Kropp: Questioning animal transport

Kropp: Questioning animal transport

There are 20 comments on the The Reporter story from Sep 2, 2010, titled Kropp: Questioning animal transport. In it, The Reporter reports that:

We sometimes read news reports about farm animals that end up on freeways because of some horrible accident.

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Mark from NJ

New York, NY

#1 Sep 2, 2010
A good reporter would have obtained the answers to those questions. This is just a RANT with no research on transporting animals or facts about the accident.

Since: Aug 10

San Jose, CA

#2 Sep 2, 2010
200 head in a 20 foot trailer? They were either real small or the trailer had 4 decks, maybe a combination of both.

Would you rather we went back to the Bonanza days and just run the stock down the road? That probably wouldn't help your commute time either.
Dixon_Girl

Davis, CA

#3 Sep 2, 2010
No disrespect to the animals in this story who suffered, but rather than rant about something where the end result was basically going to be 'the same', your time would've been better spent questioning the mountain lion ordeal in Berkeley.
iamdede

Lebanon, TN

#5 Sep 5, 2010
Good article....this is why my son is a vegetarian and my daughter will only eat "Free Range" meat purchased from their local farmer. I am not an expert on how "stress" affects animals...from my own experience, I can only believe that when one (human or animal) is under very "stressful" conditions, that the body chemistry reacts to combat that stress! I am seriously considering following my children's lead and go vegetarian....what do I have to lose? Just the chemical stress created in those animals bodies as they go "off to market". Thank you Maite for always bringing some light into my life in regards to our "animal friends"....and May God Bless all His creation!!!

Since: Aug 10

San Jose, CA

#6 Sep 5, 2010
"Free range meat from the local farmer" HaHa, Now that's funny.

I see some of these "local farmers" buy their so called "free range stock" at the auction yards all the time.

Many animals get so used to being moved around that they will hop right into the trailer without even being pushed and don't get stressed at all.
wise

Vilonia, AR

#7 Sep 5, 2010
Birds Landing Bob wrote:
"Free range meat from the local farmer" HaHa, Now that's funny.
I see some of these "local farmers" buy their so called "free range stock" at the auction yards all the time.
Many animals get so used to being moved around that they will hop right into the trailer without even being pushed and don't get stressed at all.
my neighbor used to have this bull that he would trailer from pasture to pasture to breed his and others cows. after a couple trips he could park the trailer, open the rear gate and the bull would load himself. true story.
wise

Vilonia, AR

#8 Sep 5, 2010
miss kropp. if you are so worried about animals being trailered, try this on for size. make it mandatory that animal transport trailers be inspected yearly for rotting floors. nothing more disgusting than to hear of animals falling through the rotten floor and having their legs ground off while they are still alive. now this is something you could get traction on.

Since: Aug 10

San Jose, CA

#9 Sep 5, 2010
Most guys that I know take pretty good care of their trailers and do their best to keep everything alive. Dead livestock doesn't usually bring top dollar.
iamdede

Lebanon, TN

#10 Sep 5, 2010
Birds Landing Bob wrote:
"Free range meat from the local farmer" HaHa, Now that's funny.
I see some of these "local farmers" buy their so called "free range stock" at the auction yards all the time.
Many animals get so used to being moved around that they will hop right into the trailer without even being pushed and don't get stressed at all.
Well, my daughter lives in rural Illinois and they get their "free range meat" from the farmer next door.....they see that animal every day up until it is ready for slaughter at that farm....they also get "free range eggs" from another farmer down the road...so they are confident of their source...I know not all folks who are interested in "free range" products have the luxury of living next door to the farmers.....well still need to treat all animals with respect and honor!
Julie

United States

#11 Sep 8, 2010
Well i find the whole business of commodifying animals for food to be bad business. From the horrendous conditions these tortured animals live on factory farms, to the cramped and terrifying trip to the supposedly "humane slaughter" (now that's an oxymoron, "humane slaughter", what a joke!) Not to mention the impact this agra-business has on our environment. Maite, I wouldn't expect to get any sympathy from the meat eaters out there....they could care a less about these poor animals. If you really care about animals I certainly hope you are vegan!

Since: Aug 10

San Jose, CA

#12 Sep 9, 2010
Julie wrote:
Well i find the whole business of commodifying animals for food to be bad business. From the horrendous conditions these tortured animals live on factory farms, to the cramped and terrifying trip to the supposedly "humane slaughter" (now that's an oxymoron, "humane slaughter", what a joke!) Not to mention the impact this agra-business has on our environment. Maite, I wouldn't expect to get any sympathy from the meat eaters out there....they could care a less about these poor animals. If you really care about animals I certainly hope you are vegan!
You're right, no sympathy here but you are wrong concerning the care of the animals. My animals propably get better medical attention then you do.

If you really care about the planet then I certainly hope you do not breed.
Julie

United States

#13 Sep 10, 2010
Birds Landing Bob wrote:
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You're right, no sympathy here but you are wrong concerning the care of the animals. My animals propably get better medical attention then you do.
If you really care about the planet then I certainly hope you do not breed.
Don't worry Bob....I am sure your animals don't get better medical care than I do. Just because you pump them full of antibiotics doesn't equal good medical care. I DO care about the planet and I have zero children, nor do I intend to. As for your rude remarks...get a life! Shouldn't you be busy pumping your animals full of growth hormones and antibiotics so you can shuffle them off to slaughter for a buck????? Don't you have anything better to do than try to insult perfect strangers? I pity you and your animals.
Mike

United States

#14 Sep 10, 2010
Julie wrote:
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Don't worry Bob....I am sure your animals don't get better medical care than I do. Just because you pump them full of antibiotics doesn't equal good medical care. I DO care about the planet and I have zero children, nor do I intend to. As for your rude remarks...get a life! Shouldn't you be busy pumping your animals full of growth hormones and antibiotics so you can shuffle them off to slaughter for a buck????? Don't you have anything better to do than try to insult perfect strangers? I pity you and your animals.
A true schmuckette.

How do you know that Bob isn't an organic or even a kosher rancher?

Enjoy your unfulfilled and lonely life girly girl.
Julie

United States

#15 Sep 10, 2010
Mike wrote:
<quoted text>A true schmuckette.
How do you know that Bob isn't an organic or even a kosher rancher?
Enjoy your unfulfilled and lonely life girly girl.
Yo Mike-
My life is plenty fulfilled....totally rewarding and I am enjoying each and every minute of it to the fullest. I don't need to sink down to insulting perfect strangers in my spare time. I simply posted my opinion about the business of comodifying animals. I didn't attack Bob or you for that matter and I don't need to. It doesn't matter to me whether or not someone is an organic or kosher rancher.....it is all the same to me. I DONT EAT MEAT! There will always be trolls out there just hiding behind their computer keyboard trying to instigate some bullshit for kicks. So to you haters I'll just say this....peace & love peeps....I'de rather be me on my worst day than you on your best...I'm just laughing my ass off....I'M TOO BLESSED TO BE STRESSED!

Barbi - VV

Since: Oct 09

Vallejo, CA

#16 Sep 10, 2010
Julie wrote:
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Don't worry Bob....I am sure your animals don't get better medical care than I do. Just because you pump them full of antibiotics doesn't equal good medical care. I DO care about the planet and I have zero children, nor do I intend to. As for your rude remarks...get a life! Shouldn't you be busy pumping your animals full of growth hormones and antibiotics so you can shuffle them off to slaughter for a buck????? Don't you have anything better to do than try to insult perfect strangers? I pity you and your animals.
Why won't you intend to have children? Don't you like them? Afraid of getting fat? Or of having others pay a little more attention to the child other than to you? Hmmm?

Barbi - VV

Since: Oct 09

Vallejo, CA

#17 Sep 10, 2010
Julie wrote:
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Yo Mike-
My life is plenty fulfilled....totally rewarding and I am enjoying each and every minute of it to the fullest.
Don't worry. We believe you.
Julie

United States

#18 Sep 10, 2010
Barbi - VV wrote:
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Don't worry. We believe you.
Oh yeah Barbi....you so totally have me all figured out! PLEASE, PLEASE BARBI....please believe me! Please all you trolls believe me....how will I sleep at night????
HA-ha-ha....LMAO!!!!!!!

Since: Aug 10

San Jose, CA

#19 Sep 11, 2010
10 to 1 Julie is a Jerry Brown supporter too.

Since: Aug 10

San Jose, CA

#20 Sep 11, 2010
Julie wrote:
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Don't worry Bob....I am sure your animals don't get better medical care than I do. Just because you pump them full of antibiotics doesn't equal good medical care. I DO care about the planet and I have zero children, nor do I intend to. As for your rude remarks...get a life! Shouldn't you be busy pumping your animals full of growth hormones and antibiotics so you can shuffle them off to slaughter for a buck????? Don't you have anything better to do than try to insult perfect strangers? I pity you and your animals.
No hormones and antibiotics only if needed. That statement just shows how much you don't know. If anything takes antibiotics continuosly any bacterial infection would become immune to the antibiotic. Also it is illegal to slaughter an animal with any residual medication.
Julie

United States

#21 Sep 13, 2010
Birds Landing Bob wrote:
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No hormones and antibiotics only if needed. That statement just shows how much you don't know. If anything takes antibiotics continuosly any bacterial infection would become immune to the antibiotic. Also it is illegal to slaughter an animal with any residual medication.
Hey Bob-

I am glad to hear that you take the care of your animals so seriously. I do know about the fact that given antibiotics continuously results in antibiotic resistant strains of staph and infections such as MRSA. I want to point out that just because it is illegal to slaughter animals with residual medication, DOESN'T MEAN IT DOESN'T HAPPEN. Perhaps not in your operation, but it does happen in many. I commend you for being a rancher who has the well being of your animals and the people who consume them in mind, since ultimately you profit from both. I don't know if you are aware of the recent Ohio Conklin Dairy Farms case? It reflects some of the treatment of the animals that many in your own industry and slaughterhouse employees say is standard practice. There is plenty of undercover footage out there to reflect such mistreatment. Surely you would not condone such treatment. Listen when I originally posted my comment on here it was to Maite. My intent was not to insult anyone. I did take offense to your original comment to me I'm not sure if that was your intention or not, it doesn't even matter.
I apologize for my initial comment back to you. Just because you are a rancher and I am a vegan does not meant we need to be rude to each other. 10 to 1 you are a Meg Whitman supporter. It's all good cause in the grand scheme of things in life they all amount to small differences.~Peace~

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