Vegan criticism is fuel for my fire

Negative feedback from an animal rights activist inspires this beef producer and blogger to do more.

A Handbook for Ranch ManagersAnimal rights activists (aka vegans, aka leaf eaters), radical feminists, radical environmentalists, LGBT fags, Black Lives Matter phonies, Global Warming/Climate change wackos, Agenda 21 (30) aficionados, atheists, Pro-choice murderers, incompetent and evil public land managers and land grabbers and a few other terrorists organizations that I have probably left out all have the same goal–they are collectivists determined to totally destroy our culture, heritage and way of life.

 Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual  It will require blood in the streets to get them stopped. Meantime, there are two things we must absolutely do: 1) openly admit we live in a communist country and 2) stop being polite to the enemy.–jtl, 419

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewMy family and I just got home from five days at the South Dakota State Fair. We love going to the event each year, where we have a chance to showcase our seedstock, network with industry friends and peers, and camp with four generations of our growing extended family.

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Institute Upon arriving home, I posted a few photos on Facebook of myself and my kids at the fair. I heard a “ding” on my computer and assumed it was a comment from a friend on my photos; instead, it was a private message, which read:

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other Misfits  “Just read your article at BEEF Magazine. It’s disturbing that you consider yourself logical. And it’s even more disturbing that you are raising children and contributing to our gene pool. Animals are not meant to be massed produced and farmed for mass consumption. Please educate yourself for the sake of your family and their future. Just because you were raised that way and how you identify your heritage and livelihoods does not mean it Combat Shooter's Handbookis justified or ethical. Go work at a slaughter house. I did. And I saw the steers shipped to market, every year, covered in their own feces, thirsty and terrified. I was a 10 year-old little girl, and I knew at my core it was evil. Justify this treatment and industry and you could justify Nazi holocaust trains. God will judge this. I hope your children see what you choose to ignore. Your line of thinking is what is wrong with the world.”

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1)  The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2) The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3)  I mean, wow. How do you respond to that? Comments like these are pretty typical in my line of work, and I hardly ever bother to respond. Just like the political election has been extremely polarizing on social and economic issues this cycle, I don’t expect to change the minds of the vegan crowd, nor should they expect to change mine, in conversations about animal agriculture.

Sure, I don’t like being criticized for procreating, but what bothers me the most is that activists continue to compare meat production to Nazi Germany. At the core, I do not believe an animal’s life is equal to a human’s, and I find it disturbing that the vegan crowd can’t differentiate between the soul of a person who during the Holocaust was tortured and murdered for their religious beliefs to an animal that is fed, watered, nurtured and cared for until they can be respectfully harvested to feed and nourish people with beneficial protein and by-products, including life-saving medicines.

Activists want to vilify all ranchers and push livestock to become extinct. Their idea of “compassion” is self-serving and hardly has anything to do with the animals or people themselves. Just read their comments on my blogs that address meat consumption, vegetarians or animal welfare and see for yourself how out of touch with reality they really are.

However, I always tell myself that if an activist needs to take the time to criticize, berate and insult me, then I must be doing something right. Someone asked me once if I felt my blog is just speaking to the choir since the majority of my readership is geared toward active ranchers and industry professionals. To that, I say I hope this blog serves as a catalyst for change and action. By sharing consumer trends, activist shenanigans, regulatory threats, and other outside challenges that could impact our livelihoods, I hope to inspire folks to join me in advocacy efforts to protect the industry, our land and cattle, our right to consume meat and our ability to be profitable in the beef business.

The opinions of Amanda Radke are not necessarily those of beefmagazine.com or Penton Agriculture.

A Handbook for Ranch ManagersA Handbook for Ranch Managers.  In keeping with the “holistic” idea that the land, the livestock, the people and the money should be viewed as a single integrated whole: Part I deals with the management of the natural resources. Part II covers livestock production and Part III deals with the people and the money. Not only would this book make an excellent basic text for a university program in Ranch Management, no professional ranch manager’s reference bookshelf should be without it. It is a comprehensive reference manual for managing the working ranch. The information in the appendices and extensive bibliography alone is worth the price of the book.

You might also be interested in the supplement to this Handbook: Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual.

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About Land & Livestock Interntional, Inc.

Land and Livestock International, Inc. is a leading agribusiness management firm providing a complete line of services to the range livestock industry. We believe that private property is the foundation of America. Private property and free markets go hand in hand—without property there is no freedom. We also believe that free markets, not government intervention, hold the key to natural resource conservation and environmental preservation. No government bureaucrat can (or will) understand and treat the land with as much respect as its owner. The bureaucrat simply does not have the same motives as does the owner of a capital interest in the property. Our specialty is the working livestock ranch simply because there are so many very good reasons for owning such a property. We provide educational, management and consulting services with a focus on ecologically and financially sustainable land management that will enhance natural processes (water and mineral cycles, energy flow and community dynamics) while enhancing profits and steadily building wealth.
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One Response to Vegan criticism is fuel for my fire

  1. tom sidwell says:

    Vegetarian is an Indian word for “lousy hunter”

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