There's a Guy Walking an Alpaca on a Leash Around Downtown Cleveland

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So, there have been a couple of sightings over the past couple of days of a fella walking a llama an alpaca on a leash around downtown.

See, there he is. What's he doing? (See below for a full explanation.)

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Some readers have gotten in touch to say the man is passing out cards that read "Take back our farms, food, families and freedom; justusriders.org."

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And it's not just Cleveland. He's been going city to city to spread his message. Via Chicagoist:

The man is Ethan Abbott, also known as “Ethan the Farmer,” and founder of Just Us Riders. Abbott is walking his alpaca, named Shay, on a leash around various cities to bring awareness to the corporatization of the American government and the loss of the family farm system.

Shay, who is highly-trained, was unperturbed in her sightseeing around the Windy City, even as onlookers gawked and incorrectly shouted “Look, a llama!”
Despite the fun and whimsy of bringing alpacas to the big city, Abbott has a more serious reason for traveling with farm animals: what he describes as the “corporate corruption” in government that is damaging the family farm system.

“We are rapidly being victims of hostile take over by large agricultural and chemical corporations,” Abbott told Chicagoist, “These corporations often use their close ties with the government to manipulate the law and the other officials to force small family farmers out of business, in many cases using the guise that they are ‘there to help.’”

He's apparently been spotted quite a few times recently, including this morning.




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