Lord of the Flies II: Parents and Activists Call For End of School Farm Program After Students Vote to Cull Lamb

140px-German_ewe_grazing_closeupA popular farming and livestock program at a primary school in Kent may be shutdown after the student council voted to ignore objections from parents and animal activists and have a six-month-old lamb named Marcus slaughtered for cash. The 14-member council composed of 6 to 11 year old children voted to turn Marcus into chops and to use the money to buy pigs for the program at Lydd primary school.

The children reared Marcus from birth and then shocked parents by announcing their decision to cull Marcus. He is a castrated lamb, so he cannot be used to expand the herd. The children also manage ducks, chickens, rabbits and guinea pigs. The children were managing their stock and making the type of decision that farms (as opposed to zoos) make on the use of such animals.

Animal activists are insisting that Marcus should be used to teach kids about wool production and are now calling for an end of the program entirely.

The school has defended the children and noted that farms cull animals and that the children are making the type of decisions that are inherent in such an operation.

A good point, but they may want to consider what some English schoolboys did to a Piggy:

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23 thoughts on “Lord of the Flies II: Parents and Activists Call For End of School Farm Program After Students Vote to Cull Lamb”

  1. Jefferson anticipating Scientology?


    ROFLMRKOMN (rolling on the floor laughing my ruptured kidneys out my nose)

    Oh man, that’s just too funny to imagine. I’m thinking it might have made the poor man apoplectic! But when the coniption fit over Scientology’s madness stopped, oh would L. Ron be getting an ear full. lol

    “On occasion of learning about the tenets of your new religion, Mr. Hubbard, I am inclined to consider you either a feeble minded fool, a lying charlatan, a criminal mastermind or possibly all three.”

    It would only go down hill from there.

    Thanks for the laugh, Byron.

    I’ll still be giggling about that tomorrow.

  2. mespo:

    very interesting read. It goes with my take on religion in colonial and pre-colonial America. But I do not read into this a prohibition of a manger scene in front of a public building. In my mind it seems to encourage any religion (I doubt even Jefferson could anticipate Scientology) to put up a public display of what they deem appropriate for their religion. At the very least it does not appear to restrict public observances. He even talks about taxes and how people should not be forced to pay for what they don’t believe in. This is not a document of religious freedom only but appears to underpin individual liberty.

    Jefferson’s The Virginia Statute for Establishing Religious Freedom reads like an approbation of individual liberty unencumbered by state prohibitions. It is not only about religion, this document can be applied generally.

    I think Bob McDonnell needs to read it and also the article you linked to. Anyone who reads those documents would not write an essay like the one he wrote.

  3. To All:

    You know that schools are going back to some part of vocational education. It is called charter/magnet schools. Not everyone is cut out for main stream education. If it had not been for FFA I would not have graduated High School. Something about attendance policy, still don’t know what that means.

    Somehow or another I managed to only miss 1 day in 2 years as opposed to going to school valid excuses I tell you, but none the less still cut 98 days in 9th grade and 99 in 10th. School or Home? Humm, hard choice back in the 70s and I think some here know what I am saying. When I took the tests I did good enough to make the A/B honor roll, what more could a parent ask?

    Note to students: Go to class. Take notes. Let the rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure. They are the score cards that you are judged by. Just let the Judge you know them better than they do. Well hell, at least you read them. You can win a case on Procedure. And another note, if you know the rules of civil procedure you have a heads up on the Prosecutor as Rules not in conflict control. Or at least the 2 states that I have practiced in.

  4. FFA in the family (one of my uncles was national president back in the 50(?)s!), and sheep for 4-H for many years for me. If my father (the bank ag agent) hadn’t died (he was crest-of-the-wave 50’s avalanche of heart disease), we probably would have graduated to beef, too.

    I think the school’s program is GREAT! Realistic, and a good idea in this day and age. These kids will have some real-life experience to base their future judgments about greenhouse-gas influence of CAFO’s on!! What, is this the first time some of these parents realized the farm program was a REAL FARM program, and not, as someone else mentioned, a “petting zoo”?

    Here’s hoping sanity rules, rather than “keep our kidlets dumb and “innocent” of real life”!!!

  5. Animal rights activists and libertarians both ought to all be rounded up and shipped to Somalia. Perhaps after surviving there for a decade or so, they’ll understand where they went wrong…

  6. Mespo72^3:

    thank you. Having been influenced by the enlightenment I would say they would be believers in reason above all else.

    To bad there are no Jefferson’s and Madison’s around today. But then there are no educational institutions that are teaching Greek, Latin, and the old dead white guys such as Cato, Cicero, Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, et. al. within a conceptual framework.

  7. Byron:

    I don’t believe Jefferson had the faith you mention in the common man. He wrote to James Madison, “Above all things I hope the education of the common people will be attended to; convinced that on their good sense we may rely with the most security for the preservation of a due degree of liberty.” (Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1787)

    Jefferson understood an uneducated mass is ruinous to democracy and only an educated populace would preserve one. He said famously, “I have so much confidence in the good sense of man, and his qualifications for self-government, that I am never afraid of the issue where reason is left free to exert her force.” (Thomas Jefferson to Comte Diodati, 1789).

    Reason was the sine qua non, not common sense which may or may not be reasonable.

  8. hey we almost have a manyan.
    I was in FFA in high school also.
    it was a glitch, okay? I needed 4 more units and animal husbandry seemed cake and besides the guys were built and hot.
    anyway, on real farms, real farmers do this all the time. they slaughter lambs to pay for pigs. they slaughter lambs for dinner.
    did these people think that they were running a petting zoo?

  9. Mike A.,,

    I am with you as a FFA. I realize not all schools were equal and you had that sissy side to it called 4-H. I raised show pigs or swine as you may. It was a venture all into itself. And PETA complains about livestock raised for meat. PETA People Eating Tasty Animals.

    I also was in Horticulture it helped out during the 70’s a lot. 75 greenhouse nursery. Things could get grown green vegetation year round.

  10. What a dumb story. As a proud member of the La Luz (N.M.) School 4-H Club in 1957 I raised and slaughtered two pigs as a project. I am constantly amazed at the extent to which parents will go to prevent their kids from learning that the animals we consume must first be killed.

  11. Mespo72^3:

    Thank you, but I dont think that is the one. Maybe I am thinking of another founder. The quote talks about putting faith in the average people of the country to do the right thing under bad circumstances. Franklin maybe or Madison?

  12. Byron:

    I do and here it is, but I suspect even Jefferson would have paused after surveying today’s “common man.”

    The quote goes, “If the obstacles of bigotry and priestcraft can be surmounted, we may hope that common sense will suffice to do everything else.”

    The condition precedent apparently has yet to be satisfied among today’s rabble.

  13. puzzling:

    please keep that under your hat. I do so love a medium rare ribeye or porterhouse. Soy burgers just do not compare.

  14. these children have much more sense than their parents and elders. Expand your enterprise and create jobs and value (lamb chops) for others.

    Marcus will not have died in vain, his death teaches children about the virtue of making a profit. All Hail Marcus.


    do you have that Jefferson comment on the comman man? the one that says, I think, generally “I will put my faith in the common sense of the American people”

  15. Humans as carnivores may fall out of favor over time.

    I think that eventually we may see a tax on greenhouse gas emissions related to consumption of animals and animal products. For all the angst about auto fleet MPG standards and clean burning coal, the reality is that meat eaters produce 1.5 tons more in carbon dioxide per year than vegetarians do. Raising livestock produces more greenhouse gases than all of transportation, and accounts for 37 percent of methane and 65 percent of nitrous oxide produced annually. This is driven by the production of grain to feed for the animals, and the emissions of the animals themselves.

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