Cattle Rancher Wins ‘Survivor’

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JT Thomas

Last night, J.T. Thomas, a 24-year-old cattle rancher from Mobile, Alabama, was unanimously voted the winner of reality show Survivor.

J.T.’s good looks, southern drawl, and sickeningly friendly disposition pegged him as the token “nice guy” this season—but it was always hard for me to figure out how much of his charm was real and how much was a sneaky trick to win $1 million.

After all, cattle ranching is directly connected to cruelty to animals, life-threatening diseases, and the destruction of the environment, so it’s pretty obvious that any real “nice guy” would never make ends meet by exploiting cows.

J.T., now that you’ve got a chance at early retirement, how about letting the cows on your ranch retire as well? If you ditch the cattle farm and opt for a humane lifestyle, you’ll prove that you truly are a nice guy. Plus, you’d definitely get my vote for PETA’s 2010 Sexiest Vegetarian Next Door competition.

Written by Liz Graffeo

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