This is an opinion brought to you by a rancher, who knows quite a few other ranchers and dairy farms.
I recently watched a documentary called Earthlings, which gets praised on a lot in the Vegan, animal rights, and animal welfare tags.
This documentary is complete, biased, exaggerated, and twisted bullshit (At least when it comes to beef and dairy, which is what I’m talking about)
It opens on beef with branding, showing an animal being hot ironed on the face. In my state, you cannot register to brand a cow on a face. In fact, the face is the least common branding site available, as it can damage the cow’s jaw and make it difficult for her to eat. The most common branding site is the hip, rib, and shoulder, but the documentary simply says, cows are branded on their face.
Does it say why? No. Because obviously we scar our animals for fun, right? Cattle don’t have microchips like a dog. If your dog gets stolen, you can usually find it because of it’s Microchipped. Cows don’t have that. Cows are so expensive, they’re like gold, so often Ranchers brand their cattle. If a cow has a brand, she cannot be sold without the brand owner’s authorization, meaning, someone can not steal young, healthy animals from my pasture, and sell them for slaughter.
Next they go on to dehorning, stating that it is cruel, painful, and often done with simple pliers. HAaha.
If I have an animal, I don’t want to ruin it by painfully tearing off it’s horns. This animal will never let me touch it again!
Most cattle, and I DO mean most, are dehorned either as calves (Less painful, not remembered), or have a shot to numb the area at the base of the horn before it’s CUT off, not YANKED off. This way, the cow can still be handled.
Does the documentary say WHY cattle are dehorned? Does it mention that a cow with horns is a danger to itself, humans, and other animals? No? Of course not!
Beef cattle are not stuffed into trailers until it’s so full the animals die. This makes absolutely no sense. If the animals die before they reach the sale ring or slaughter house, no paycheck for you! You make less money if the animals die before slaughter.
Nothing the documentary covers is explained why. WHY do they do that? It’s biased. It makes it seem like ranchers and farmers WANT to hurt their cattle. They don’t. Most of us get attached to our cows. It exaggerates EVERYTHING
According to the documentary, Dairy cattle are CHAINED to their stalls, in their own feces, with no water or food, pumped full of hormones to make them milk more. Wrong.
A dairy barn consists of a long isle down the middle of the barn, with a large alley on each side for the cattle. The cattle can walk down the main alley, or lay in a padded stall. They can stick their head through railings to eat food specially mixed to meet all their needs, or drink water. Dairy barns, because they produce milk that MUST be clean, cannot milk a cow pumped full or hormones and chemicals, and clean their barns daily to avoid bacteria. WOW! It’s almost like we take care of our animals so they produce! WHO KNEW?
Most dairy cattle are allowed to graze in a pasture with their calves, until they’re milked in the morning and the evening. Others keep their cows in a well airated barn. Calves are removed to avoid injury! Calves are often kept it smaller pens, with calf huts, pads, soft bedding, and even blankets! It is counter productive to not care for a calf. A calf is your future cow! Dairy farmers feed them the highest quality milk so the calves grow into strong, productive animals.
Dieing cows are not left in the isles. If a cow begins to appear sick, a vet is called. Simple as that.
The documentary states that a cow’s lifespan can reach 20. WRONG. at the age of 8 or 9, a cow starts to lose her teeth. If you kept a cow alive until 20 she would be malnourished and miserable, unable to eat. The average cow lives until 8 or 9, at which point they are sold. It would be cruel to keep an animal who cannot eat or fulfill it’s own needs.
Cows do not, on average, die at FOUR YEARS OLD because of exhaustion! Four years, at almost any dairy or ranch you visit, is a cow in her PRIME! We do not run our animals to death. We do NOT torture them.
You don’t eat meat? Great! Do your thing! Eat your veggies! That’s fine! But don’t make me out to be devilspawn if I eat meat. Don’t make me out to be cruel, (As stated by the documentary, as cruel as hitler to the jews), because I raise cattle. Fuck. You.
The shit thing about that documentary is it preys on people who have never been on a farm or dairy. If you’ve never been to one, it’s easy to believe things like this. If I made a documentary about how vegans grew their food, and showed it to people who have never met Vegans, or seen how crops are grown, I could easily exaggerate and make Veganism seem horrible, like this documentary does to livestock owners.
Please stop hating on ranchers and farmers. Please?
Signal boost because I’m tired of seeing people on this website base all of their “learnings” on farm life through biased cumentaries. Read it. Learn it.
I used to spend every weekend on my friends dairy farm as a kid. It’s NOTHING like the vegan documentaries suggest.
“As stated by the documentary, as cruel as hitler to the jews”
this is why I fucking hate vegans
I AM NOT A FUCKING ANIMAL
STOP COMPARING ME TO ONE
Ohhh, Tumblr. The only place I thought I’d be free from meat eaters ignorance. Nahh, how naive I was!
Yep, let’s treat conscious thinking animals as products. Just like we did a couple hundred years ago with humans. But cows don’t talk, so that’s okay, they probably like to be kept in closed barns, serving human kind.
Humans, btw, didn’t eat as much meat thousands years ago, cuz yo know, is hard to hunt.
Oh yeah, and livestock is the main reason the Amazon Forest is being deforested. And also produces a lot of CO2 to fuck up our planet even more. But well, what you gonna do, meat is sooo tasty, right?
I bet if I fry your mothers, they’ll taste good too. Better look after them, imagine if vegans start to think just like you, meat eaters?
And the massive fields used to grow crops doesn’t result in habitat lost or the deaths of thousands of animals, either.
hahahahahaha oh shit.
You can google it. Main reasons Amazon forest is being deforested: soy production and to create fields for livestock.
Main destiny of soy produced in Brazil: to feed livestock in other countries.
THERE YOU GO.
So congrats, when you eat meat, you not only kill cows, but also wild animals through the destruction of the Amazon.
and FYI, if all the crops were being used to feed people instead of cattle, there would be a lot more food and a lot less habitat destruction.
(cuz, you know, cows eat a lot more than humans do. And killing a cow, you feed less humans than you would feed if you’d have spend that food you spent on the cow with humans)
2. I’ve still found nothing that states that the main goal of Brazil’s soy is to feed livestock in other countrys
3. I’ve been searching for at least an hour now, still nothing on it.
Soy feeds lots of other things besides cattle. Soy is /rarely/ chosen as a base diet for cattle. Soy and corn can be difficult to digest. Diary are commonly fed chopped hay, Silage, with some cracked corn and protein. Sometimes the rancher mixes in soy, but only to complete the diet.
4. Cattle cause less habitat loss. In a pasture, cattle can only graze the grass so much until the rancher removes them. At this point, the pasture is native land, untouched besides the short grass and fence surrounding it. In places where I live, in the plains, deer, badgers, foxes, coyotes, native birds, gophers, mice, hawks, owls, the rare eagle, prong-horn antelope, snakes, and turtles, all thrive in the cattle pasture.
Turtles, frogs, and amphibians can live unharmed in rivers and lakes, even if cattle live around them (Although they can still do this if the pasture is farmland)
Native birds still have trees to nest in and places to live. There are still native grasses for them to use for their nests.
Deer still have trees to rest in and native grasses to forage around, and bushes and brush to nibble.
Badgers, gophers, mice, and snakes can continue to live in burrows. They can live unaffected year-round, even when the cattle are present.
Eagles, hawks, and owls, now have all the above to hunt year-round if they chose
Same with coyotes and foxes. Although, I do realize that Ranching does affect them worse then those above, because ranchers will shoot them for fear of their animals being harmed.
Now, if pasture were converted into land for growing crops? Lets see.
Nothing could live in a burrow anymore, the land would be cultivated. Anything in it’s burrow is caught in the machine and ripped apart, or escapes and has to find a new home elsewhere
Deer. I think deer would thrive in that environment. I mean, they would have plants and grains galore to choose from. Except they can’t eat it or else humans don’t get it. Deer would turn to a rancher’s coyote or fox, a pest, and they would be shot.
Native birds would be gone
Hawks, Owls, and eagles would be gone with no trees to roost in
Coyotes and foxes would hunt and deplete whatever deer population was left.
This is only rough, maybe things would go /completely/ different, but at least cattle pastures don’t completely destroy the patch of land they’re on. But maybe that’s different in brazil, which it probably is, and I’m sorry for that.
6. If all the crops used to feed cattle were given to humans, humans would wonder what the farmers were doing wrong.
Because most of what’s given to cattle is NOT okay for humans to eat!
There are corns grown specifically for cattle to eat! That are low in quality, grow cheaply and quickly! But they taste horrible. This corn is either combined and ‘cracked’ for cattle to digest easier, or completely chopped up, stalks and all, for the cattle. One ten-acre field of silage can feed a heard of ten cows for /MONTHS/.
Cows don’t only eat grain. Beef cattle live most of their live eating native grasses. In areas where it’s warm all year, they eat it year round. In areas where it’s not warm all year, they eat it year round.Farmers harvest large fields of native grasses. The grass is left sit for sometimes several years as the grass grows before farmers cut and bale it. THIS is what the cattle eat over the winter.
sometimes cattle are given mineral. There Is soy in this. However, for a herd of 80 cattle, usually one bag of mineral per month will work, and the bag is only 30 pounds.
Wait, did I mention most soy and human grade corn given to cattle are the hulls and leftovers companies can’t sell? That’s where our local dairy gets theirs. They also feed their cattle grain distillers.
So no, I don’t think giving humans a bunch of grass would feed them better then the cow who grew on it.
Not gonna read everything right now, because I have to go to sleep! But I’ll try to do that tomorrow. In the meanwhile, I don’t how you didn’t find anything, it literally took me less than 5 minutes to find this:
”Seventy-five percent of Brazil’s greenhouse gas emissions are the result of deforestation and changes in land use to pave the way for production of livestock and crops. Brazil’s greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture have increased 41 percent between 1990 and 2005. Cattle are a major factor for these emissions. (…) Brazil’s cattle and soy production are concentrated in the Legal Amazon and Cerrado grasslands regions, and have resulted in considerable biodiversity loss, deforestation, andwater pollution. As of 2007, about 74 million cattle, or 40 percent of Brazil’s herd, were living in what is known as the “Legal Amazon.” Almost a million square km (386,000 sq mi), or nearly half of the Cerrado, have been burned and are now cattle pasture, or are cultivated for soybeans, corn (both primary ingredients in livestock feed), and sugarcane, for ethanol production. " Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agriculture_in_Brazil