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.
“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 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.
There are times when I regret finding innocent-looking pictures with misinformation attached to them. One of those times was when I found several pictures pinned to Pinterest boards of vegan animal extremists making everyone believe that nose flaps are yet another evil of the dairy industry.
So, what is a "slaughter truck"? The answer may (or may not, depending where you come from) surprise you.
Back a few years ago the Internet blew up around a Facebook post from Vegan.com around a photo of toy truck just like that pictured here. The accompanying message simply said, "Seriously, Walmart?" The response by its followers was, unsurprisingly, that of complete outrage. One took this to Twitter, posting, "This is unimaginably disgusting. Walmart selling a toy slaughter truck. #vegan."
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.
A really interesting audio clip on a ranch research station utilizing the old Spanish Criollo cattle as a means to fight drought in an arid climate such as that in New Mexico came to my attention a few years ago. The Jornada Ranch introduced these cattle in efforts to improve rangeland and create an environment that would ideally resemble that of what the Spanish would've seen when they came over the Atlantic over 500 years ago. The advantage of using these cattle is that they are hardier and smaller than the "conventional" cattle raised in America being mostly Angus and Hereford commercial bred and cross-bred with mix of other breeds. They're also the foundation stock for the development of the well-known American breeds Texas Longhorn, Corriente, Florida Cracker and others.
The reasons I was attracted to the page with the audio clip though, was more than just that.
Range Nerd, Forage & Grazing Fanatic and a Bovine Enthusiast. A love for farming, and for the soil.
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