First of all I would like to introduce myself. My name is Tom Leonard. I have a wonderful wife Denise and a marvelous son Casey. We started our own farm in April of 2008. We borrowed alot of money for high priced cows to go along with the $20 milk. Thing are not so good for us now as it is with many across this nation.
On May 26th I found out about the Mercy for Animals investigation that took place at Conklin Dairy Cattle LLC. I watched the YouTube video as many of you have. At the end I had many questions. Since then I have participated in some news forums regarding the video.
The animal rights activists are a very cruel bunch of people. This is my personal opinion. I have been in debates with the most radical of people. I feel these people are out of touch with reality. However they have alot of donated funds behind them. The initiative behind the AR movment seems to be veganism. Vegans do not consume anything animal related because they feel using a animal for food is abuse and it is also exploiting the animal. Here in reality we know different.
I am 32, my wife 25, and my son is 22 months. I started my farm to make something for the next generation to take over and make their mark.
I want to create a facebook, twitter, or a website to start providing FACTS to the public. From what I have read the vegan/animal rights information is mearly propeganda/lies. This misinformation is giving us a "black eye."
As Walt said in the last issue of Progressive Dairyman "I don't think many of his industry colleagues were behind him," referring to Gary Conklin. I agree. I have been and will continue to fight for Mr. Conklin on the forums for Ohio news.
What I am asking of you is will you support a facebook/twitter site and maybe even do a little public relations work to benifit all of us in the dairy industry. Myself I am in the 8% age bracket of farmers, I am going to defend us because I plan on sticking around for a long time. I want to make the social media sites a group effort to defend ourselves from the lies that we are faced with. Please comment to let me know how many are interested so we can move on and regain our pride for this industry that we love.