A 14-year-old boy from Slidell, La., recently came under fire for attempting to raffle off a cow to raise money for an educational trip.
According to Jay Vise of AM 870, Logan Ward set up a lottery to fund an $8000, 19-day trip through Great Britain, Ireland, England, Scotland, and Wales. Because his family has five other kids to worry about, they couldn’t sponsor the excursion out of their own pockets. Fortunately, a friend stepped up and offered the family a cow they could raffle off.
“We have a large family, six children, and we needed to raise funds for the trip," Scott Ward said. "We have a friend who has cattle, and she offered to give us a calf to raffle off. We thought it was a great, original idea."
The winner of the raffle will be offered two choices: either getting the cow alive, or getting it in the form of 400-600 pounds of steaks and other cuts. This way, Logan will get to go on his trip, and whoever is kind enough to sponsor it will get either a farm animal or a feast. Win-win, right?
Shortly after Logan set up a Facebook page for his contest, he was contacted by a PETA representative who wasn’t particularly enthused by this money-making idea.
The e-mail read: “It just seems a little strange to me that you feel that someone needs to die for you to go on a school trip...I feel like we can both surely agree that there are several other humane ways to fund raise these days that don’t involve a dead, chopped up corpse.”
Said rep then apparently sent Logan a link to to the "Lettuce Ladies" website, featuring photos of women wearing bikinis made of lettuce and other women wrestling in tofu.
Understandably, Logan’s parents weren’t happy with this.
"It was definitely not appropriate for a 14-year-old boy," Scott Ward said.
When approached about the matter, PETA spokesperson Jane Dollinger told Fox News: "We sent the wrong letter – this was a situation of someone moving a bit too fast."
Scott insists that after the fact, other animal activists hounded his son over the raffle as well. He says they posted "mean, spirited, hateful, vitriolic things to us on this page about me personally, my son personally, our family, what we're doing...They don't know us, but the hate coming from them is amazing."
It’s not all bad news, though. As a result of the extra attention, Logan’s drawing went viral and is now blowing up. Whereas he probably would’ve gotten the funds necessary either way, thanks to the good folks at PETA, he will definitely be able to pay for his trip.
Ed. Note: One of our readers on Facebook pointed out we had the wrong cow in the picture. Or as he kindly put it: "Thats a milk cow & not a beef cow, just so you idiots might learn the difference." Oops. Our bad.