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Published: Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

I attended the McHenry County Fair on Friday, Aug. 1. This was my first time at this fair. The workers there were all kind.

What wasn’t good was the way the steers were kept in such poor conditions. I expected it to smell as I’ve been to other fairs. I didn’t expect to see the animals standing in dirty straw. Some also had rusty buckets to drink out of. Several of their owners were sitting outside the stalls talking while their animals could barely move in such tight quarters. Were they expected to stand for five days? I saw one lady scoop straw out of a water bucket and throw it on the dirty straw on the stall floor.

I also saw a rope halter almost on one steer’s eye. It just kept rubbing every time he moved.

If they treat their animals this way in public, how are they treated on the farm?

Linda Schmidt


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