An article in The Wichita Eagle is about a final cattle drive from
Kansas to . The Cedar Creek Ranch has been conducting cattle drives the old fashion way, with cowboys on horses, until now. The recession has forced them to relocate. Oklahoma
In a day when chickens and pigs are kept in factory farms where they move no more than the length of a small cage their entire life, it is nice to know there are some animals that still get to lead a normal and decent life before they end up on our dinner tables. In some European countries factory chicken farms (by far the cruellest where chickens are debeaked so they can’t fight and then locked in a small cage for their entire life) are outlawed. But people in this country have scoffed at such ideas. Animals are treated as if they aren’t even alive and are just a food commodity.
On factory pig farms, pigs are shot if they step of a platform onto dirt. They are then incinerated and the bodies often pile up faster than the incinerators can operate, causing an awful stench for nearby neighbors.
So it is gratifying to see that some animals lead a fairly normal life, getting to see the sun and the grass lands their ancestors walked on before they are slaughtered for food.
The cattle in the story will now be raised and cared for in
I don’t oppose eating meat, but I do believe we owe a decent life to those creatures that give us the food we eat.