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The Abusive Farmer is the main antagonist of the 1936 classic Betty Boop cartoon "Be Human", an early example of animal welfare (1920s).
He was voiced by the late Jack Mercer.
The Abusive Farmer is a cruel man who physically abuses his animals in many violent ways (from whipping his dog repeatedly to punching a cow in the face and hitting a chicken to the point its feathers fly off) and mocks Betty Boop for berating him over his brutal ways.
Eventually, Betty has no choice but to call Grampy, who captured the Abusive Farmer and locked him in an elaborate trap designed to teach him the errors of his ways: in the end, the Abusive Farmer is broken and declares he will change his ways, though it is highly unlikely that he stayed true to his promise.
- The cartoon was originally banned due to the graphic violence portrayed, both by the Abusive Farmer and in his poetic punishment.