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Originally Posted: September 23, 2012
Urge the people of Knotweed Urban Farm to keep their focus on the cultivation of plants, and demand that they spare the lives of rabbits and any other animals they're planning to kill, and planning to train people to kill. We agree that adults and children alike are alienated from their food sources. However a lesson in hands-on violence towards animals can only teach cruelty when we should be teaching compassion and empathy.
Cornelius & Shauna Frantz
Knotweed Urban Farm
phone (412) 496-3982
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
Voices for Animals recently received word from several distraught members of the public that a local urban farm, Knotweed, known for growing organic vegetables, is breeding rabbits on the farm property and plans to hold a “rabbit harvest” next Friday morning, September 28th.
The word harvest, when applied to animals, is merely an attempt to reduce these rabbits to inanimate objects. This is simply a slaughter done under the guise of connecting people with their food source, an otherwise commendable move. Furthermore, we know for a fact that children have been invited to witness the killing firsthand. Paula Jean of Knotweed Urban Farm confirmed that kids “need to know where their food comes from.” We agree that adults and children alike are alienated from their food sources. However a lesson in hands-on violence towards animals can only teach cruelty when we should be teaching compassion and empathy.
There is an increasingly popular idea that animals are somehow respected when they're killed apart from factory farming. It is paramount to remember that it is never respectful to take another individual's life, whether it happens in a large scale or small scale operation. Just because an animal may be treated marginally better on a small farm, does not justify his or her life being stolen.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!