This week, Scientific American published an opinion piece by Leslie Irvine that detailed the fate of a 4-H goat, Cedar, in Shasta County, Calif.

At its core is the cognitive dissonance a child must deal with when they spend months feeding, training, grooming, caring and building trust with an animal they know will be sold and slaughtered following the county fair.

Traditionally, the money generated goes to a child’s college fund or some other necessary future endeavor.

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