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Peaceful Protest at Longstreet Farm, Holmdel

Why allow the slaughter of Longstreet Farm animals? Why use our tax dollars to pay for the breeding of display animals to end up in a local slaughterhouse.

The Friends of Longstreet Farm Animals celebrated the 4th of July by staging a peaceful protest speaking out against Longstreet's breeding of animals such as sheep, cows, pigs and chickens for public viewing and then sending them off to be slaughtered when no longer cute or useful.

Longstreet Farm is part of the Monmouth County Park System, public land, not a private farm.

In the case of the most recent pig litter, 13 piglets were born the day before Valentine's Day, February 13, 2012, with only six surviving. These six curious and feisty little animals , after amusing the public for the past four months will be "sold " to a "farmer" who will probably keep them till they are a little bigger and then slaughtered.

To make this St. Valentine's Day Massacre complete , the Park employees were also going to sell for slaughter  the mother of the litter, since she was no longer believed to be hearty enough to give birth.

Thankfully, The Association of Humane Societies stepped in and rescued Poisy, the mother pig. However her babies were are not so lucky and may have already gone on the death train.

This is not about eating meat or not eating meat but about our tax  dollars and responsible management.

Contact James J, Truncer, Park Secretary (732) 842-4000 ext. 4215 and tell him to have the employees at Longstreet stop breeding animals,let the animals live out their normal life span -- and at the same time save our money!

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Mary Ann Cavallaro July 09, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Jeff C. Spending $350K to raise over 50 animals and then kill about one third each year because they are no longer entertaining and at the same time supporting private business with these tax dollars is a waste of money and time poorly spent. My point about the Arts and Crafts , it's nice but calling Longstreet an "Educational Institution" is a miss use of words. Regarding education, learning about animal compassion might make for a better individual, whether you care to eat meat or not. Updating Longstreet's practice is what my blog is about. Updating is the very opposite of closing something down. Obviously change is very hard for a lot of people.
George F July 09, 2012 at 02:19 AM
They would spend $350k whether they sold the piglets or not... They are not spending $350k to raise piglets to sell for $2k! They are spending $350k to run a farm that serves the community, for EDUCATIONAL purposes and enjoyment. You're argument is making no sense. In the same comment you are saying it's not about closing the farm down and then saying it's a waste of money. You either care about the animals or not! It sounds like you are more obsessed about the $350k being spent. There clearly seems to be motives outside of saving some piglets from slaughter!
Michael Nikolis July 09, 2012 at 04:56 AM
Mary Ann, let us assume you're right.. The pigs, sheep, cows, mules, horses and chickens should be adopted to their forever homes and live happily ever after as pets.. The staff (actors) should be laid off and the antique farm equipment (stage props) sold.. The barns, houses and sheds (theater) should be torn down. As soon as possible, we should petition the Monmouth County Freeholders to sell the entire park and farm to Somerset Properties so Ralph Zucker can build 268 age restricted homes with sewers because we're 'updating' the property.. Then our ratables will go up and our taxes down.. But we shouldn't stop there.. Since, as you claim, farms are a thing of the past and our children can't learn anything from them.. We should eliminate funding for all public libraries, too.. Every child has an ipad and internet access, so why should we waste tax dollars on smelly old libraries and books? Then, we should move to shut down the firehouses.. They too are a thing of the past.. It's 2012.. We all have garden hoses and smoke alarms, so why should our tax dollars buy fire trucks? Your statement that everything taught is not universally accepted by all parents is true.. Public Schools & Teachers? Total waste of tax money.. But, as you say, this has nothing to do with ideology, rather we are trying to save money & lower our taxes... Right?
Robert Hilton July 09, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Just another glowing example of how out of control and sorely in need of reform J Edgar Truncer and his reign of real estate terror truely are. 30 grand a month plus the loss of prime ratable shocks the conscience! This operation makes as much sense as the 7 acres of prime oceanfront property he took off the tax rolls through eminent domain in North Long Branch to create the skate board track and appease the Surfers' Rights movement down there! - What's Happened To America!
PAT July 09, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Madam - please direct your free time and energy to saving your fellow man first. I think before you try to change Longstreet Farm, you should consider helping the poor and homeless in the county in which you taxes. When you eradicate this then feel free to help the piglets at Longstreet. I am tired of reading about people like yourself who seem to value the quality of life of a pig, etc over human beings.
gongshow22 July 09, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Most children who visit the farm would be horrified to know that the little piglet they pet today is sent to slaughter tomorrow. Don't breed what you can't handle. This is not a regular farm where animals should be sent to slaughter. It is a community farm where visitors come to see the animals and see how the farm works. When one of the horses there got too old, they didn't slaughter it. They found a home for it. FYI, this has nothing to do with valuing an animal over a human.
So Much to Say July 09, 2012 at 03:05 PM
@Michael Nikolis VERY WELL SAID, maybe she should focus her efforts on picketing puppy mills!!
Ellen Montemarano Lomonaco July 09, 2012 at 04:23 PM
How did arts & craft get into this discussion? My daughter and I have been to Longstreet Farm many times over the past 10 years and have never done any arts & crafts. We have seen how fields were once sowed, sheep were sheared, cows were milked, etc. We have also seen the blacksmith in action and toured the historic home. I found it very educational and enriching. The animals are treated well while at the farm, as far as I can see. It is not a petting zoo, -- The only animals my daughter has ever touched as the cows she has milked and one of the horses -- It is a historical, working farm so I don’t understand why anyone would be surprised that the animals are raised and killed for their meat. That is what happens at farms. I don’t know exactly how the $350K is allocated, since I have only access to the general parks report, which is not broken down. But I am sure the money goes toward more than just the animals. There are several historic homes, barns and other structures, as well as plows, sleighs and other horse-drawn machinery and vehicles on the property, and I am sure their upkeep must be paid for. They also have many free demonstrations that must be paid for, such as threshing demonstration this weekend, woodworking, rug making (both in August) as well as the harvest festival in September, to name just a few.
gongshow22 July 09, 2012 at 07:50 PM
She has a right to put her time towards what she feels is wrong. It is humans who have put us in the mess we're in right now.
jerseyswamps July 09, 2012 at 10:39 PM
So you believe most children are stupid? They have no idea the hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken nuggets they love come from slaughtered animals? A big surprise to them, right? Say how YOU feel but don't say most children because you have no idea how most children would feel.
ken mayer July 09, 2012 at 10:59 PM
sorry but a farm is that. a farm. if you don't want your child to know the truth about a farm then bring them to the popcorn zoo. farming is farming. weather it be corn, tomatoes, or animals. they are places where things are grown for human consumtion. do any of you know how much it cost's to raise an animal? food for 1 pig about 20$ a month plus shots, heat, water,vet bills. their are way too many overlooked things to the common person who just go to the meat dept when they are hungry
cmayo July 10, 2012 at 11:35 AM
I am saddened by this article. Not because I agree with it: I am all for teaching our children how life used to be in the colonial era and how modern small farmers still raise animals for food. I am saddened by the bias in this article, especially with the comparison to the St Valentine's Day Massacre. Farm animals are not humans and do not have the rights and privileges of humans, George Orwell notwithstanding.
Mischa July 10, 2012 at 12:47 PM
I am also saddened by so many of the comments - not because of the comparisons but because of the inhumanity and less than caring attitudes conveyed. We are truly a lost species if we don't feel compassion for not only people but for those who cannot make choices for themselves. Just because we have "dominion" over the creatures of the earth does not give us the right to abuse, neglect or be callous. Some of the rebuttals are absolutely insulting and really mean spirited. Just because one stands up and speaks out or feels strongly over an unjustice does not make them any less sympathetic to the needs of human beings. In fact, you will find that these folks who do not turn a deaf ear to the needs of all creatures are probably the kind of person you would want as a neighbor and a friend.
Johnson Johnston July 10, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Ms. Cavallero says that "she owns property in Holmdel". She doesn't say if she lives there. The farm is in Holmdel. I wonder how close her property is to the farm. There is a reason why she is concerned and I'm not so sure it's so well intentioned.
Mischa July 10, 2012 at 01:33 PM
I happen to know her personally and she is very well intentioned and caring. This has nothing to do with proximity to the park/farm. I would love to live by the park, it's beautiful. Why would you question motive and why can't a person express concern without being attacked?
Michael Nikolis July 10, 2012 at 03:15 PM
It is Mary Ann's motives and goals for Holmdel Park and Longstreet Farm that some of us feel we have a responsibility to defend against. The vast majority of people living in Holmdel are of the opinion that Holmdel Park and Longstreet Farm is a benign & peaceful place, to be left alone and enjoyed by the generations that come after us. The harassment and intimidation that has fallen upon the innocent and hard working employees of Longstreet Farm is disgusting, in my opinion.. These 'peaceful' protesters goal is to shut down the farm under the guise of animal cruelty. Sadly, there are places where inhumane treatment of animals is real.. Longstreet Farm is not among them. Kindly, focus your efforts on funding the Monmouth County SPCA and the Humane Society.. They are in desperate need of help.
HolmdelResident July 10, 2012 at 04:13 PM
you question the motive because the concern is clearly unfounded, and yet the person still clings to this misguided opinion. so if the opinion is still held in the face of overwhelming evidence....you must ask - what is this REALLY about ... taxes, animal safety, or just a single person's misdirected anger?! it is inappropriate to assume that all of the $350,000 goes directly to funding the support of JUST the farm animals. that's a gross accusation, and clearly not well-thought out. take the time to think about what you're arguing here, mary ann it is then asinine to argue we are 'repaying' these farm animals for their educational value with being sold to be used as food. the purpose of farms is the same, whether in the 1800s or now. where do you think your meat from the supermarket comes from? it does not matter that longstreet farm exists mainly for educational purposes. it would be fiscally irresponsible to 'give away' such assets as the pigs and other animals on the farm. NOW, if you are willing to purchase the animals yourself, when they have outgrown their purpose on the farm, i think we are then seeing a 'win-win' situation. you have 'saved the animals' and longstreet farm and recouped what resources they can from their assets.
So Much to Say July 10, 2012 at 04:26 PM
For Gods sake this is a farm. What do people think happens on a farm? My opinion is this is silly. Leave the farm and it's employees alone. Find something more worth while to picket about. How about puppy mills and the stores that buy from puppy mills? Monmouth County have several with questionable origins of the animals (AMISH PUPPY MILLS). Now that I gave you a more sensible thing to do with your time....Picket away!!!!
Mischa July 10, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Apparently the efforts of the group and supporting comments hit a nerve because you "protest too much". Unless you have done an investigation, how could you contend that her statements are false? Of course rather than countering with documentation, you name call and make accusatory statements about other's motives but what are your motives exactly? So if someone doesn't agree with an opposing opinion, you go into the attack mode. Very interesting responses. Also, you have no idea what other people do for the community and therefore I'm sure you would deem any humane action as "inappropriate". It is insulting to assume that one does not support other causes, which you would probably deem unnecessary like "save the children, World Wildlife Fund, Oceana, ASPCA, Gulf War Foundations, 9-11 funds" or whatever charitable and human efforts a person may choose to follow. Oh and P.S. as stated above - you do not speak for the "vast majority of Holmdel Residents" unless you have conducted a poll - which probably isn't a bad idea.
Mischa July 10, 2012 at 04:40 PM
So Much to Say - I haven't said one thing about the farm except that Ms. Cavallaro and Friends of Longstreet Farm have the right to their opinion. What I absolutely object to is the accusatory tone and downright meaness of some of the commenters. They are just terrible. By the way, I would be happy to help shut down these horrid puppy mills.
John de la Parra July 10, 2012 at 05:53 PM
I think kids (and adults for that matter) need to know the truth about where their food comes from. Longstreet is a farm-- it keeps and breeds farm animals that the vast majority of us eat everyday. There is no reason why these farm animals should not be responsibly and humanely managed and slaughtered for food.
Michael Nikolis July 10, 2012 at 07:22 PM
No, the cruelty and insults come from those who verbally harass the sweet and innocent old ladies at Longstreet Farm by labeling them murderers and using words that equate the farming activities there to the Holocaust... My motives have been clear: Hands off Longstreet Farm and Holmdel Park. Stop puppy mills. Donate to the Monmouth County SPCA and Humane Society.
Mischa July 10, 2012 at 07:55 PM
I don't think so Mr. Nikolis. Too bad you can't have a civil discussion. You, in fact, sound like the bully. I stopped by the park that day with some family/friends, as I am a Holmdel resident who frequents the park. If you saw the peaceful demonstration you would know that no one bothered the ladies (which would be highly disturbing) and that the group was cordoned off in a small section - for which they had a permit as I understand. All they did was hand out flyers. What are you doing to help Longstreet Farms, Stop Puppy Mills, etc. Probably nothing but talk a big game. Get your facts straight - you have no right or basis to direct anyone except yourself. Discussion is Over. To all others - sorry to stoop to his level. Have a great day.
Thomas Scarano July 10, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Mischa: discussion over? Because you stomp your feet and throw a temper tantrum?
Eve July 11, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Sorry, but I do not think that the discussion is over just because one of the sides said that it is. I would like to clear up a few things mentioned in this discussion: 1) Mary Ann Cavallaro does own a property in Holmdel (thank you, DataUniverse!), and this property is not close to the park, as someone suggested, so I do not see some hidden sinister real estate-related motive in her crusade. My apologies for mentioning that Mary Ann is not from this county. I am not sure if Holmdel is her primary residence, but she is definitely a Holmdel taxpayer. 2) Mischa, if you are a Holmdel resident, you must know who Mr. Nikolis is, his name is in the local papers quite often. He is doing more for the community than most of us. 3) I do not see an "attack mode" in the posts that defend the farming practices. We are just concerned about the possible side effects of all the feel-good protesting on a beloved local institution.
Mischa July 11, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Mr. Scarano - Of course not. I just meant my portion of the discussion is over. Please have a wonderful day. Peace, love and kindness to all.
Michael Nikolis July 11, 2012 at 10:15 PM
In foreign countries, like Brooklyn, we'd be yelling and cursing obscenities at each other with poor grammar.. Here, we have spirited civil debates.. If you come back, I'll list the animals we've saved at Longstreet Farm and how we saved them.. Not really a bully.. Just a Holmdel resident who believes Longstreet Farm and Holmdel Park should be left alone and free of politics..
James Royce July 12, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Perhaps most of the objectors to selling farm animals for slaughter have never lived and worked on a real life farm where lives depended on farming. During the 1940s I lived on a large farm in Ohio, and we lived off ALL the food the farm produced. One learned not to become too fond of cows, chickens, pigs, sheep,, etc., because pretty soon you would be eating them. Dogs and cats were exempt, because they were "farm hands." Simulating a real farm should require duplicating all aspects of one.
Aaron Schaffhausen July 12, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Why do you people insist on anthropomorphizing animals? They do not have feelings. You people are all crazy. How about all the poor crack babies in Asbury? Why don't you save them. I think someone read charlotte’s web too many times.
Aaron Schaffhausen July 12, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Holmdel park is a monmouth county park, Who cares what the residents of holmdel think? Maybe holmdel should finish replacing those gas pipes and fix the roads leave the park to the county. Those poor crack babies in asbury park have just as much right to eat some home cooked monmouth county bacon mary ann, nick and the skipper too.

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