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I hate living on a farm. One reason is because I get to see, first hand, the unfair treatment many livestock undergo. Even supposedly 'Free Range' cattle are treated as nothing more than money and property.<br><br>
I really came to my senses about a month ago. I had to work some calves with my father... again. Let me give you a brief breakdown of what this consists of:<br><br>
You herd all of the calves into a small pen, and one by one they get pushed into a holding cell, which can be operated so that the calf is immobilized.<br><br>
Once the calf is secure, you (forcefully, if you don't you won't get through the hide) thrust three four inch syringes between the calf's shoulder blades and inject them with immunizations.<br><br>
Another person takes a small tool that looks like a cross between a hand-gun and a hole puncher, and punches holes in between the calf's ears and inserts a fly tag.<br><br>
When that's finished, you insert a small tube filled with steroids into the thin part of their other ear. (I mean from the top, so it fits.)<br><br>
After they're done thrashing about, you release them into another small pen... and the cycle continues.<br><br><br>
Usually I'm stuck with the fly tags, which causes them the most pain. I don't dare object, because then I'd just get called a worthless, lazy child.<br>
I hate it, everything about it. My parents already hate the choice that I've made to become a vegetarian. (Small town America for you, where if you don't shove meat down your throat in vast quantities, you're a freak.)<br><br>
Oh, and did I mention? We do this again next year, to the same calves. And cows. AAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!
 

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I'm glad the far I work on is nothing like this. The only cruelty is that at the end of it all, some animals will be taken for their meat. They get good lives until though, and that's why I support it- if meat's going to be, I want to support the right kind<br><br>
Tagging is necessary as long as cattle are farmed, but instead we should not be farming the cattle.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Herbivorous B.I.G.</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2892945"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
So don't do it. Or leave.</div>
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Maybe easier said then done for Gerit.<br>
I don't know how old you are Gerit, maybe too young to leave the farm or move out on your own? (what's the legal age to live on your own in the US?) Isn't there anything else you could do on the farm for as long as you're living there that does not involve hurting the animals?
 

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i have the same problem but instead of of putting them into they rope them and give them 3rd degree burns (i dont take part in this part) they also give shots, cut out their testicles and cut part of their ear off (ear marking). i just give the shots so that i dont cause a lot of pain to the calves.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>affidavit</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2892902"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
They get good lives until though,.....<br></div>
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For how long ?<br><br>
I never hear people say " he/she had a good life" when a child dies before the age of 2.
 

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I'm sorry you have to go through this. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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I know this is easier said than done, but I would rather being called worthless and being happy with myself for staying true to my beliefs than the alternative, to do that to an innocent creature.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Gerit</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2893937"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I'm still in high school, much to my dismay, so I can't leave.</div>
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You're far wiser and more compassionate than I was at your age. I grew up on a farm, too, and seeing the disregard and the disconnect related to animal husbandry was a big factor in my later veg*nism, looking back. Don't ever be afraid to speak your mind and be your own person. Fear is the only weapon the status quo has against you. Even your own family will attempt to use fear and shame against what they don't understand. It's all they can really threaten you with. If you learn to ignore your fear you can do anything you want in life, even if you have to wait a few years. That's the path of the mind, the PMA.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Gerit</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2893937"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I'm still in high school, much to my dismay, so I can't leave.</div>
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When you can, there's a big cruelty-free world out here waiting for you and you're on the guest list as Gerit +1.
 

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Dude, I am so sorry you have to go through this. Hang in there, take advice from the wiser members, they know a lot.
 

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I know this is easier said than done, but I would rather being called worthless and being happy with myself for staying true to my beliefs than the alternative, to do that to an innocent creature.</div>
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This is probably the comment that I agree most with on this post. If I were in your position I would stick to my beliefs even though it might hurt the relationship with my family. It would probably be better in the long run. Perhaps use a softer means of telling them you don't wish to do it. Maybe say you feel uncomfortable doing this, considering you have changed your life to protest the actions they are forcing upon you? Ultimately it is your choice.<br><br>
Good luck, stay strong!
 

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Thank you for the replies everyone. You're making me feel better about myself. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I am in an awkward situation with my family as well. My partner and I had agreed to raise our male offspring to be vegetarian. I have recently become a vegan only to find out my partner has been taking our offspring on fishing trips and to "fast food" establishment. It's so shocking what family members can do... Stay true!
 

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You can do this! Stay strong and true to your beliefs and don't let anyone tell you differently. Your conscience is telling you these things for a reason. And like mentioned before, once you are old enough to leave...there are plenty veg*n friendly places.
 

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Have you thought about freeing the animals?</div>
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Umm...not a good idea. I think there are more diplomatic ways to deal with this...
 
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