It’s no secret I’m a fan of 4-H organization. This year I became a leader in our 4-H equine club, and it’s been one of the most fulfilling decisions I’ve made in my life. It’s a bit of work, but we have a great group of parents who all pitch in, and wonderful bunch of kids.
As any 4-H parent knows, one of the pleasures of being involved in the organization is watching our collective kids grow. It really does take a village. I’m sure even Wee will one day grow into this hat. (smile)
I snapped this shot at one or another of the 4-H on Parade events, hosted by the Calgary Stampede we’ve attended over the years. It remains one of the highlights of 4-H involvement for our family, as the kids get to hang out with their friends from other livestock clubs, and take part in activities which encourage leadership and creativity, such as stall judging and decorating.
This pledge is repeated by members of all 4-H clubs throughout North America at every meeting and event. I like it. It’s old fashioned – a few simple thoughts with a deep message.
I want to show you PETA’s take on the 4-H pledge, for it appears the group has decided to target the 4-H youth organization. This photo is taken from the Colorado CattleWomen’s Facebook page, It was snapped at the Colorado State Fair, where PETA had a booth.
In other news, only a few days ago in Kansas, a federal judge upheld the right of the Kansas State Fair to shield visitors from an anti-processing video PETA had stationed front and center at a booth they had at that fair. It seems PETA wanted to show a graphic video and photos facing out to the walk-by traffic, and organizers simply asked them to restrict the viewing of these images to inside their booth. They didn’t even suggest they remove them.
PETA did what PETA does best – it filed a lawsuit.
The Huffington Post reported the federal judge, “determined the fair is a ‘limited public forum,’ because exhibitors have to apply for a booth and pay a fee — unlike a public square, for example, where anybody has the right to protest or speak,” and upheld the Kansas State Fair’s right to shield people walking by from easily seeing images which were extreme and graphic.
It’s not about censorship, it’s about appropriateness.
Truthfully, our Western Horse Review booth has been disallowed from displaying certain contents now and again at certain tradefair venues, not due to inflammatory or sensational intent, but rather, for they infringed one or another of the event’s trade fair rules. I would suggest it’s not at all unusual for a trade fair manager to show up at a booth, and announce, “you can’t do this.”
PETA, of course, is playing the freedom of speech and First Amendment rights card, both unsurprising and unoriginal.
I wonder, given the precedent PETA has set in the above two cases: an inflammatory and direct attack on a respected youth organization of the rural lifestyle; and secondly, legal action in attempt to force their issue . . . how many other fairs and rural events will consider allowing PETA into their trade shows?