes me ill. I believe anyone who abuses animals should be punished by law. I am just as passionate about this being enforced as I am a passionate parent who wants all child abusers to be punished by law enforcement and our courts.
But…at the end of the horrifying animal abuse video the undercover vegan group asks you to go vegan to end animal abuse. Because I was raised around my grandpa and uncle’s cows and know so many farmers and ranchers who compassionately care for their cows at all hours of the day, everyday, I want to share a few photos of those farmers and their cows.
I don’t believe going vegan is the answer to end animal abuse. I believe zero tolerance for abusers needs to be enforced. Farmers and ranchers who care for their animals daily need to be recognized for their care in raising a safe and healthy food supply for our country and world and unfairly lumped together with an animal abuser.
Quite frankly, I don’t believe going vegan is the right choice but it is a choice. I love having personal choices and freedoms. I choose to trust and know where my food comes from as my personal family choice.
I have toured farms and ranches through my professional agriculture industry work along with having numerous personal friends that are farmers and ranchers across North America. My grandpa and uncle have raised beef cattle my entire life. I have never experienced or seen an abuse and only complete care for the animals. Because of my experience, I trust farmers and ranchers.
I want the same for my children. I want them to know how animals are cared for and to have the same trust.
Our son learned to bottle feed a calf before he was old enough to go to school. This winter, I shared with you bringing our young daughters into my uncle’s calving barn to show them new baby calves and how my uncle cared for them.
My uncle Jim cares for his cows and calves daily, around the clock. He cares for his cows just as much as he cares for his great niece, our Miss E that is he holding in the above picture.
I don’t know a farmer or rancher that doesn’t care for their livestock in the same passionate way my uncle does.
Whether it’s a California dairy farming family or a North Dakota beef rancher, I know I can trust farmers to care for their animals and land. When an animal abuse video is released like today, I am sickened but my faith in farmers is not weakened. I know farmers are raising safe and healthy food that helps feed my family. No animal abuse video can sway me from knowing farmers and ranchers are caring for their animals and land daily in the safest ways possible every day.
If you could ask a farmer one question…and there are no silly questions…what would it be?
Or if you are a farmer, what’s your most common misconception?