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4-H: Hellish, Hazardous, Hypocritical …

Written by PETA | October 3, 2011

With a terse dismissal, the State Fair of Texas denied PETA’s application to display our own version of a 4-H booth at the upcoming event. Fair officials must not want visitors to know that the cows, sheep, goats, and chickens 4-H participants have spent countless hours bonding with will ultimately make their way to a blood-soaked killing floor, just as most animals raised for food do.

Our four “H’s” stand for “hellish for animals,” “hazardous to the environment,” “heart attack–inducing,” and “hypocritical for teaching kids to care about only certain animals and to disregard others.” We planned to screen Glass Walls and hand out free copies of our vegetarian/vegan starter kits.

I suppose that, to paraphrase Jack Nicholson, the State Fair of Texas can’t handle the truth. But we think their patrons can—or at least their hearts can.

Written by Jennifer O’Connor

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  • sarah says:

    Tummi maby you should open your eyes when you go to the fair, you will see breeding projects animals that these kids have raised from calf or lamb or pigglet to adult. If you truely Know how the game goes you would Know these things..

  • Chris Clover says:

    4-H stands for no such thing! This organization teached youth responsibility and how to properly care fr the animals they take as projects. These animals are raised with love and the guidance of adults who make sure the proper rules and care standards are followed. Yes, some animals are market projects and they are used for FOOD! The kids know this and take the project accordingly. If you don’t want to enter a market project you are free to take your animal in a different class and raise them, keep them and even breed them in some cases where you will love and raise both mamma and baby. 4-H is FAR better than PETA with both class and morals.

  • Tummi says:

    Sarah: Goes home? As in, lives out his/her life naturally and dies at the ripe old age of 20 or so, on your pasture, without ever having been made to produce babies for sale, milk, or meat? I doubt it! But if so, you are in a tiny, tiny minority. I too have lived on a farm, in a whole town of farmers. I know how this game goes.

  • sarah says:

    Tummi As a former 4Her we Know well were OUR animals are going. Also Not every 4Her does a Market Animal some do Just breeding Projects. In which the animal is shown then goes home at the end of the fair. Were not sissy city Kids were Raised on ranches and Know the chain of Life and that animals are raised for food.

  • Christy says:

    Thankfully Mercy For Animals will have a booth there all month leafletting and educating patrons about the horrors of factory farms.

  • Kendy says:

    GO PETAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Brad says:

    Wow, PETA has balls/ovaries. I’d never set FOOT in a state fair because I wouldn’t be able to handle seeing all those animals, bound for slaugter. Good for you guys for trying to show the truth! Good luck with this effort in the future!

  • Tummi says:

    GO PETA! Keep applying! There’s a state fair near me (CA) where I’d love to see a PETA booth. It sickens me when I see little kids running around the stalls at the fair, cooing at the adorable farmed animals. The kids are victims here too– victims of disinformation.

  • Carley says:

    UGH. No surprise here, I guess. It would be nice if the fair would let people see the truth behind meat, eggs and dairy. There’s a 5th “H.” It’s for Hoe-bag.

  • joni1120 says:

    While I agree that there was poor judgment on the part of fair officials for not allowing a peta booth to be set up, I politely disagree that 4H participants are to blame for that decision. Believe it or not, 4H organizations and county fairs are separate entities, with the fairs renting out space for 4H students to hold their events. The decision to not host a peta booth was no reflection on student participants or 4H programs (believe it or not there are over 60 non-animal programs through 4H including theater, woodworking, photography, and ecology, among others), but merely a reflection of the bias held by the fair officials.