Farmers face dilemma: Animals as meat or pets?
By Morgan Jarema
The Grand Rapids Press
GRAND RAPIDS — Farmers who raise animals for food have a real image problem.
Children have cribs filled with stuffed animals. Adults refer to their pets as children, spending millions annually on surgeries and cancer treatments, and donating to animal-welfare charities.
And, as evidenced by the billions of pounds of beef, cattle, livestock and dairy products consumed every year in the U.S., most of them can’t get enough chicken nuggets, T-bone steaks and Thanksgiving turkey.