Ridicullous

The National Farmers Union remains “committed to seeing badger culling rolled out to other areas where TB is endemic to help control and eradicate this terrible disease, which continues to devastate the lives of farming families.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/dec/10/badger-cubs-to-be-shot-in-latest-cull-plan)

Implying that ‘farming families’ include cattle or that farmers catch bovine TB only fuels a stereotype.

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Beef

“Applications for the Scottish Beef Scheme can be submitted online or on paper.” (http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Festive-farm-payments-12ed.aspx)

The Scottish government also welcomes chicken complaints, goat gripes, pork protests and mutton moans.

Farmortality

“It is not in a farmer’s interest to have high farm mortality as it clearly impacts on the farms’ profitability.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/nov/29/animal-rights-group-sounds-alarm-over-40m-farm-deaths)

The commodification of creatures always guarantees welfare, just like the Gulag.

Eggistry

“Cattle release five times more greenhouse gas and consume six times more nitrogen than eggs or poultry.” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28409704)

Ahhh, it’s the nitrogen-eating eggs that produce the finest hydrogen fartoxide.

Graze

“Brachiaria grasses have been found to inhibit the release of nitrous oxide [largely from livestock production], which has a more powerful [climate] warming effect than carbon dioxide or methane … [However] the extra productivity could provide an additional economic incentive for the clearance of forests and – as with all monocultures – the proposed expansion of brachiaria pastureland poses a challenge to biodiversity.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/sep/17/grass-agriculture-emissions-scientists)

Whatever, so long as we can keep eating our horseburgers.

Predators

The complex and controversial debate about reintroducing large predators snarls on: “wolves, bears and lynx sometimes kill livestock and pets, and also deer and wild boar that hunters like to shoot.” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/22287080)

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the ‘apex predator’ of them all?