Animals are not baseball cards to be traded. The animals at this (or any) swap meet are treated as objects rather than the sentient beings that they are. Animals enjoy the security of a familiar place and they establish relationships with other animals just as humans do. They value their lives.
Please write a letter to the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune voicing your thoughts about such inhumane “swap meets.” http://www.wisconsinrapidstribune.com/ic/forms/editor.shtml?refresh=1
One woman selling goats admitted to having a camel and a water buffalo at home. These exotic animals do not belong in Wisconsin and should not be held captive for the entertainment of bored humans.
Animal manipulators, animal producers, animal hoarders, yes. But animal lovers. No way.
GRANT — For 47 years, Dale Carlson has been holding annual swap meets to find homes for the small animals he supplies to petting zoos.
Tri-City Riding Club Dale Carlson Small Animal Swap Meet, which started in the front yard of his home, is held the first Saturday after Labor Day. A second swap meet takes place in the spring. It has outgrown Carlson’s front yard, moving to the Tri-City Riding Club in the Portage County town of Grant and attracting about 1,000 people each time he holds the one-day event.
The animals at the swap meet Saturday included pigeons, guinea hens, peacocks and dwarf goats. A sign on Carlson’s van offered a llama for sale.
Fred Hoerter, of Plover, had an assortment of pigeons for sale on Saturday. The Jacobin pigeons displayed large plumes around their heads. Next to the Jacobins were the parlor tumbler pigeons.
“You put them on the ground, and they will roll and roll,” Hoerter said pointing at the parlor tumblers. “They can’t fly.” Read full article here: