To the editor:

Bambi doesn’t have it so good. 

Hunters are the last of his worries. Every year he faces dying by starvation, freezing, thirst, and disease. Cars hit him. Then there’s eagles, bobcats, lynx, coyotes, feral dogs, wolves and cougars. There’s always another buck that wants to beat him to a pulp.

A cougar kills in a hurry. She sinks a canine tooth into Bambi’s brain and it’s over. Smaller predators kill slowly. A pair of coyotes will run him to exhaustion, then start tearing his flesh. It will take days to get him down and then he doesn’t die until he is half eaten. 

Ferdinand the bull on the other hand has it lots better. He lives free right there along with Bambi, except it’s different for him. He always has plenty to eat and drink. Hunters don’t come after him. Predators that come after him magically get shot. There are other bulls but they all have lots of cows to keep them busy. Life is good. He only worries about vegetarians because if they get their way, his lifestyle is over. 

The cowboys will go away and suddenly all those demon things that torment Bambi begin to attack and torment Ferdinand and continue to attack and attack until Ferdinand’s life is a living hell.

So be good to Ferdinand and eat beef!

(s) danny davis


(5) comments

Mike James

Meat has become an industrial product. Most of the meat you'll find in your grocery store is full of antibiotics, added hormones, feed additives, artificial flavor enhancers, age-delaying gases and salt-water solutions. Look into what your eating and what it takes to get it to your table.

Fox Blue River

Every Sunday morning I have steak and eggs, bacon, fruit and a couple of beers; this makes the day so much better!


Thank you. I have not laughed that hard all day! We are the healthiest and strongest nation because of our agriculture and cattle industries.


The world is reducing its beef consumption, and that is a good thing all around. Beef production uses an exorbitant amount of resources , especially water, and conflict with land use efficiencies. I just read an article titled " Five ways beef production is harming the planet ". Eating less red meat will add to a person's health and lifespan ... some red meat is fine, a steady diet is not. I read another article titled " Cutting red meat for longer life " from Harvard Health journal.

There are more reasons to curb beef consumption than to make it a staple.


P.S. I find it humorous at the least or disturbing at most that the letter writer thinks actively supporting the cattle industry means requisite eating of beef when we might otherwise go for chicken or veggies... that somehow buying into beef is why we have canine teeth . That we need to financially do our part to support a dying industry and anachronistic lifestyle with its failed business model. The cattle need us to further subsidize them at the checkout line after we already subsidized them with below market grazing fees, cheap or free water, ridiculous self-serving tax breaks not accorded other business sectors, and many more special interest gimmes. if cattle producers had to pay full price for all the costs associated with raising beef and got no politically driven discounts or handouts, they wouod not last a calendar year on a level market field. Every beef cow ( and domestic sheep ) in Wyoming could disappear tomorrow into the belly of a hovering UFO, and the red meat industry and consumers would hardly blink at the loss . Like I said, the beef business model is flawed and will only get worse in decades to come.

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