“Grow It, Show It, Eat It” headline was appalling

In a world where humans seem to struggle with empathy and compassion toward each other, animals and our planet, I was appalled by the headline of the Sept. 4 article, “Grow It, Show It, Eat It.”

Underneath the article is a picture of a baby calf not even standing up on its two front legs yet. The article speaks of pig racing for fun and animal showings. The insensitivity to animals and that they are somehow for our own use and entertainment is disgusting and immoral in my opinion.

Not until I read on further did I see that there is also an exhibit for students to grow and show a flower. It never mentions eating the flower, and I'm left to wonder what this headline is really inferring. I'm pretty sure that calf will end up on someone's plate after its life is directed 100 percent of the time by human desires.

I ask that the Mountain Xpress not perpetuate the selfish and harmful use of animals.

— Keli Keach
Asheville

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