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We do not eat our pets!

COUNTRYSIDE: I was appalled to read the "Thoughts on making a living from the homestead" article by Curt M. Butterfield in the July/August issue. Potbelly pigs are pets--they are not raised for consumption in this country any more than horses or dogs are. Would you advocate the eating of rescued dogs? If this guy can't make it homesteading without eating abused and/or lost pets, maybe he should give it up, move to Detroit and get a job.

COUNTRYSIDE: People send their pets to shelters because they can no longer take care of them or some special reason. Not to have them eaten! What a shame this is that there are people out there like this. I have wanted a pot-bellied pig for so long and he is eating them! I also have emus. I have called local people and I am hoping he will get not one more emu or pot-bellied pig! --Pattie Gabriel;

Ed. note: This next letter was long, citing numerous examples of how the author saved many dogs on an income of $650/month. It has been edited for space.

COUNTRYSIDE: ... I am furious with your last edition's article on Homestead Business ...

To present such a brutal method of making money as suggested by Rebecca Hiller is inexcusable. I have done much in the way of animal rescue and guess what, many of those dogs are purebreds that people paid a lot of money for.

... Perhaps Ms. Hiller should breed children. There are many "loving" people who pay good money for young innocent children. While this idea will turn most stomachs (as it well should) there really isn't much difference here. The helpless are being exploited.

I am not a member of any animal rights group. I simply believe that all of God's creatures should be treated with dignity and respect. Animals are for our enjoyment and pleasure, not to inflate our egos or pocketbooks. Cancel my subscription and do not ever contact me again! Rest assured that if my friends who subscribe to your magazine missed this article, I'll be sure to point it our to them.--David Forjan, Barton, NY;

COUNTRYSIDE: I thought I would add this to the story of eating pigs from the pound. Here is a picture of my Silver who languished in the animal shelter for three weeks before I heard of his plight. Many people tried to adopt him but the warden refused because they were open about their intentions of eating him. He now lives part time in our home and is used in a therapy program for abused and neglected children. Silver is much more intelligent than any dog and is truly a member of our family. He was obviously raised as a pet in someone's home but I have tamed others in less than two weeks to the extent that they went from wild to tame pets. Their intelligence and sensitivity is astounding.

These wonderful animals do not make good eating. My brother in-law ate them in Vietnam and said they were incredibly fatty. The slaughter-houses refuse to deal with them because there is no meat fit for human consumption. Those sold at auction usually go for around a dollar per animal and go to the pet food industry.

I am a teacher who takes my pig into the classroom with great results. The kids will do just about anything for a visit from Poco. See our website if you are interested.--Lorelei Pulliam;

As an interesting sidenote, an article in the August 29th issue of the Wall Street Journal suggested many animals "wear the pants in the family." Because so many people live far away from family members and may not know their neighbors, they turn to their pets for companionship. Some folks will go so far as to fight over Rover in a divorce settlement. Joel Gavriele-Gold, a New York psychologist worries about some people. He comes across a number of people who say, "If it's a choice between my pet and my lover, I won't disappoint my pet."

Studies show that more than 70% of pets now have human names (like our tortishell cat, Jessica). The top three: Molly, Sam and Max.--Anne-marie
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Title Annotation:Country conservation & feedback
Publication:Countryside & Small Stock Journal
Date:Nov 1, 2003
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