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Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 8:41 am | Updated: 2:43 pm, Wed Oct 9, 2019.

A heated Q and A session occurred at Morehead State University about animal cruelty.

A debate ensued after animal rights activist and vegan Jenny Brown gave her presentation to MSU students about the cruelty some farm animals face on Tuesday October 9, 2019 in Breckinridge Hall.

“I understand where the farmers and ag students are coming from because you know I’m challenging their belief systems and their livelihoods, and we need to consider the livelihoods of farmers,” said Brown, a graduate of Columbia College.

During More Than "Meats" the Eye, Brown stated statistics and norms along with the video about the lack of “moral consideration” that farm animals are given.

More Than Meats the Eye by Jenny Brown
Trudi and Erik Lewis grimace at a video shown during Jenny Brown's, an animal rights activist, presenation More Than Meats the Eye about the cruelty done to farm animals on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 in Morehead, Ky. Photo by Makayla Holder / The Trail Blazer By Makayla Holder

“Although the vegan ethic is often a position seen as extreme it’s really just a natural extension of things that we believe in so deeply, justice compassion, fairness,” said Jenny Brown, a Louisville native.

Roughly 15 agricultural students and faculty came to share their industry’s views on the topic.

“We love the agriculture industry and we wanted to come and give our point of view on behalf of it," said Brittany Brewer, a junior agricultural education major. "No industry is perfect and there are always to perfect it and make it better."

The discussion ended up leaving both parties feeling attacked.

“Her view points were jaded in a way that was kinda forcing the audience to listen to only her view point and she even told me that I had rationalized my views and that just didn’t sit right with me,” said Emily Chesser, a junior pre-veterinary major.

Brown was supported by other students, faculty and members of the community. They thanked her for planting a seed of knowledge and joined in when the debate occurred.

The main topic all parties agreed on is the importance of having these controversial conversations.

More Than Meats the Eye by Jenny Brown
Ron Morrisn, a Morehead native, takes notes during Jenny Brown's, an animal rights activist, presenation More Than Meats the Eye about the cruelty done to farm animals on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 in Morehead, Ky. Photo by Makayla Holder / The Trail Blazer By Makayla Holder

“I think it is always important to clear the air where people are ignorant and the animal industry is an area in particular where most people don’t know a lot about it,” said Kelsey Ball, a astrophysics major and vegan.