Letter to the Editor re Douglas County Lamb Show & Barbecue

Letter to the Editor re Douglas County Lamb Show & Barbecue
Date submitted: May 30, 2013
News outlet: The News-Review

Sigmund Freud wrote that “Children show no trace of the arrogance which urges adult civilized men to draw a hard-and-fast line between their own nature and that of all other animals.”

Freud’s observation is confirmed by the friendships that children readily make with animals.  Unfortunately, the process of turning caring children into “civilized men” (and women) often involves terminating these friendships and mocking their significance.

The annual Douglas County Lamb Show & Barbecue serves this function of hardening hearts.  Children who have cared for animals are expected to put their friends on the auction block and eventually under the knife.  Amongst the civilized it is deemed a sign of maturity to willingly exchange the lives of loved ones for money.

Resource:
74th Annual Douglas County Lamb Show & Barbecue Program [PDF]
http://www.co.douglas.or.us/dcfair/docs/lamb_program.pdf

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One thought on “Letter to the Editor re Douglas County Lamb Show & Barbecue

  1. This is good Ian. I remember the first time I read about this event I thought it was like a freakish horror show — first show the animals, destined for the slaughterhouse, then eat barbecue? It sad and too true that we equate loss of sensitivity and empathy with “maturity”. Elizabeth  

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