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This Thing is Legendary- what?! That’s the slogan!

10 Feb


Somewhere around the end of January we went to The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo– (we opt out of the rodeo portion for ethical reasons). A description for anyone who’s never been: it’s like 4H on steroids (like the whole of Major League Baseball put together). There are buildings upon buildings of farm animals distributed into category. I saw more of each kind of animal (primped and all) than I’ve ever seen in my life. A whole building of pigs (and one each for everything else you can think of…)! It was pretty wild. This is frontier land for sure and these people are Farmers (with a capital F).

Cool tie-in: we all got to check out a mini-cotton gin (about 2 days after we picked cotton) and got to do a bunch of hands-on stuff relating to the animals who give us milk, wool, hide, and meat. Elijah rode a bike at over the 8 mph minimum which turned a windmill which powered up a little city- lighting its streetlights and house windows and turning the carousel in the town center. That was VERY cool. Texas could turn a profit selling wind power for sure (and they’re working on it!)

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Posted by on February 10, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

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2 responses to “This Thing is Legendary- what?! That’s the slogan!

  1. Mel

    February 15, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    I’m a little confused on the ethics comment about the rodeo. So you attended the Stock Show but for ethical reasons you avoided the rodeo. Why? @ least the horses in the rodeo are happy to be doing what they were originally bred for. The animals in the pens @ the stock show will almost all be hamburgers or glue soon. The zoo? I know ethics are of course different on a person to person basis-I am just curious. Your pix are lovely…did I already say that? Lol

     
  2. Sarah, Chris, Elijah & Sadie

    February 16, 2008 at 12:03 am

    For me, we go to the stock show, zoo, aquarium to admire animals that we would not otherwise see; to have a better appreciation for the inhabitants of the Earth; to support our reverence for our planet and all manners of its species which may or may not be part of our diet. I trust in those who have been entrusted with the care of those animals that they will be respectful and honor the spirits of those animals in their life and death. I cannot be responsible for that. I will not attend events such as the rodeo. Calf roping, bronc riding, bull riding, steer wrestling, mutton bustin, and events such as these seem to me to be very disrespectful of the animals involved. If the animal is trying to buck you off of them, are they really enjoying the exercise? If you’re jumping on an animal to wrestle them to the ground, is that fun? I will not partake in any event that demeans animals or is humans in a position to feel themselves superior.

    As for the zoo, I do speak to people who are tormenting animals by yelling, tapping on glass, etc. On one recent trip, a woman near us through her drink cup in the bushes next to the rhino exhibit. I couldn’t get to her b/c the zoo was so busy but you can bet we had a family discussion about respecting the homes of others. Many of these animals were bred in captivity and, again, I trust in the zoo crew to honor the animals. As far as I can tell, the conditions at the FWZ are fantastic. Were it not for good zoos, some of these animals wouldn’t be alive at all. FWZ is also very involved in conservation, education and awareness as are many zoos.

     

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