On the last night of our county fair there is a livestock auction held, just as is the case in most counties around the country. Children take their animals to the ring one last time, knowing that their animals will then be loaded up on trailers and taken to a meat locker. It's a tough lesson to learn, but one that must be taught. It's simply the circle of life.
A word of caution: If you are a hormonal, nursing mother, whatever you do, do not walk behind the auction block.
If I had a nickel for every puffy eyed child that gave me a brave smile as they unlocked their arms from a parent's waist, I'd be rich indeed.