The cows and ducks were angry, they realized much of the farmer’s resources were being provided to the horses and the sheep, and, well, the cows and ducks became indignant and began to protest: “Cows have been disparaged too long, we demand a set of Cow’s rights that gives us equal treatment, and the Ducks want rights too. We are joining together to fight for both Cow and Duck rights. We don’t want much more, we just want our fair share.”
But the horses were worried. Talking in the west field, they said “But the cows eat more than everyone else already, how can they be under provisioned?” “Isn’t this a privilege being given to them, not a right? I thought rights were equal for all the farm animals? Why do the cows and ducks get extra just for whining about it? What is the justification? Will they do more work in return? ”
The ruling pigs saw the opportunity to “create unity” so they did: They agreed to support Cow and Duck Rights, giving them each 10% more rations to keep them happy, to make them feel equal. Running low on feed, they borrowed more seed corn from next year’s seed storage, and more from the food supply, to give extra feed to the sheep, the largest group of animals, with the demand that the sheep help bully the horses, to shout down the horses’ complaints. They quickly agreed.
At the next community discussion, the cows fired back at the horses’ reasonable questions: “we can’t help it if we eat more” they shouted, and they tried a new tactic: “Why do you all hate cows and ducks?” The sheep joined in, “Yeah, you all hate cows and ducks, get out of the barn, go away.” They all laughed at the horses with victorious “ba-a-a-ah, ba-a-a-ah” and “quack quack” and “moo moo moo moo” antics, so no true debate about the merit of the new rights was ever possible. The cow and duck privileges to get more food were successfully veiled as rights, and laughter and hate-mongering cries were used to block the exposure of the lie.
Shamed, the horses quieted and gave up. They had been painted as anti-cow, and anti-duck, and the sheep joined in with the mob shouts of hate accusations, so they walked away. The issue was closed.
The pigs smiled at the unity they created.
When the cows asked for another 10% of feed a few months later, the horses didn’t even bother to ask about the pigs taking from next years seedcorn and feed stock to feed them all. They just stayed quiet and realized they’d be called haters if they objected and told to shut up, so they sullenly slunked away after hearing the news.