When it comes to quantifying land used for either meat production or growing "plant-based foods," things can get a little messy, and I've been finding that a lot of the information that exists out there gets misinterpreted, or just outright misunderstood. Keep this quote in mind:
"There are lies, damned lies, and statistics." -- Mark Twain
No doubt there's a lot of misinformation out there on the Interweb, so much that you just have to use the DBEY(R/S)OTI method:
Don't Believe Everything You (Read/See) On The Internet!
And as someone that likes to peruse the variety of information posted on social media and websites and such, I get to come across some odd balls that makes my head cock sideways at times. Especially when I come across a few different vegan memes that have different statistics.
Following my concerns with the Holstein cow Brianna from Skylands Animal Rescue, I thought I would bring up an old post from a couple years ago about another bovine that was also rescued... but as hinted by the title, didn't exactly die to a ripe old age. Why? Find out more below.
Don't get me wrong, I like bison near as much as the next person does. They're admirable creatures, symbolic of the Old West, and rulers of the North American grasslands. They're such large yet graceful and fast, and yes, wild animals. But unfortunately they get a bit too romanticized and held, in my personal opinion, at too high a standard so much that some misinformation gets delved out there that is, shall we say, questionable.
A while ago I had a bit of a run-in with one individual who was adamant that bison were the next best thing, so good in fact that nothing could compare, even cattle. I have to say that bison aren't perfect, as incredible and different as they are from cattle in terms of behaviour and what they eat, and there are areas in today's world were cattle actually do a better job than bison can.
Is it true that all bulls have horns, and cows never do?
Or is this a myth that has been perpetuated by those who have mistakenly assumed this is the case by what they've only been able to see in the media?
Are cows really that scary? Or is it just up to our own personal perceptions?
For myself at least, I can understand how cows (and cattle) seem rather terrifying to most people--even if I'm one who's been around cows for as long as I can remember. They're big, tall, and "completely" unpredictable.
With heads the size of a human torso, a shoulder-height of 5 to 6 feet (some taller), and hooves bigger than a man's fist, and the kind of behaviour that is anything but that similar to a dog or cat, it's not surprising that folks can get afflicted with something I tend to call "bovinophobia."
Let me ask you this: If I were to type in a Google search of the words "urban myths about cows," out of sheer curiosity what do you think would be the most common thing that would come up?
The dairy industry in particular is infamous for removing calves from their mothers soon after birth. Beef cow-calf operations do something similar, except that calves are much older.
So why is it done?
When you see a cow, just any cow, have you ever stopped and thought what type of cow that might be?
If you haven't, you should!
There are basically two main types of modern cattle that exist in the world:
There are a surprisingly large number of facts on cows and cattle that many people don't realize. I've compiled over 80 facts here that you may or may not have known previously. These are not all the facts of cows and cattle; there are many more that could be, and may be, added in the future.
I first heard of the documentary "Cowspiracy" by someone touting it on a discussion page as the "real truth" about the cattle industry. Though this was some time ago and well before I was able to see the film, out of skepticism from hearing such proclamations, I began to immerse myself in what this documentary was all about and why it was supposed to be one of the "best" films on animal agriculture out there.
Range Nerd, Forage & Grazing Fanatic and a Bovine Enthusiast. A love for farming, and for the soil.
Busting myths and misinformation, delivering the truths on some facts that the Average Joe or Jane may be concerned about, and other issues are dug up here. In this blog, you get to read my thoughts and get a whole pile of details on information on things you probably didn't know about, and should be well aware of.
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