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 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.
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?
What goes through your mind when you see a video like this?
Many people ask the same question when they see a dairy cow having a milk machine attached to her body:
Are you hurting a cow by milking her?
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 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.
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.
Range Nerd, Forage & Grazing Fanatic and a Bovine Enthusiast. A love for farming, and for the soil.
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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.
So, remember to avoid: