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No cruelty at fair

September 2, 2012
The Herald-Star

To the editor:

I would like to respond to the letter from the writer who could not sleep after the pig show at the Jefferson County Fair ("Animal treatment is disheartening," Aug. 26.) I sell pigs for that fair and can assure you that those pigs get treated 10 times better than the bacon and sausage she is eating in the mornings.

They get the best feed and care. The writer apparently has no clue as to what it takes. Those kids work hard to teach their pigs to turn right and left from the time they are 6 months old, and don't have to beat the pigs with the rod or cane, which are used to guide the pig in the direction they are intended to go. It is a tap right or left. I have attended the hog show for 13 years (not one.) Not once have I seen a kid mistreat a pig. Its a tap right or left, if it was anything worse or inhumane the sales committee would step in. The kids work hard to do well at the show and it only takes one blind person to ruin it for every hard-working child.

I am very proud of everyone of them. The stupidity of people who have no clue really upsets me. People need to get a life and leave us food producers alone. In the words of Ron White, "You can't fix stupid."

Dean McConnell


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