We received some interesting responses to our recent blog post, What Is Your Relationship with Animals?
Although everyone responding was polite and respectful, there were wide differences of opinion—particularly around the issues of animal cruelty, meat-eating versus vegetarianism, etc.
These same issues loom large here in Wyoming where I live. After all, agriculture, including cattle ranching, is the livelihood of many Wyoming folks. However, in my very unscientific observations, I’ve seen many people turning to vegetarianism, even here. So we have widely varying opinions and lifestyles.
Beyond the borders of Wyoming there are also widely varying opinions and lifestyles.
For example, we have organizations like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). As they say on their website, “PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry.”
While I completely agree with PETA’s vigorous advocacy for animal welfare, their methods are sometimes aggressive and offensive to some people.
In the middle we have organizations such as Global Animal Partnership. In their words, they are “an international, nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 2008, (to bring) together farmers, scientists, ranchers, retailers, and leaders from four of the world’s largest animal welfare advocacy organizations—a diverse group with the common commitment to continually improve the lives of farm animals.”
Global Animal Partnership is a strong advocate for humane treatment of animals raised for food.
On the other end of the spectrum are organizations such as the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). In their own words, “NCBA works to advance the economic, political and social interests of the U.S. cattle business and to be an advocate for the cattle industry’s policy positions and economic interests.”
NCBA do not focus on animal welfare.
I know I’ve strayed from the focus of our original post, What Is Your Relationship with Animals? My reason for writing this post is not to ignite class warfare among folks holding various, even opposing, views on this topic.
I simply want to ask how you handle the people (or organizations) in your life who do not agree with you—and who are perhaps even hostile and angry because you hold a different view.
Please share your thoughts with us below.
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