Perhaps if more wisdom, compassion, and courage were actually practiced universally, the death tolls that are added to each additional Memorial Day wouldn't be so high
What becomes the essence of days such as Memorial Day and other "patriotic" holidays when those lost are "honored" through activities such as barbecues which are centered on the taking of even more innocent lives?
On Memorial Day, and every day..
In memory of all those lost to the violence of mankind - in wars, on the streets, in programming and policies
In memory of all those gave their lives, in memory of all those whose lives were taken from them
In memory of all those, through speciesism, are often not even recognized or respected as sentient beings, or considered entitled to or even deserving of memorializing
What is the US flag suppose to symbolize, if not that of wisdom, compassion, and courage? Where is there wisdom, compassion, and courage in essentially supporting violence against any living being, through promotion of food not even physiologically necessary, and through "entertainment" and "education"?
"Meat cannot be procured without violence" - Dr. Melanie Joy
If like their predecessors, these months-old 15 pigs - and the 14 lambs in the enclosure next to them - will soon be sold by the taxpayer purchased and funded Wagner Farm and their Glenview Clovers 4H club to auction and slaughter at the Lake County (IL) Fair:
Wagner Farm has repeatedly been rejecting requests made over many years to send these 4H animals to sanctuary, and is instead now rejecting all collaborative efforts offered by Wagner Farm Rescue Fund.
*Please see the exposes of Wagner Farm by Robert Grillo / Free from Harm and national journalist James McWilliams:
Once any animals, including those owned "privately", become part of a facility in any capacity that is taxpayer purchased and funded, such as Wagner Farm is, they immediately become the business of the public.
Wagner Farm is a facility of the Glenview (IL) Park District:
Wagner Farm and the Glenview Park District can be reached at:
Glenview Park District's online form at http://glenviewparks.org/index.php/contact
Glenview Park District: 847-657-3215
Wagner Farm: 847-657-1506
Director, Wagner Farm
(224) 521-2187 (direct line listed on park district web site)