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.
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.
I've gotten to that point in time--or maybe my life--where I just cannot go reading a study and believe it to be factually true. I honestly don't care how many authors have signed their names to it, or whether it hails from some prestigious university or not. What I care about the most is the content of the study, what it's actually saying, and what the whole context and its purpose for being published actually is.
"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!
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.
I have something to share with you all that’s going to make some people angry, and for multiple reasons.
Some are mad that this has been discovered and being publicly pointed out. Others are angry at the sheer negligence and asininity of the situation, as well as those who are in full support of it.
The former is getting angrier and desperately trying to discredit the latter for reasons that I’ll show you later. But right now, I want to tell you a little story to give you some idea of what’s going on, and what I’m actually talking about.
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."
Range Nerd, Forage & Grazing Fanatic and a Bovine Enthusiast. A love for farming, and for the soil.
Keep it civil, but don't be a jerk. Personal attacks and harassment will not be tolerated.
There's going to be a lot of heated discussions and that’s totally fine. These discussions often are about topics that we all personally care a lot about and will passionately defend. But in order for discussions to thrive here, we need to remember to criticize ideas, not people.
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