Turkey at the 2013 San Diego County Fair

They’re going to kill them all

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I always feel so sad after coming home from a livestock show because I know the the only purpose for the livestock most of the time is to kill them so that I can have my barbecued beef, barbecued chicken, barbecued turkey……. Maybe if I quit eating……..

Following are some pictures and three flash videos taken yesterday of the livestock at the 2013 San Diego County Fair.

Turkey at the 2013 San Diego County Fair

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Chickens at the 2013 San Diego County Fair

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Rabbit at the 2013 San Diego County Fair

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Sheep and lamb at the 2013 San Diego County Fair

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Goats at the 2013 San Diego County Fair

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Goat at the 2013 San Diego County Fair

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Goats at the 2013 San Diego County Fair

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Pig at the 2013 San Diego County Fair

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Piglets at the 2013 San Diego County Fair

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Cattle at the 2013 San Diego County Fair

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Cattle at the 2013 San Diego County Fair

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This next cow, a steer named Spot, was the biggest cow I have ever seen in my life. I’m going to put him in the few thousand pounds category. He was huge!

Spot at the 2013 San Diego County Fair

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Spot is an 11-year-old Shorthorn X. He was a 4-H show steer in 2003 and was purchased at the Junior Livestock Auction and given a pardon by “Grandpa Bob.” Spot now lives the good life grazing in a lovely pasture in the Valley Center boondocks. You can follow Spot’s adventures on Facebook.

Following is a flash video of Spot.

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As much as I liked Spot, and all the livestock, it was the Pig family which won my heart yesterday. Two flash videos of the Pig family acting like, well, pigs:

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33 thoughts on “They’re going to kill them all

  1. Jorge Luis Oyola

    When I was younger I lived in a farm and raised piggy’s and chickens…Pigs can be such a good pet…

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      1. laurie27wsmith

        The crying begins when you realise that you are out of sweet chilli sauce. I like meat, yet I still feel for and honour the animal which has given its life so I can eat.
        Laurie.

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  2. MicheleMariePoetry

    I just watched the movie “Temple Grandin” about an autistic woman genious who overcame her ability to think outside the box, used her genious to revolutionize practices for the humane handling of livestock on cattle ranches and slaughterhouses.” A truly unique film, and Claire Danes who I’ve never been impressed with before, did an amazing job- I told my husband, “Now THAT is great acting!” She became the character. Loved that movie!!!Love what she did for the humane treatment of cows.

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  3. Naomi

    Temple Grandin is definitely worth watching. Her argument is that cows exist in the numbers they do precisely because we eat them (otherwise, there’d just be a few in zoos), so the focus of our attention should be on creating a less distressing slaughtering process. That way, the animal is happy while it lives, and when it dies, its body feeds people.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      True. If we take that to its logical conclusion in an overpopulated world, we get to Soylent Green, a disturbing movie when it was released and still a disturbing movie for me.

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        1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

          The world was overpopulated and there was not enough food for everyone. A company developed a product called Soylent Green that could feed everyone. At the end of the movie we find out that Soylent Green is made from human bodies. Solved the cemetery problem and the hunger problem. Came out in 1973 when I was a senior in high school. Starring Charlton Heston and Edward G. Robinson. ‘Twas Robinson’s last film.

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          1. Naomi

            Aaaack – scarred for life. Temple Grandin doesn’t advocate feeding cows other ground-up cows, she just says that if we’re going to be carnivores, then we should not cause our prey unnecessary suffering. For the record, I’m vegetarian, but don’t have an ethical problem with eating meat as long as the animals are well cared for while they live.

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  4. opreach

    You can always choose not to eat them barbecued (or otherwise prepared). The more of us that choose to abstain from eating animals, the happier they will be. 😉

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