Friday, August 26, 2016

Pig Raised for Slaughter as Part of ‘Education’ Program Gets Rescued Thanks to a Kind Student

For most people, it would be nearly impossible to imagine raising, bonding, and becoming attached to an animal knowing that it is destined for slaughter. However, at programs like those run through 4-H, that is precisely what children are instructed to do. The 4-H youth livestock program was created as a means to help young adults between the ages of nine and 18 raise money for college while preparing them to “make a positive impact in their communities and in the world.” In the youth livestock program, kids are given the responsibility of looking after a farm animal for one year and taught responsibilities such as grooming, caring for and preparing the animal to be sold. After the year is over, the animals are brought to local county fairs and auctions where the animal is bid on, (usually for a much higher price than usual to donate to the child’s college fund), and the winner will likely send the animal to slaughter...

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