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?
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?
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.
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.
When you have a cow, you gotta know not only how to feed it, but what to feed it.
Does it really take more land to produce grass-finished beef versus grain-fed (feedlot)?
That's an experiment I was willing to take on that you'll read about more below. The results may surprise you.
Occasionally I run across a video--or even photo--of certain, shall we say, events that we humans put animals through that may or may not be agreeable with some folks. Typically these videos are put out by these people that purposefully try to dramatize the events that these animals go through, to create emotional rife by those who view such videos and most importantly, read the title and description that come with them.
Often the descriptions used either exaggerate what's actually going on, or only tell part of the story. That's where I come in: When I take a look at videos like these, I get to have the fun of discerning what's actually going on, and then take the time to write up something about it. As you'll see, what's actually going on with this particular video is not nearly as dramatic nor horrific as those who created it made it out to be.
"There are three kinds of lies: Lies, damn lies, and statistics." --Mark Twain.
A way of saying that you can lie and use statistics, and you can tell the truth and use statistics. With regards to this animal versus plant-base land-use argument, the use of statistics can be used to either tell the truth or exaggerate to only tell half a truth. My question is this: Is this land-use versus argument of some validity, or is it just a petty means to point fingers at something so as to avoid pointing fingers at ourselves?
Time to read more below to find out!
Range Nerd, Forage & Grazing Fanatic and a Bovine Enthusiast. A love for farming, and for the soil.
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