I always wished that there was something I could call those in animal "agriculture" that more closely defined their trade... After all, I do LOVE the fine people that grow the food which nourishes me, and they are very different than the ones that breed animals for blood, bone and flesh.
So I'm very grateful that John Sakars made the clever distinction between the two...
And what about these people who work the "nice" harms? They will say that the animals are very happy and well cared for... The man who raises cattle enjoys seeing the "cycle" of life --- But that "life" is abruptly ended at a mere fraction of it's potential. How is that "life"? The woman is always "awed" to see that new mother cows know exactly what to do... And of course her family "eats like kings". What an odd, warped world these "nice harmers" must exist in.
Now after undercover investigations like the most recent one from Mercy for Animals, these harmers come out in full rank to defend that their businesses... They will say that most places take great "care" of the animals they "love". We've all seen and read this countless times. They will also say that they encourage transparency and encourage questions... This may be so initially, but in my experience once the conversations get too "uncomfortable" they will discontinue them.
Case in point - A little more than a year ago Mercy for Animals conducted yet another investigation on a dairy farm. I engaged in a conversation at the "Dairy Goddess" site and after posting a few comments of unwavering disagreement - The discussion was "closed".
And just last week a few advocates participated in a debate on the Farm and Dairy site. The "last word" was had by eliminating the "reply" button. Well! Guess that's one way to win an argument!
There are many other instances of this hiding-habit of the harmers to shut down verbal exchange - But thus far, a conversation is allowed an open forum on this Brandi Buzzard site. In fact I'm encouraged to share this with other advocates so that all views can be considered. If anyone's interested here ya go:
Still No Excuse: Owner of E6 Ranch Steps Up
Finally anyone who's been reading my posts for a while knows I'm keeping a running tab of the "food animals" raised "humanely" who have perish live in burning infernos:
From Farm to Fridge and Fire Along the Way - Got Mercy For Animals?
Mooving Along to Burned Cows - Cash Cows & Viral Video Cows
Farmers Aren't Practicing Birth Control - Your Husbandry & Proliferation Is Killing Us!
And so I add 4,800 pigs killed in a fire in northeast Iowa.
I know without a doubt these pigs were being tended to by harmers... Not farmers.
So please... Support your farmers - Eat all the fresh fruits and veggies that you know are better for you and kindest to the animals.