Humane Society

HSUS does not benefit your local humane society.  A tiny part of their budget supports animal rescue; the great majority of the money that people give when they see those terribly heart-rending ads showing those poor animals, is directed at either domestic terror tactics against your food producers, or generating more money to keep the pockets full of the huge management organization.

If you want to donate to shelters, do so directly, in your own backyard as it were, local shelters are always needing donations.  In a similar vein, choose the Salvation Army to donate for human benefits.  Everyone always forgets the Salvation Army and it’s budget greatly returns to your local community members.  Take care of your family and neighbors FIRST.


I had started this as a draft and saved the above several days ago.  Today, I find this current news story:

Wow, the heat is really on! 

In the wake of the President signing the recent bill in November than opened doors for horse slaughter to rear its head again in this whole mix of animal rights issues, we need to thoroughly examine what is of real value for the majority!  But for now, please read the information at these links!

PS:  So, I recently dropped the website I had where there was a lengthy page that discussed the history of HSUS and why so many of its recent actions were just wrong.  Do people want to read that?  It included info on the original recorded goals of HSUS to include elimination of all animal husbandry.

Here’s an interesting little story:


Why Horse Slaughter?

People growing up close to the land, living with life and death daily share stories such as this:

I hope to share results in the next several days of my research into several aspects of what alternatives there are to horse slaughter as an answer to the question of how we should handle the end of our equine’s lives.  This question is not equal for everyone; the individual owner’s situation in life is going to dictate how they perceive the answers to this question. 

My understanding is, that few people actually own a horse from the time of his birth to the time of passing from this world.  When we have to move a loved animal on to a new owner, we of course hope for the best kind of fulfilling life for that animal.  In reality, animals have a hard time finding a forever home.  Personally, I cannot think of anyone besides my sister who has been able to plan for the birth of a horse and keep it to the bitter end.  It is always hard to face the inevitable end to life.


Activism in Action the Sequel

Today I was made aware of a story that seems typical of today’s “no-fault” thinking in modern life.

“Sue if you don’t want to take responsibility for your actions”  Lawsuits are everywhere because of moral breakdown in our society, in my opinion.

In this story it says that,  “Ryan Shapiro, a longtime animal rights activist from Cambridge who is one of the plaintiffs in the Boston lawsuit, said he no longer conducts undercover filmed investigations of animal treatment on factory farms because he is concerned about possible prosecution.”  Well, thank goodness this law has slowed down the activities of some of these people who think they can just be disruptive and destructive for the sake of their passionate belief!

Here’s the story:




Activism in Action

My friend Ray comments in his blog about some issues that are in the current events in his area of the world.  But he brings up a point that is relative to how people react to agriculture issues overall, and how in ends up affecting our pocketbooks; as well as changing the way some things are done, not necessarily for the better of the majority but because a minority has made a big stink about something.

Here is a link about a recent story that will not make the local news, but gives evidence that there ARE activists out there who in general are looked at from the public agriculture side as most likely connected to an organized group such as HSUS or PETA; people who are fanatics about perceived wrongs of some practice related to an animal, and their mission (similar to the terrorists who attacked on 9/11) to do what they can to create a change.  Unfortunately, they don’t go about it from a fully informed and educated viewpoint, they strap on the bombs and go to work for the virgins awaiting them on the other side.

Prepare yourself if you attempt to read the attached story PLUS all it’s responses….there are many passionate supporters of the idea horses should NOT be slaughtered; but their voices are important nonetheless.


Vegetarian for a Cause

My understanding is that a great number of people who are involved in animal rights activism are vegetarian or some variation of it because they believe that this is the more perfect way to live life as a human; and since they believe this way of life is better for humanity, it just makes sense that they should stand up for the animals who are consumed and try to “free them”, in any way shape or form that they can accomplish.  And that means animal agriculture is evil and deserving of whatever results ensue from their efforts to free the animals.

The fact  is that humanity has had eons to prove that they can live without some variety of reliance on meat protein.  But in reality, basicly, humans have always been lazy.  It’s really hard to get your physical needs met with a vegetable diet.  Modern people rely on supplements/vitamins.   Another personal gripe I have is that  modern vegetarians  seldom proudly proclaim when I have been around, “I grow a big garden every year and live in a sustainable way without using animal products!”   Yet my farm family and many others have a large garden that provides a great portion of the food we eat throughout the year, including meat and eggs.  Where there is a will there is a way, and urban gardens need to be the focus for the future.  But that is another day’s topic.

Today we look at whether humans can be vegetarians:


A Visit to the Farm

I want to share these two blog entries from Mike who was a kind leader at the AgChat Foundation seminar that I attended this past August.

In the old days when people were closer to the land, you at least had an aunt/uncle or grandparents who still lived on the farm and likely had the old fashioned now iconic farmyard life with the garden that Gramma was chasing chickens out of, while gramps slopped a couple hogs and the cow was standing nearby chewing it’s cud waiting to be relieved of it’s milk-swollen udder pressure.  And the horses were still around even though gramps was trying to figure out how to keep that new iron horse contraption running.

Anyway, people had opportunities to touch the rural hands that were at work trying to feed the nation.  I am in my 50’s now and I know that from my generation, we have lost that contact and our grandchildren are growing up not even knowing what animals look like sometimes, and certainly no connection to how their chicken nugget came into being.

So, we ponder the ways to connect with the urban masses again….there are lots of risks to be considered with inviting the general public onto your property.  General ignorance of farm life can create little accidents within minutes because there might be things that are part of your operation that people don’t understand.  We use electric fencing to contain our animals; that is frequently the first thing that we have to stop and educate people about, and hope to make sure that the human is aware of the obstacle before the obstacle makes itself known. 

I could go thru a whole list of things that are rather routine on farms and to an outsider, considered high risk for injury (which they are, but we exist with them because, well, because that’s just how farmers get along….making due with risks daily).  So, perhaps virtual farm tours are the answer.

I hope to see you passing by the neighborhood and I’ll give you a yell; ya’ll come up on the porch and visit a spell……


Are you in or are you out?

….of the discussion regarding  the current landscape in the horse industry nationwide?

The above webpage from this fall, written before the prospect of horse slaughter being reinstated in the USA, has an interesting presentation of horse numbers overall; and the full gamut of readers’ responses follow.   It is a thought-provoking discussion to read thru….

Christmas Parade, Kewanee, IL 2011

Just wanted to share a few photos from this past weekend’s fun event, a short and sweet parade to celebrate the season!  (You will see some critters that the horses had to look at very closely to be sure they were safe to be around…)


The winter supply of hay for the ponies is all ready for the winter cold and snow to set in.

Eggciting News

Just wondering how many of my friends buy ‘free range’ eggs? At some points in time when we did not have hens in the barnyard, I have bought them… but i really didn’t see much difference than regular store bought. After enjoying my farm fresh eggs I began wondering what “free range” meant… I figured mine must be free range… they spend most of the day scratching and pecking in the yard… makes sense right? WRONG… the federal guidelines say to be free range they must not be caged… OK that makes sense… and they must each have 1 1/2 sq ft per hen… WHAT??? a hen sitting takes up nearly a square foot on her own… So you put hens in these huge chicken houses, where they can “free range” (and peck on each other which is what confined chickens do, that is why they developed the cage system)… that just doesn’t make sense!!! what is “free” about living in a chicken house with thousands of other chickens??? If you must buy eggs in the store, look for “pasture raised” these hens actually live OUTSIDE…they have grass and bugs to eat and SUNSHINE! Pasture raised hens lay eggs with as much as 6 times the vitamin D compared to “free range” they are lower in fat, and higher in Omega3s… You can literally see the difference in Pasture raised eggs, the yolks are ORANGE, not pale yellow, and the taste and texture are worlds apart. Did you know that the eggs from the store can already be a MONTH old before they hit the shelves???? So if you get the chance, go to your local farmer and try some real farm fresh eggs, you wont believe the difference!