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Disturbing disconnect of FFA

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By Emily Rohr

I was just a high school freshman when I joined the Future Farmers of America ― better known as FFA. At 15, I had visions of petting cows, playing with pigs and getting to hang out with cool animals. And I did get to do all of that. I joined FFA because I've always had a deep affinity for animals, and being up close and personal was very appealing. My rose-colored glasses fogged up very quickly, though, as I listened to the program coordinators encourage participants to view animals as "things." That's not how I felt at all.

I quickly grew frustrated when, instead of teaching us that all animals are individuals with unique personalities, needs and feelings, all our classes focused on animal agriculture and hammered home the message that our fellow animals are nothing more than a way to make money or win a competition. I didn't know........

© The Korea Times

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