Treat Animals Justly

Kayleen - las vegas, New Mexico
Entered on April 28, 2009
Age Group: Under 18
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When I was four years old I went to my uncle’s ranch. It was a dusty fall sunset. My family and I went out there to help my Uncle Billy with his sheep. I got out of the truck and watched as everyone tried to herd the sheep into a small corral. The first sheep that they were going to kill knew that something bad was going to happen. It was trying to run away. Wherever she was going the men tried to catch her. After five minutes, they caught the sheep and held her down. The poor thing just screamed. One of the men took a sharp knife and slit her throat. Then the scream of the sheep was hushed and the sheep did not move and there was dead silence. My Uncle Billy held the sheep while they tied a rope on the sheep’s legs and pulled her up. I was shocked. I just stood there staring as they skinned her.

Even though I was shocked, I understand that they were not abusing the sheep. I believe that farm animals such as pigs, cows, and chickens that are used for food should be treated fairly.

Unfortunately, most big farms don’t treat animals this way. Your probably thinking why should we care, … YOU SHOULD! What if you were that helpless animal being abused? You couldn’t run away, and if you cried for help you wouldn’t get it. Just think about it. Some people in factory farming abuse animals because sometimes them don’t know any better and others are aware, but do it any ways. These animals have feelings.

One time I was at my grandfather’s ranch. He was going to sell a cow but he didn’t think the cow was fat enough. So he gave the cow a pill of some sort. The cow got sick and almost died but the cow didn’t. Cows I think should not be given drugs or fed corn just to get fat. That gets them really sick and sometimes it can mean death for the cows. I also think that the cows should have more room to walk , and graze in the wide open fields.

My Uncle also had pigs and they were treated very nicely and they weren’t scared to see him. They were happy. They had a wide space and were fed a lot. Pigs shouldn’t be kept in small cages when they are in labor, and they also shouldn’t be drugged during labor. The birth of the pig should be natural. I’m not saying to go vegetarian, just to be aware about the food you are eating. I mean that the animal that you are probably was not treated fairly.

So don’t you think the animals should be treated fairly? I mean they die for us. Doesn’t that mean a thing to you? I believe in the fair treatment of farm animals that are used for food.