With all the current issues in Ohio today, I think back to when things were much simpler. We raised our own vegetables and knew where our food came from. After church the whole family would gather around the table for a huge dinner. Dad used to tell us to always stand for what we thought was right and we could never go wrong.
Now that I am a grandmother, things are much different. Today I see my family and friends driven to opposite sides of the field. It has lead me to observe that there are four types of Ohioans.
My husband is type 1, as I call it, he thinks all of the uproar over the Humane Society of the United States is just a bunch of news hype and no one in Ohio will allow them to do anything. He just is not worried about it.
My friend is type 2. She thinks the HSUS is way too powerful and rich to fight.
My daughter is type 3. She thinks eating meat is wrong.
Then there is my view. I am type 4. I believe the HSUS is a strong organization, but they can be beat. I grew up knowing farming meant meat, milk, veggies and fruits. You need a balance of them all.
I have seen the pictures of the so-called factory farms, and I have seen slaughterhouses.
To some it is the worst thing they have ever seen. To some it is just what it is. I agree that animals should be treated with kindness, and they should not suffer. I also know that one day they will be food for my family.
I don’t believe any group of people should tell us what we can and cannot eat. That is wrong. This is America.
My daughter chooses not to eat meat; I don’t argue with her. That is her choice just as it is my choice to eat meat. We understand and respect each other’s choices in life.
I have been a long time reader of Farm and Dairy. I respect the paper’s willingness to post all sides of this issue.
I would simply ask every reader to think about the future of Ohio. There are two sides, and you need to stand for one of them.
Don’t fall into type 1 or 2. It is time to stand up and fight.
David defeated Goliath, so can Ohioans defeat the HSUS and let us make our own choices in our lives.