Opinion

LETTER: Don’t ditch dairy

Re: This week’s release of video of animal abuse at Chilliwack dairy farm.

So we’re all supposed to “ditch dairy” now?

If that is what it takes, I think I could come up with a whole lot of video to promote the ditching of alcohol, cigarettes, and even cars.

I’m not sure about anyone else, but if I saw my neighbour’s dog escaping its yard every day and dangerously dodging traffic, I would go to the owner and inform him of the problem to help solve it.

I would not stand for days taking video until the dog was finally run over and then use it as a promotional tool against owning a pet, or maybe against driving a car.

Anyway, what was the name of that organization again?

As horrible and wrong as the actions of those employees were, be assured that there was also much agenda-promoting, cinematic manipulation and basic misrepresentation going on as well, playing directly on the naïveté of the general public.

I’m not a dairy farmer, but I’ve seen first hand how they take great pride in their farms, and care deeply for their cows.

I encourage everyone to visit a farm if they have the chance and see the bigger picture of dairy farming in B.C., and don’t “ditch dairy” over a tainted, isolated event.

Bryan Brandsma

Abbotsford

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