There is a far-too common claim floating around the Internet--I'll leave you to hazard a guess from whom and where this came--about:
[Vitamin] B12 in meat is from supplements given to cows... so why not just take [Vitamin B12 as a supplement] directly, anyway?
When I read into this oft-mentioned quote, I see three other arguments that pop out which attempt to support this claim. For one, there's the assumption that cows need to be supplemented with Vitamin B12; two, that cows are regularly and often supplemented with Vitamin B12; and finally, as the quote above obviously states, meat comes from animals that were supplemented with Vitamin B12 therefore it's better to "cut out the middleman" by not eating meat and taking Vitamin B12 supplements directly instead.
But how truthful is this claim? Is it completely false, or is there some element of truth to it?
There's only one way to find out!
Funny thing: Have you ever stopped to wonder about whether most people even know what a ruminant is, what it does, or even what it contributes to this planet?
Bovine reproduction. It's a topic that many are not familiar with. It's also a topic that has been a source where many facts have been readily misconstrued--deliberately created by extremist groups with a clear agenda of ending all forms of raising domesticated animals--in order to coerce the ignorant urbanized public into believing that certain management practices involving the plumbing of the back end of a mammalian farm animal are cruel, inhumane, barbaric, and even worse, some perverted form of non-consensual sexual violation.
You've been warned. The following will contain some explicit sexual details that may be offensive to some. Reader's discretion is advised, unless you're super keen to learn about some real truths about bovine reproductive physiology and artificial insemination that no vegan could ever teach you about!
I'm confused. I thought cows were supposed to be some sort of colloquial term encapsulating all bovines, but then I get this meme telling me to, "go vegan," after reading about how beef steers get raped and children murdered to produce milk for me... are these some special kind of transgender, hermaphrodite bovines, or is the person who created such a meme really that clueless about basic bovine anatomy and cattle production?
While I normally don't get all that much into veganism thing, I thought I'd say a short little piece on this whole Veganuary thing.
It’s no wonder people think cows are bad.
This was the light bulb that came on after listening to a couple podcasts where there was some discussion over cow size, and it’s attribution to the current agricultural system today. It’s funny how the more I think about these things, the more I see how a lot of the dots start connecting with each other.
Recently in the news there was some video footage captured of a bison bull tossing a nine-year-old child into the air at Yellowstone National Park. She sustained some injuries according to some of the news reports, but otherwise is physically fine. Mentally though, I wouldn't doubt that she's still very shaken up from the encounter.
What went wrong, though, and why? Could this have been prevented, and if so, how? What lessons can we all learn from this?
I'm always surprised, yet not all that surprised, about the general public's negative perception towards cattle.
“There’s no such thing as humane slaughter; it’s not humane nor ethical to kill an animal that doesn’t want to die.”
I ask you to ponder this, then: Is it really immoral to kill an animal, or is it more immoral to not kill an animal? Is humane slaughter truly a myth, or is it?
The answers may (or may not) surprise you.
Even on a TV show, you’d think a farm sanctuary would know better than to treat their animals like they’re deaf, dumb, insensible creatures.
Range Nerd, Forage & Grazing Fanatic and a Bovine Enthusiast. A love for farming, and for the soil.
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