Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The aim of the course was "to teach kids where food comes from" so what's the problem?

Making news around the world (well UK & Australia anyway) is a story about Marcus the sheep.

The headline in Australia was: Schoolkids vote 13-1 to slaughter lamb, with the blurb:

A GROUP of schoolchildren who reared a lamb from birth and named it Marcus have overridden objections by parents and rights activists and voted to send the animal to slaughter.

Marcus the six-month-old lamb has now been culled, the head teacher of the primary school in Kent confirmed yesterday, after the school's council - a 14-member group of children aged six to 11 - voted 13-1 to have him killed.

The decision has provoked fury among animal-loving celebrities, animal and human rights campaigners and the parents of some of the children, and led to threats against Lydd primary school and its teachers, according to a member of staff.

which linked back to the original story at The Daily Mail.

The story is basically that a school farm was set up to teach kids where food comes from. Marcus the sheep was hand reared by the kids who, when it got to 6 months old, voted to have it slaughtered. This has apparently caused a whole bunch of people to get upset.

Oh well, I guess some people like to pretend that the meat they buy in the supermarket didn't actually come from animals (either that or they are all vegetarians).

1 comment:

Old NFO said...

Yeah, we've got 'them' up here too...sigh... Buy it in the store where no animals were harmed...