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Some Animal Rights Extremists Care More About Money Than Animals, Pate Says
Thu, 04 Oct 2012 11:06:00 CDT
Curt Pate talks about animal rights activsists, low-stress cattle handling, and BQA.
South Dakota cattle rancher Curt Pate believes handling cattle the low-stress way is right thing to do, but he's not sure about the best way to handle animal rights extremists like the Humane Society of the United States.
"I don't know if we can reason with everybody in the world. All I know is the only thing I can do is change myself. And, so, the more I learn how to better treat animals, not only for profit, but just because when I do it I feel really good. Like they say, 'It's the right thing to do.'
"I have spent so much time worrying about HSUS, PETA, and all these folks-and I've really lost quite a bit of sleep about it-I'm not so sure they really care as much about animals as they do money. I know there's a lot of them that really do. And if they care about animals as much as they say they do, and if I care about animals as much as I think I do, then we should be able to come together and come to some agreement. Because I know I've seen a lot of cattle in feedyards that are a lot happier in that feedyard than they would be out in the dry desert that we're experiencing in South Dakota, because it's a droughty bugger. And those cattle in that feedyard, they've got a lot better deal than some of those cattle out on the range right now. So, if we all would work together for the betterment of the animal like we all truly say we should, I'm all for it. But, if we're just doing it for political reasons or monetary reasons, I can't do anything about that."
Pate, obviously believes that treating cattle right with low stress management is the right thing to do and it adds to the cattleman's bottom line. He has worked closely with leaders in the Beef Quality Assurance program to this end.
"We feel that cattle handling is a big part of BQA. It's not just where you place the shots and everything, it's how you get that animal into the chute to place the shots and all the things we do. And it's all kind of a holistic model where everything works together. And if we can teach these animals from birth clear on through the feedlot 'til the last time they go over the scale, BQA and cattle handling they go hand in hand."
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