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How the meat industry marks the land -- in pictures

those are n't ants but cows

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robert99 robert99 Sweden Posts: 1360
1 28 Dec 2015
It used to take five years for a cow to reach its mature weight, ready for slaughter and processing. Today, since the structures and processes of feed yards have been perfected, that has been reduced to less than 18 months.
The meat industry is a subject loaded with a moral and ethical charge. But when I think of these pictures, I don't just see gigantic farms, I see an attitude toward life and death that exists throughout contemporary culture. These images reflect a blueprint and a horror that lie at the heart of the way we live.

Shaelle Shaelle NSW Posts: 34
2 6 Jan 2016
I have lived many years in the same  rural bushland area of New South Wales. Over those years, much of it has been cleared of native vegetation for livestock grazing purpose, foreign grasses have been introduced, tons of insecticide and  super- phosphate  have been air sprayed over large areas.
Impact on the environment is less obvious, slower than in feedlots depending on general conditions but it is still heartbreakingly devastating.
I have seen pristine bush being eroded beyond rehabilitation, turned into hectares of thistles and other weeds due to change in soil PH, small watercourses disappear, depleted at their source by large herds of thirsty cattle or trampled into stinky areas of ooze where livestock congregates, defecates and urinates.
Once upon a time, one of these clear gushing creeks ran through my place. I used to grow watercress there, drink its water and cool down in rock pools on hot summer days. My daughter used to collect tadpoles and watch them turn into tiny frogs to be released back where they came from.
Would be cattle barons neighbors moved in "next door". Now the creek has stopped running. It is a smelly, marshy mess where no life can toxic that it cannot be used to water the garden.
I have seen wildlife disappear further up the mountain, always just one step ahead of encroaching bulldozers. I wish I could do the same.
Unfortunately, speaking up is useless as the meat industry has priority over environmental concerns. It has a lot of supporters....and few witnesses to its long term consequences who are not themselves part of the process.

robert99 robert99 Sweden Posts: 1360
3 6 Jan 2016
For years activists have in the US been trying to stop grazing on public lands (a lot of Western USA is public land). That's how I got to know about WWP ( see ) and BFC (see )
The cattlemen lobby in Washinton DC has managed to hold onto extra cheap grazing (the fees recieved by the US Government are so small it costs the taxpayer over $100 million every year to manage the system) which has lead to "welfare grazers" (see Welfare Ranching ) - the whole Bundy farce in Nevada (see ) was over unpaid grazing fees. ("Bundy stated the plan was to place women and children in front of the barricades as human shields, with cameras at the ready, so if a shoot out took place they would catch the bloody massacre on camera. " - )
And now his son's off in Oregon - see
US pig farms are n't a lot better -

(It's ironic that rabbits and foxes are portrayed as dangerous invasive species, but cows and sheep are somehow 100% Australian)