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Sheriff J.B. Smith Wins Me Over

Written by PETA | January 25, 2008

I’ve written a fair amount about Sheriff J.B. Smith over the past couple of weeks, related to a back and forth he’s been having with us over a letter we wrote to him asking that he put an accused cannibal in his charge on a vegetarian diet. Well, the sheriff (who’s obviously doing a bang-up job over in Smith County, Texas) was in the news again this morning following a major drug bust in which he reportedly uncovered 242 pounds of marijuana hidden in a bin of lettuce inside a truck during a traffic stop. Anyway, the news report about the bust made me laugh out loud—the sheriff obviously has PETA on the brain:

“This was a great stop and it took a lot of drugs off the streets. … We are still working on this and are being assisted by the DEA, so there are still things we do not know.” Smith said his office is trying to contact the company that purchased the lettuce, but if the purchaser did not make immediate arrangements, it would be divided between the East Texas Food Bank and the Salvation Army. “We would also keep some of the lettuce and feed it to the (jail) population. This should make PETA happy, because we might be serving more salads in the next few days.”

Keep up the great work, sheriff, and thanks for keeping us in mind.

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  • Antigone1000 says:

    Rojo Well that hardly takes a lot of thought. A good rule of thumb is that something done to another should be considered abusive if you would find it to be abusive if it were done to you. Thereend of discussion. Wasn’t that easy and not very time consuming?

  • rojo says:

    Ah but that it is closed to what constitutes abuse is the problem.

  • Antigone1000 says:

    Rojo Sorry Rojo my mind is completely closed to supporting animal abuse in any form.

  • rojo says:

    I’m truly saddened to hear that. Having an open mind is one of the great attributes of being human. I do understand that animal rights is faith based you just believe and thats that. nothing wrong with that I’d just prefer you to base it on reason and fact.

  • Antigone1000 says:

    Rojo Your credibility is not all that is lacking unfortunately. Why don’t you find another site to post on because trust me you won’t be swaying any AR people to your view of the world.

  • rojo says:

    So now we’ll lay on the emotion. “suffering and dying” boo hoo. Had a look at nature lately? feral cats eating mother birds which then means the babies starve. Eagles swooping on cute little bunnies ripped from their existence. Literally. I wonder how the prey feels as its life slowly slowly ebbs away in the embrace of a boa constrictor. Anti spare me the invective and take a hard look at what you’re telling me. I shouldn’t eat animals because of my human brain but I shouldn’t use that brain analytically only emotionally. The problem anti is that you need to spend a week with what a pigcowsheep… experiences and not just imagining it from your own perspective and from info presented by vested interests. Humane raising and slaughter is an absolute must. Oh please mentally deficient humans. theres a thought and a half. Are you telling me you think they are worth less than animals? Worth nothing to their families? I guess my credibility is lacking after all.

  • Antigone1000 says:

    Rojo That’s the problem Rojo. You consider this merely a topic for “intellectual discussion.” As I stated before the problem is that you have not gotten past your attitude that it is the right of human beings to determine the fate of animals. It is NOT. It is so selfish for you to think that it is. They are suffering and dying. I wish you and others like you could experience what a slaugtherhouse pig experiences for a week. Or what a circus elephant endures. Maybe then you would get it. I think it is tragic that most humans cannot step outside their selfish view of life to recognize the suffering of another and understand that it must be alleviated. Since we do NOT need to eat meat there is no need to even discuss humane death. If you truly believe what you say then I suggest you start arguing in support of performing experimentation on mentallydeficient humans. If you cannot agree to that then your argument lacks all credibility.

  • rojo says:

    anti I’ve spent most of my life with pets and farm animals so I’m afraid some of your thinking lacks credibility. Perhaps you haven’t noticed my posts that specifically condemn mistreatment of animals. Death isn’t one of those mistreatments when completed humanely. If you wish to argue on anything other than an “intellectual” levellogic and reason we may as well stop here. I’m not into faith based missions nor human charaterisations on what an animal might feel based on human experiencelearning. Or even that animals have some sort of sixth sense for that matter. You have entered “moral high ground territory” which indicates to me that you wish to distance yourself from rigorous debate. If you and others like you can’t come up with a more rational debate on the immorality of animal slaughter it is destined to continue.

  • Antigone1000 says:

    Rojo Anyone who has spent time with an animal or who watches any of the videos that PETA shows has no valid view if they condone mistreatment of animals in any form. You are merely putting YOUR selfish interests above the interests of other beings on this planet who contrary to YOUR selfish view are not here for you to use as you see fit. Having the POWER and ABILITY to do something does not equate to having the MORAL RIGHT to do it. People want to reduce the issue of animal rights to an intellectual debate but it is really a life and death issue involving living beings. It is sad that people like you refuse to see the seriousness and use it as a debating point in your spare time.

  • rojo says:

    anti our ancestors bodies have been consuming prey for millions of years and lifespan is increasingwell maybe not in the US where obesity is a problem of massive proportions.lame pun intended. No anti they shouldn’t have to endure suffering that is the premise behind humane raising and slaughter. I don’t condone the torture of anything or anyone. “Animals KNOW they are suffering. Have you never heard a story about a cow or pig or chicken destined for slaughter who escaped??” You wrote this and I can only conclude that you meant anticipation through esp or whatever means. My point has nothing to do with whether or not an animal should be used on it’s ability to anticipate suffering. It does seem to make a difference to you and you make an illogical statement as proof. sadly some believe they must have superior intelligence because others don’t see the world as they do. It’s easier to think that than accept others may have valid views. Cuts both ways.

  • Antigone1000 says:

    Rojo So if you cannot ANTICIPATE suffering then it is okay to be forced to ENDURE suffering?? Well then it’s okay to torture retarded people and those with Alzheimer’s and anyone else who cannot anticipate the suffering? Finallya breakthrough in medical science because we can now use human test subjects!! Great thinking Rojo. And just so you knowfew humans are truly above animals. The majority are far below them but lack the intelligence to see that fact.

  • Antigone1000 says:

    Rojo Except that our bodies are better off eating nonanimal products so your talk of “prey” is not really relevant.

  • rojo says:

    anti yes I’m more than certain animals know when they are suffering. Different to anticipating suffering. You are now stepping into the realms of esp for which very little scientific proof exists. Animals don’t like change in environment or daily routine. A trip in a truck must surely come as a surprise to them. No doubt in unfamiliar circumstances they would wish to escape. Not because the know they’re heading to their deaths. Don’t worry anti those pigscowschickens in slaughterhouses won’t have to encounter humans again. I too am surprised how people think they are so far above other animals they’re generally the ones preaching that we don’t have to kill animals because we know better. I tend to think we are just another animal and part of the food web. We should however use our sensibilities to ensure our prey suffers as little as possible.

  • Antigone1000 says:

    Rojo Animals KNOW they are suffering. Have you never heard a story about a cow or pig or chicken destined for slaughter who escaped?? Why do you think that is? As for cats choosing to be near manof course if they are cared for and loved. I am quite certain however that pigscowschickens in slaughterhouses would be perfectly happy to never encounter a human again. It always amazes me how highly man views himself with very little justification.

  • rojo says:

    anti how do they know any different. Granted you and I would not wish to live like that but that is because we are aware of the alternative. Not every calf is destined for veal typically less than 10 so 90 have a near natural life. I would take those odds. Not every human has a pleasant life a third of the world living on a dollar a day. Hungry. Did you miss my point on cats they choose to be near man. Why cattle would knock back guaranteed food is beyond me.

  • Antigone1000 says:

    Well Rojo if you would choose to be born just so you could spend your life in a veal crate or slaughterhouse that is your choice. I would prefer not to be born at all. Howeverthose are not their only choices because there is the option of living free from man. Whether or not they understand the concept of ownership is irrelevant. What they do understand is the concept of needless suffering.

  • rojo says:

    anti what you say is correct some will become feral and survive there are feral cattle in Northern Australia so I know it won’t mean total eradication. It will however result in eradication in many areas especially where freezing overwinter conditions exist. After 10000roughly years our domesticated animals are unlikely to be able to remember how to migrate especially the ones transported to different countries. Starvation is not the most pleasant ways to go weeks of suffering. Nature can be most unkind it only has a few ways of balancing numbers starvationdehydration disease and predators. None any less “cruel” than humane slaughter. Old age is not something an animal would knowingly strive for unless something quick like a heart attack ends it all. Invariably it means a slow death from one of the above. Not being mobile enough to get food or water having no teeth to eat with… It’s rather interesting that the cat fully capable of survival on its own will choose to be fed and hang around humans. Not yearning freedom it seems. I can’t see why cattle and sheep etc would feel differently. Except for them there is no such thing as a free meal. Do you really think a cowewesow… is aware of ownership or even obligation for that matter? What offends you as a human about ownership is unlikely to have crossed their mind at all.

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