I note the Governor of Colorado and the Democratic Party administration there are doing their best to anger and alienate the second-largest industry in the state.
Governor Jared Polis infuriated farmers and ranchers by issuing an anti-meat proclamation making March 20, 2021 “Meat Out Day.” ... The Polis proclamation is taken nearly word-for-word from the radical vegan Farm Animal Rights Movement’s (FARM) MeatOut.org website, and recites a litany of supposed evils of meat and benefits of a vegan lifestyle and even invokes “reducing our carbon footprint” and preventing animal cruelty. According to FARM, its mission is to end the use of animals for food.
Polis does give a nod to agriculture, noting that “Colorado is the proud home to farmers and ranchers alike and we recognize the importance of agriculture in the state.” But this didn’t blunt the ire of Colorado legislators, agricultural producers and county commissioners over the potential economic harm Polis may have triggered.
Logan County Commissioner Byron Pelton told Complete Colorado Friday that he has been taking numerous phone calls and text messages from his constituents.
“I heard several people mention it as a war on rural Colorado,” said Pelton. “These are family farming operations that have livestock and produce and they are very frustrated with the treatment of agriculture right now by the Governor.”
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The USDA January 1, 2021 livestock inventory in Colorado shows 2.65 million cows, 445,000 sheep, 630,000 hogs and 32,000 goats.
Colorado Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, who excoriated the proclamation on the floor of the state Senate, calling it “the most obscene gesture that can be given” to Colorado livestock producers, told Complete Colorado Saturday that there are going to be “huge gatherings” to celebrate Colorado meat products on March 20.
“The Sterling sale barn is having a huge event, and I’m going to a Four-H club in Holly where we will be handing out beef sticks and talking about how important the beef industry is in Colorado,” said Sonnenberg. “[The proclamation] has woken up a sleeping giant and agriculture is no longer set on just doing their work and tuning out politics. They have woken up and now they are going to fight back.”
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Polis has a history of antipathy towards agriculture. In 2019 he told the Colorado Department of Agriculture that it should promote vegan products made from soybeans, which are not grown in Colorado, like the Impossible Burger, a trademarked product of Impossible Foods Inc. He has also excluded appointments to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission and Colorado State Fair of representatives from the agricultural industry.
There's more at the link.
During our regular visits to Colorado for our Blogorado gathering every year, we've heard similar resentment and anger towards the state government from ranchers and farmers. They were particularly angered by the reintroduction of predatory species (threatening their herds, particularly calves and other young animals) without being given any input or say in the matter. As a result, I understand the 3-S treatment has become the usual way of dealing with the problem.
I like a blogging buddy's response to the Governor's decision.
My Saturday brewery friends, with whom I meet on Saturdays and have a pint or two, socialize, play cards, etc. and I have decided we're going to have a potluck carry in that day (the place we go does not serve food beyond pre-bagged chips, popcorn, etc., but encourages patrons to bring in food.... So we often will.)
So far, we've got two types of meat balls (Italian and Swedish), smoked duck, venison summer sausage, smoked chicken wings (me), maple candied bacon, and pulled pork sliders.
That's the way to do it!
Of course, what's happening in Colorado is no different to what's happening in Congress right now. It looks as if Pelosi and her coven are planning to ram gun control legislation through as quickly as they can, despite the fact that most Americans don't agree with it. They don't care about that. They only care that their progressive left-wing constituency want it - so screw the rest of us.
Hmmm . . . what about a potluck to demonstrate our contempt for the gun-grabbers? I suggest a main course of EBR's, with side dishes of handguns, magazines, ammo, and accessories.