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A GIFT FOR SUZANNA MEGLES

Story ID:8341
Written by:Frederick William Wickert (bio, link, contact, other stories)
Story type:OurEcho Community
Location:North East New York USA
Year:2012
Person:Suzanna
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A GIFT FOR SUZANNA MEGLES

A GIFT FOR SUZANNA MEGLES

A GIFT FOR SUZANNA MEGLES

A GIFT FOR SUZANNA MEGLES

A GIFT FOR SUZANNA MEGLES

A GIFT FOR SUZANNA MEGLES
By Fred Wickert


Not long ago Suzanna Megles posted a story, the title of which I have forgotten. In the story she made the statement that due to CAFOS, almost no cattle in the United States ever saw the open sky or breathed fresh air or enjoyed green grass. I wish I could quote from the story her exact words, but I cannot because the story has since been pulled from Ourecho.

I knew this was not a true statement. It is true of course, for the cattle who are in the CAFOS she deplores, and so do I for that matter. It is not true that almost no cows are in outside pastures. I wrote as much in a comment to her story. Suzanna replied to my comment that she had two college degrees and a lot of experience reading stories and articles on the internet and believed she knew more about it than I did. I replied back that she lived in a city all her life. I live in the country and have lived on several farms and see cows in pastures all the time in my local travels while going about my business. Suzanna, being a city dweller has not had that opportunity.

I stopped on a state highway, route 30, on my way to visit my wife in a nursing home. There were some cows out to pasture. I took a picture of them for Suzanna. Later, I took a picture of some more cows out to pasture on the same highway. Then I made a trip to Amsterdam but on Route 30 going North instead of South as the first two pictures, and I took pictures of some more cattle out to pasture there. There is one herd in Schoharie county and another in Montgomery county, and still a third in a pasture just outside of Amsterdam. I was going there to visit my sister in the hospital. A few days later I went West on route 23 to Oneonta for supplies. There was a herd just outside of Stamford, but I didn't stop there. Before I got to Oneonta there were a couple more herds and I stopped and took a picture of those.

I am posting almost all of those pictures as a gift for Suzanna so she can have the peace of mind of seeing cattle in open air pastures under the open sky with all the green grass they can eat. Ourecho only allows five pictures per post so I am posting five with this posting and will add an additional post just so she can see five more. I took eleven in all but there is no room to post that one.

I know she saw them when I posted them in the summer of 2009, but I posted some other pictures of cows out in the pasture. Those were not on a state highway but on town or county roads and were all within the town of Gilboa, N.Y. Those pictures, in case she wants to see more, are with a story I posted titled, COWS THE CAUSE OF GLOBAL WARMING? It is Ourecho story ID#5356.

Suzanna, I know the conditions in CAFOS are grievous to all of us who care about animals and deplore the abuse of them, but not all cattle are raised or kept in those conditions. As I have told you before, the part of the state of New York where I live has no CAFOS and there are many herds of cows out to pasture and enjoying the open sky, the fresh air and the green grass. Most of them also have access to a stream with running water or of a pond full of water. Chuck Dishno in Montana has told me cows out to pasture can be seen everywhere where he lives and Ronnie Jones has told me they are everywhere you look in his part of Tennessee. So you see Suzanna, that is only three states and I remember when my wife and I went to Pennsylvania to my grandsons wedding, we observed a number of herds of cows out in pastures. There are many many cattle that are still being kept the old way and not in CAFOS. This is a nation of 50 states. I have only mentioned four. I think it is safe to say the majority of states has cows grazing happily and peacefully in pastures.

I sincerely hope that you enjoy my gift to you, seeing with your own eyes that there are more than just a few cows in outdoor pastures within the United States. I hope the knowledge that there are many who are not subjected to life in the CAFOS has eased some of the pain in your heart.