Target: Leslie Torres, Future Farmers of America (FFA) student
Goal: Thank student for having a change of heart and allowing her lamb to be adopted rather than auctioned off for slaughter.
Like most animals raised as projects for Future Farmers of America, Lily the lamb was destined to be slaughtered after being auctioned off at the county fair. Fortunately for Lily, her owner, high school student Leslie Torres, was struck by compassion for this animal that she had raised and grown unexpectedly attached to. Realizing that she couldn’t bear the thought of Lily being killed, Torres opted to have Lily adopted rather than going through with the auction. Just in the nick of time, Torres found an animal sanctuary that would welcome Lily with open arms. Now the lucky lamb can live out the rest of her life in peace rather than face a grisly death.
Leslie Torres’ act of compassion should set an example for all Future Farmers of America students who have felt conflicted or guilty about auctioning off their animal projects. These animals are not mere commodities, but living, breathing, feeling beings, and respecting their sentience and desire to live is a truly commendable act.
Dear Ms. Torres,
I was deeply moved by your decision to save your lamb, Lily, from being auctioned off for slaughter at the Santa Barbara County Fair. No matter what other people may think, your act was truly compassionate and morally upstanding. You saved an innocent being from a needless death, and in doing so showed other Future Farmers of America that slaughter is not the only option for their animal projects.
Thank you for being a voice for kindness and mercy. Because of your actions, Lily will live a long and happy life that is denied to most farm animals like her. I hope that this experience will continue to inspire compassion and empathy in your life and in the lives of those around you.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: David Martyn Hunt