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safety platform on the other side. Daisy then swings on her own rope-swing and in a display of brilliant acrobatics, flips in the air, and lands on the safety platform opposite of Otis. This is one of my favorite scenes on the TV show “Back at the Barnyard.” “Back at the Barnyard” is becoming a very popular TV show for children on Nickelodeon. Now if you have seen this show, you understand the false teachings it has shown children and even adults ignorant to agriculture. However, if you have never seen it then imagine with me for a moment. Imagine a male dairy steer with an udder, standing on his two hind legs, and talking with the other farm animals to come up with ideas to make money for themselves or do some other outrageous stunt. This is a typical day on the farm for Otis, the male dairy steer. It is these shows and even books that teach children today that farm animals are free range and are almost human. The fact is, it is no longer as common to see cows grazing in a quiet green pasture. Farm flocks of chickens that once gleaned waste around farmsteads have become a thing of the past. A group of pigs spending a sunny day together in a wallowing hole is pretty much unheard of. Farming is not what it once was. In fact, an increasing number of farm animals are kept in pens, crates or cages. This practice, called "confinement" rearing, saves labor and makes more efficient use of feed. When children grow up hearing and seeing stories like “Back at the Barnyard,” and go out into the real world and see how animals are really raised, the facts may scare them. From this scare arise two types of activist
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This note was uploaded on 09/13/2011 for the course SPCH 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at Oklahoma State.

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