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Originally Posted: February 9, 2012
Tell the California State Fair Board that it's time to end the nursery/birthing exhibit because the educational value is questionable, and more importantly, heavily pregnant animals are unnecessarily transported and stressed.
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California State Fair
1600 Exposition Blvd.
phone (916) 263-FAIR (263-3247)
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In 2010, a pregnant Holstein cow escaped her pen during the California State Fair. State Fair police chased the frightened animal down in a large SUV. They shot her multiple times, killing her. The cow was part of the Nursery Exhibit, in which heavily pregnant cows, pigs, sheep, and goats give birth in front of an audience.
Since then, animal advocates and concerned citizens have attempted - in vain - to convince the State Fair to eliminate the live birth exhibit at the State Fair. The educational value of the exhibit is questionable, and more importantly, heavily pregnant animals are unnecessarily transported and stressed.
The State Fair Board has adamantly opposed any attempts to eliminate the exhibit, despite public pressure.
It is now time to offer the Fair Board a compromise - eliminate the cow and pig live births, while retaining the sheep and goats.
Why just the cows and pigs?
While Animal Place opposes the nursery exhibit in its entirety, it is the cow and pig portions of the exhibit that pose the most danger to both animal and human safety. Both cows and pigs are large animals who are not easily controlled should they escape or react poorly to the unnatural, stressful environment of the fair.
Pigs are confined in crates so small they cannot turn around. This added confinement only increases stress and frustration. Calves are removed from their mothers immediately after birth, which is already an enormous stressor. To have that occur in a strange, frightening environment only exacerbates the fear of the cow and calf.
As a reasonable individual, I believe the time has come to compromise on the issue of live births at the California State Fair.
Instead of eliminating the nursery exhibit entirely, stop using cows and pigs. Both pose a human health risk due to their size and difficulty in handling should they escape.
Further, pigs are confined in crates so small they cannot turn around, and calves are removed from their mother's immediately after birth. This creates undue stress and frustration for the animals.
Sheep and goats are easier to handle and provided more appropriate space. Kids and lambs remain with their mothers as well.
Please compromise and remove the cattle and pig portion of the live birth exhibit.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!