Most importantly, he said, he's realized that animals are just like us, and he and his mother have decided to go vegan as a result. "She's just like any type of animal or person," he said of Lola.
Pell echoed Bruno, noting that what makes FFA, and other programs like it, so tragic is that it teaches children to become desensitized. "They're coming to understand them [the animals] as they understand their dogs and cats - that they're thinking, feeling beings - and then they're sending them off to slaughter," she explained.
And the damage is even more hurtful to the animals, who are on the receiving end of what Pell described as "the ultimate betrayal."