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14 June 2015 - Don’t Swear in Front of Your Sheep

If you are a sheep producer, my advice to you this week is “Don’t Swear in Front of Your Sheep” and your response is probably “What are you talking about?” Let me explain, because it is one of the stories that confirms again how ridiculous animal rights groups, like PETA, can get.

Here’s the story - Boorungie Station Sheep Ranch in Australia is facing accusations of animal abuse from PETA because employees used foul language around the sheep. The manager of the sheep station, Ken Turner said . . . “The allegation was that bad language was used by an employee in front of the sheep and the animals had the ability to understand English, so they could have been offended by the use of the bad language.”

Then, to add to the silliness (or stupidity) the President of Lawyers for Animals said this “Verbal abuse of an extreme nature could constitute an act of violence against the animals.” C’mon PETA and Lawyers for Animals, based on your reasoning, every parent in America who has sworn in front of their children, could be charged with criminal child abuse...because their kids can understand English.

But now, something of a more serious nature, a lawsuit was filed in California a few days ago against state and federal water managers. The basic purpose of the suit would be to take water from people, especially farmers, to save certain fish from extinction.

Bill Jennings of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance said, “We bring this lawsuit in an effort to prevent the impending extinction of fisheries that thrived for millennia. We cannot stand aside and watch species go extinct simply because special interests have captured our regulatory agencies and they refuse to comply with laws enacted to protect fish and water quality.”

I guess Mr. Jennings considers food producers to be one of the “special interest” groups. But does he know that farmers in the No. 1 agricultural state in the nation have already agreed to curtail the use of water and to not plant thousands of acres this year. And just days ago, the state ordered farmers with water rights that go back over a hundred years to stop using that water, meaning a severe loss of income for them, as well as a loss of produce for the rest of us.

I understand the concern over the extinction of fish, but I am more concerned about the extinction of farmers. We can’t let that happen in California, so let’s work together on dealing with the drought.

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