Animal rights activists bring message to kids at the PNE

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      If you stopped by the Safeway Farm Country agricultural showcase at the Fair at the PNE on Sunday (August 17), you likely saw llamas, alpacas, rabbits, horses, cows, chickens, ducks, sheep, pigs, and goats.

      Apparently, you might have also witnessed a protest by animal right activists bearing signs with messages such as "Animals want to live" and "Animals feel love".

      In a news release, the activists addressed kids taking part in 4-H programs:

      Kids, you do not need to sell your friends. I know you love animals, but how can you say you love them and then exploit, sell, kill and eat them? This is not love, this is violence. But you have the power to change their story. You have the power to change the 4Hs - Head: To think critically about the status quo; Heart: To guide us to compassion; Hands: To free those who are oppressed; Health: For the health of the planet and all of its beings. Join us. Fight for Animal Liberation.

      The activists disrupted the goings-on in the livestock barn before marching through the fairgrounds and protesting outside the PNE gates.

      This year's Fair at the PNE opened on Saturday (August 16) and runs until September 1. It's closed on August 18 and 25.


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      Aug 18, 2014 at 2:07pm

      I couldn't agree more with the activists & admire their courage!


      Aug 18, 2014 at 2:53pm

      There's a place for all God's animals - right next to the mashed potatoes.

      Farm girl

      Aug 18, 2014 at 3:07pm

      All these individuals managed to demonstrate is their ignorance towards an industry that produces food for the world. Way to bite the hand that feeds you. Next time you sit down for a meal think about who put their time, and energy into producing it. If you cannot appreciate the agriculture industry feel free to stop going to the grocery store. Please go out and educate yourselves!


      Aug 18, 2014 at 3:09pm

      Truly and utterly disgusting, these animal rights folks have no idea what 4-H stands for or teaches our kids. They don’t realize that the paint/ink on those signs probably have animal by-products in them. To target children who work so hard all year is simply pathetic.

      Jon Q. Publik

      Aug 18, 2014 at 3:24pm

      The only ones being oppressed here are the people who have to listen to these activists.

      Sandi Adams

      Aug 18, 2014 at 4:03pm

      Farm Girl: it takes 2500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef, not including the slaughter and processing. Eating meat contributes to the shortage of water around the world. 80% of the corn, oats, wheat, and soy beans grown are for livestock consumption for human palate pleasure. If the grains were redirected for human consumption, world hunger would BE NO MORE. There are more cattle on earth than people. Without oil and gas emissions we could not reduce emissions enough to stop global warming as 9 billion cattle emissions alone exceed the maximum allowed. Plant based diets are healthier, thus medical care would be reduced, reducing the cost of health care. Slaughter is violence. Violence begets violence. When animals are no longer abused and killed, people will be once again sensitized to pain and suffering and peace on earth is a possibility. And lastly, animals will no longer be exploited, abused, tortured, suffer and be slaughtered.

      Sophie Taylor

      Aug 18, 2014 at 4:08pm

      This is absolutely ridiculous, being a 4h member myself this makes me extremely mad. Everyone in this club demonstrates love and compassion and the highest care for their animals. Yes they form relationships with them and itis hard at the end of the year to see them go. Maybe you should take a trip to a big time slaughter house and then think about what you are protesting.with 4h you can guarantee that there is no better way to get meat on the table !

      B Levie

      Aug 18, 2014 at 5:00pm

      So many humans here ignore the fact that ALL animals, not just humans, deserve to live out their natural lives. This is not an exclsive right. Why don't people understand that? Humans are so very selfish, when it comes to their treatment of other species. It's so sad.


      Aug 18, 2014 at 5:31pm

      Some people need to get a life. What does an animal activist eat exactly ? Those poor vegetables that are ripped from the ground Poor vegetables haha if you don't support agriculture DONT EAT !!!