You can buy, sell or trade almost everything these days. Except your little sister, trust me, I tried when I was five. That'll get you sent to time-out.
Buying online is a quick and easy way to have access to a whole world of products and services. If you've gotten anything online, I'm sure you checked out the seller and read the reviews. You've researched the product and you have made sure to use every coupon possible to avoid paying the ridiculous shipping and handling. Black Friday deals loom in the immediate future and Cyber Monday is right around the corner. There's one toy on Walmart's shelves this holiday season that anti-agriculture activists claim promotes murder.
Ryan Goodman, author of the blog "Agriculture Proud," informed readers, Nov. 19, about a petition on change.org demanding Walmart remove an ERTL Big Farm 1:32 Peterbilt Model 579 Semi with Livestock Trailer from its shelves. The petition states, "Please ask C. Douglas Mcmillion CEO of Walmart to stop selling toy slaughter trucks in Walmart stores. Normalizing the enslavement and murder of animals to kids is not ok."
As of Monday, Nov. 23, there were 12,836 e-signatures on the petition.
"Often these trailers are used to move cattle across long distances, between summer and winter pastures, between farms and other destinations," Goodman posted. "Yes, they are also used to haul cattle to the slaughterhouse."
The ag community has since taken to social media to turn this stab at the industry into something positive. If you visit the toy's rating, you'll find recent positive reviews. WayOutWest gave the toy a five-star rating and said, "Realistic truck & trailer. See how livestock is transported from pasture to pasture in a safe & secure way." CTony in another five-star review said, "I love it. As a farmer, it's great to see toys that support the farming livestock industry."
Walmart stores in Boonville, Marshall and Sedalia are completely sold out of the product.
Another positive push from the social media agvocates includes a Farm Toys for Tots campaign that aims to purchase the featured trailer and other farm-related toys for children in need through online donations. Their initial goal was to raise $5,000. As of Monday, Nov. 23, the GoFundMe page has $6,195 raised by 177 people in four days. Visit Farm Toys for Tots Facebook page for more information.
I have some advice for the supporters of the change.org petition. You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout I'm telling you why. The agriculture community is coming to town (to buy-out as many farm toys as possible.)
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