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Addressing the Emotion of Animal Welfare

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Guest Blog By Gayle Smith

Animal activists are successfully influencing the consumer’s view of animal welfare by appealing to the core values people believe in, such as compassion, justice, fairness and freedom.

During a recent meeting in Nebraska, a slide depicted two photos. One was of caged laying hens, and the other was a small cage containing two parrots. The message was obvious – why do so many of the public oppose the housing situation for the laying hens, but see no problem with the quality of life of the parrots?

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Posted by Farm and Food Care on August 23rd, 2012 :: Filed under Activism,Agriculture Education,Animal care,Animal welfare,Laying hens,Pigs
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Livestock: the original recyclers

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Livestock: the original recyclers

By Jeanine Moyer

About 30 per cent of Canada’s agricultural land is too hilly, rocky, cold or wet to grow crops. But it can support grazing livestock. Livestock don’t compete with people for food grains. In all, about 80 per cent of the feed consumed by cattle, sheep, goats and horses could not be eaten or digested by humans.

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Posted by Farm and Food Care on August 16th, 2012 :: Filed under Beef cattle,Consumers,Crops,Environment,Feeding the world,Uncategorized
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There are always two sides to the story

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Guest blog:  Jacquie Maynard, Fairview Post (Alberta)

After I wrote my article on vegetarianism a few months ago, I received several letters from upset farmers, ranchers and veterinarians, reprimanding me for one single paragraph out of the entire story.

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Posted by FFC on August 13th, 2012 :: Filed under Activism,Animal care,Beef cattle,Food,Misconceptions
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Talking to animals on a whole new level

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When Heather Donkers realized health restrictions would prevent her from working on her family’s dairy farm, she knew she had to find a way to still play a role in caring for animals.

Her health treatments included Body Talk, a relatively new natural health practice.  Donkers was so happy with the way her treatments were going, she took a course to be a certified practitioner, and that was when things began to fall into place.  One day she found out Body Talk could be practiced on animals. A course called Access Animals taught the basics of it.

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Posted by Farm and Food Care on August 9th, 2012 :: Filed under Animal care,animal handling,Animal health,Dairy cattle,Horses,Uncategorized
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Meet this octogenerian with a passion for beef cattle

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 by Patricia Grotenhuis

Passionate about her cattle, full of energy and enthusiastic about the agricultural industry, Sandy Grant is a farmer with a full schedule.  She is also 85 years young and does the work herself.

Beef farmer Sandy Grant is the face of August in the Faces of Farming calendar

This energetic mother of nine and grandmother of 14 moved from the city to her Georgetown-area farm in 1971 with her family, and has had animals ever since.  She admits the neighbours did not know what to think of her and her husband at first, but as time went on, relationships were formed and friends made.

“I always thought it would be nice to live on a farm.  After years of having horses and ponies, I wanted to try something different so I bought my first four heifers in the early 1980s,” says Grant.

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Posted by Farm and Food Care on August 1st, 2012 :: Filed under Animal care,Beef cattle,Canada,Faces of Farming,Farm life,Misconceptions,Speaking out,Sustainability of the family farm
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