The March 19 Mountain Xpress featured summer camps for kids. One camp, Five Farms, takes kids to five different farms. Teaching children how vegetables are grown is laudable, but last year many of the participating farms raise animals for food.
I’m sure campers enjoy getting to know and interact with the goats, chickens and other animals at these farms, but I’m sure the counselors don’t tell campers the truth about what happens when animals are raised for food. They don’t share that male chicks are ground up or suffocated at birth because they don’t produce eggs. Or that male goats are killed for meat because they don’t produce milk. Or that hens and goats are killed when they no longer produce eggs or milk. And I’m sure the campers aren’t exposed to the animals being dragged — kicking and screaming — to the kill site.
Instead of glorifying torture and killing, I suggest parents bring their children to Full Circle Farm Sanctuary, where pigs, goats, chickens and other animals are provided with a loving lifetime home and treated as the sentient beings they are. The kids can meet Ophelia, one of several hens at Full Circle that were carelessly discarded by urban homesteaders who grew bored with their hobby or learned that hens live much longer than they lay eggs. Or Babar, the pig, who was rescued before he was to be sent to a slaughterhouse, where he would have had been killed by having his throat cut or being submerged in boiling water. Or Joshua, a goat who would have suffered the same fate as Babar. Or the other animals who are all loved and protected at Full Circle. Should children’s natural compassion for animals be squashed, or should it be nurtured? For more info, go to fcfsanctuary.org.
— Kayla Worden
Full Circle Farm Sanctuary