The Kansas Pork Association, Kansas Soybean Commission, Kansas Corn and Kansas Farm Bureau are working to support Kansas pig farmers by placing a billboard celebrating bacon in Great Bend. The billboard, which went up on December 18, provides a positive image of the pork industry following a truck accident in the area in which several pigs were killed. 

Following the incident, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a Washington, D.C.-based group, announced plans to place a billboard in the area that proclaims, “I’m ME, Not MEAT. See the Individual. Go Vegan.”
“This was an unfortunate accident; however, this is taking things to the extreme,” said Art Sauder, a Great Bend pig farmer and chairman of the Kansas Pork Association.

As farmers, we are committed to providing the best in safety and health for the animals, Sauder said. We do understand that we are in an era when more people are asking about farming and are more concerned with animal welfare, he said.

“We welcome the questions,” Sauder said.  “It provides an opportunity for us to tell our story,” he added.

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