On Feb. 17, Ridgeland will hold its annual Pioneer Days. During this event, chickens will be tossed from a roof top into the crowd below and pigs will be chased.
Both of these events are inhumane and lacking in any compassion for animals. Thankfully, the Alliance for Animals has started a petition on Change.org to stop these events. As of Saturday, I am one of over 84,000 signatures on this petition.
I grew up on a dairy farm. We had one of the top purebred Holstein herds not only in Minnesota, but in the country. Animals from our farm could be found in many countries around the world. We also raised pigs. My youth was spent showing cows, pigs, horses, dogs and rabbits, winning many awards.
If my parents were living, I would thank them for teaching me to treat all of our animals humanely, from our top award-winning cows all the way down to our cats. They would have never allowed our animals be used in events that were not humane or that purposely caused fear or possible injury, even if some of them would soon be on their way to slaughter.
Why do communities need to have events like this? Is it right to teach children that it is OK to mistreat animals for the sake of human entertainment? Or for any reason? I believe we should be encouraging a more compassionate world for all living creatures? To the community of Ridgeland, it is time to change.
TONI BERNHARDT, Barron,