According to the Orange County Register, students generally spend their own time and money to purchase and care for animals through FFA programs, and they typically recoup their investments during auctions at the OC Fair.
Not all are slaughtered after they’re sold. Some are used for breeding, others to help clear unwanted brush. But the students from Fullerton Union High School didn’t want to take the chance that their animals would end up on dinner plates.
“I won’t judge other people,” Rilea Reed, 15, told the newspaper. “But I personally don’t want to do that.”
Football continues to reign as the most popular high school sport in California, but there are signs it may be losing yardage. Statewide CIF statistics indicate the total number of players has decreased by at least 2,700 every year since 2014-15.