Massive

“The mass of humans – the sum of the body weights of all 7.5 billion people on Earth – now comprises 32% of the total mass of all vertebrates (mammals, reptiles, birds and amphibians) on land. Our domesticated animals, such as cattle, pigs and sheep, comprise another 65%. That is, humans and our domesticates comprise 97% of the mass of all terrestrial vertebrates – leaving only 3% for all of the Earth’s wild terrestrial vertebrates.”

Hell of an obesity problem.

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Bottom Feeders

“The bottom line is that we need a market outlet for these calves: if it’s not economic to rear them, farmers won’t. … Ultimately the answer lies with consumers in the purchasing decisions they make.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/10/farming-groups-take-steps-to-stop-slaughter-of-male-dairy-calves

Farming ethics based on consumer demand and economics have never been so well encapsulated in male calves’ rear outlets.

Macabre Manifesto

“The Conservative manifesto features commitments to make CCTV mandatory in slaughterhouses, reform pet vending rules and to address live exports alongside their pledge to hold a vote on the repeal of the Hunting Act.” http://www.onekind.scot/onekindblog/article/how_is_animal_welfare_treated_in_in_the_ge2017_manifestos

When Conservatives address crowds of live exports, what will they speak about? Voting for Christmas?

Tough on crime: no more vending the rules. If you pay for an animal, you’re entitled to watch its death being dispensed.

Antibiochic

“A staggering 52% of the E.coli from pork and poultry samples were resistant to the antibiotic trimethoprim, which is used to treat over half of lower urinary-tract infections. …
Trimethoprim is commonly used to mass-medicate whole groups of animals via their feed or water.” (https://www.ciwf.org.uk/news/2016/09/further-proof-of-an-antibiotic-apocalypse)

If you suffer from a urinary tract infection, try applying some supermarket poultry.

Chattels

“Livestock subsidies in the 34 OECD nations alone were $53bn in 2013, including an average of $190 per cow.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/nov/24/meat-tax-far-less-unpalatable-than-government-thinks-research-finds)

Greenhouse gas methane, loss of carbon sink forests, farming subsidy, pollution remediation, animal abuse, antibiotics, food poisoning, health care… You don’t get so much meat per pound these days.

Tubercullosis

“Scientists have found a clear correlation between more intensive farming systems and cattle falling ill with TB. … Farms with herds of 150 cattle or more are 50% more likely to suffer an outbreak of TB than herds with fewer than 50 animals. … The researchers also find a clear correlation between the use of maize for silage cattle feed and the incidence of TB.” (http://www.soilassociation.org/news/newsstory/articleid/8547/intensive-farming-link-with-bovine-tb)

This news will only exacerbate government’s cognitive dissonance regarding badgers. It will be filed under ‘more evidence that badgers, through herding cattle into small barns and feeding them maize, are infecting them with bTB.’