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    Kids send Marcus the lamb to slaughter

    LONDON (Reuters) - A group of schoolchildren who reared a lamb from birth and named it Marcus has overridden objections by parents and rights activists and voted to send the animal to slaughter.


    Marcus the six-month-old lamb has now been culled, the head teacher of the primary school in Kent confirmed on Monday, after the school's council -- a 14-member group of children aged 6 to 11 -- voted 13-1 to have him killed.


    The decision has provoked fury among animal-loving celebrities, animal and human rights campaigners and the parents of some of the children, and led to threats against Lydd primary school and its teachers, according to a member of staff.


    Around 250 children at the school take part in a program designed to teach them about rearing and breeding animals.


    The educational farm was started this year, with Marcus being hand-fed by the children. The children also look after ducks, chickens, rabbits and guinea pigs.


    The intention had been to buy pigs with the money raised from slaughtering Marcus, but those plans have been put on hold following the furor created by the lamb's culling. The school said the program may now have to be stopped.


    "It's all up in the air," said a member of staff. "There's been so much pressure on us as a result of all this."


    Despite that, the school said there had been overwhelming support among the children, the staff and most of the parents to have Marcus -- a castrated male who could not have been used for breeding -- sent to the slaughterhouse.


    But opponents branded it heartless and cruel, with animal rights campaigners asking why Marcus could not have been used to teach the children about wool, and human rights campaigners worried about the emotional impact of Marcus's death on the children.


    A popular talkshow host offered to buy the lamb and give it sanctuary and Facebook groups sprung up to rally support to keep Marcus alive. But the children had the final say. The school defended the children's decision, calling it educational.


    "When we started the farm in spring 2009, the aim was to educate the children in all aspects of farming life and everything that implies," the school said in a statement.


    "The children have had a range of opportunities to discuss this issue, both in terms of the food cycle and the ethical aspect... It is important for everyone to move on from this issue, so the children can focus on their education."






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    Does anyone else think maybe the schools in the UK aren't quite teaching the kids well enough?

    Edit: Strike that. Thinking it over again, this is life and most people seem to be numb or just dumb to the fact that we have to kill animals to survive. At least one school had the guts to teach children some real life lessons.
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    But then again, good for them to stand their ground and do what they wanted to.

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    Pass the mint sauce

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    Only thing I enjoyed during my last trip back to Australia, my brother and sister in law had a bbq including lamb chops!!!

    If you eat meat then you should be able to accept the fact that the animal dies for you to eat. If not then go Vego and no piddling around with milk cheese and eggs either.

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    I wonder if there were other reasons why some parents objected to the slaughter, ah just re read it, it was in England not New Zealand so maybe not.

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    My old school breed rare sheep and turkeys and had them slaughtered every year in time for Christmas. Most parents were quite happy that it was often produce reared by their own children.

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    Hope the school has fruit trees as well, so the kids learn fruit doesn't come from tins. And imagine the hours of fun giving each piece of fruit a name, and taking a bite out of 'arry the apple or Chav the cherry.
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    Tasty lamb chops...

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    why is there always some asshole group that will try to stop anything they dont agree with? Its food plain and simple grow it and eat it! Fucking people have no spines anymore. I wonder how many people would survive if all the supermarkets closed?

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    ^ Agree. Well done the children for having a sense of reality about where food comes from. I hope they enjoyed eating Marcus.

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    The UK does seem to be going through a serious identity crisis these last few years. PC mania.

    They should give the complaining parents hunting knives, spears, guns etc and tell them to go and catch and kill their dinner. Massive denial of reality going on. It seems the kids are more sensible and well adjusted than the adults.
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    They should have had a voting option to slaughter it themselves, and see what meat really is. A "Lord Of The Flies" type thing.

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    ^ Agreed, see how many are really up for that reality !!

    Quote Originally Posted by mobs00 View Post
    Thinking it over again, this is life and most people seem to be numb or just dumb to the fact that we have to kill animals to survive. At least one school had the guts to teach children some real life lessons.
    No, thisis NOT A FACT Survival does not depend on killing animals, the beef council has you quite convinced but reality is , in our over processed , drugged food chain, Vegans are healthier in every aspect .

    Poor little Marcus, horrid end ....



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    Dairy and egg productin in no way hurts animals and is a nature respecting way to farm. providing the animals are kept in happy surrounds


    Quote Originally Posted by Katana View Post
    Only thing I enjoyed during my last trip back to Australia, my brother and sister in law had a bbq including lamb chops!!!

    If you eat meat then you should be able to accept the fact that the animal dies for you to eat. If not then go Vego and no piddling around with milk cheese and eggs either.

    Mark

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