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