The imported animals changed not only the land, but also “the hearts and minds, and behavior of the people who dealt with them”. (p.5) When the English arrived in America with their livestock the colonists became less focused on the animals and more focused on the cultivating of fields for crops for export and food purposes. The lack of labor and costs involved in the operation of farm lands led to the English being forced to allow their animals to roam freely in the woods. Ultimately, they lost control of the livestock and many of the herds became as feral as the animals the Indians typically
In order to generate the most profit, livestock are killed systematically at a massive scale on an assembly line. These animals are treated as nothing more than objects that can be processed, packaged, and sold to a consumer. For this business to take place with both time and cost efficiency, the welfare of the livestock is placed as one of the last priorities. Factory farming has gotten out of hand, and America is doing an inadequate job managing and enforcing the legal guidelines that explain what is permitted to take place in these institutions. It is necessary for there to be serious reformations nationwide towards the care and handling of animals, in addition to monitoring the practices that take place in the farming industry.
Texas still continues to have one of the highest numbers of wild animal farms in the USA. Certain laws have been put in place to prevent hunting on enclosed ranches to make it illegal in twenty-two states. (“Canned Hunting”). These ranches argue that because the ranch provides guides, and a chance to shoot a record class animal for the hunter it is an ethical practice. Other organizations like The Born Free Foundation believe that it takes away from the traditional meaning of hunting, and closing animals within a range is not safe.
Gil Bollinger, author and western researcher, reports that by the 1870’s and 1880’s fencing of land to enclose both crops and water sources was common (Bollinger, 81). This practice, however, was still illegal according to the federal government. In 1877, the United States Government sued Swan Land and Cattle Company, in an effort to set an example that all fences on open range must come down (Bollinger, 81). The fencing of lands was a major problem, as agricultural producers needed open access to the limited resources, especially water. Johnson County, in northern Wyoming, was an agricultural nucleus for cattle and sheep producers who knew the lush grass and good water supply would greatly benefit their operations.
There was no definite property line in the early New England colony, causing animals roaming freely to become an issue between the two societies. The Indians were ultimately unprepared for the European’s livestock to wonder into their property without any boundaries. The animals would not only walk into their land but eat their resources and grass along the way. Destruction that the livestock caused to the Native American’s land led to a distinct boundary line between them and the Europeans, creating further tension rather than assimilation. Cattle were trapped into Indian hunting traps, causing both a problem to the Indians hunting rituals as well as the Europeans livestock supply.
Although the study of this disease cost even more for the country we have been able to learn much about this disease and now know the precautions we must make to sustain a healthy beef environment for the people here. Since when you have thousands of cows on a farm with BSE and are being slaughtered and sold to the meat industry without knowing that they have this horrible disease made even more trouble for the beef industry. One farm knew that they were manufacturing tainted meat and yet still kept providing it for the beef industry. Eventually it was discovered that this farm was doing that and the government went in and threw out all the tainted meat and shutdown the farm for good. That cost us several million pounds of meat and it was pretty costly.
Factory farming is an intensive method of raising livestock that produces more livestock, with less land, quicker. However, factory methods wear out the land used, harm the lifestyles of small, rural farmers, and cause widespread incidents of diseases among animals and people. Environmental practices in the beef cattle industry have changed a great deal in the last few decades. Now a days, "instead of buying their own ranches, the meat packing companies [of the beef cattle industry] have been financing
It all started when neglected barn animals rebelled against their master, Farmer Jones. Under their own rule, they create an animal society were every thing they do is for their own benefit, but everything is not what it seems on the utopia of animal farm. George Orwell wrote a compelling novel about the Russian Revolution through the personification of animals. The book has helped young people understand what Russia had to go through in its early years of freedom from monarchy. This novel is the very best Animal Farm.
Michael Pollan’s purpose of writing Omnivore’s Dilemma came about when he realizes that society is unbelievably unhealthy due to the abundance of food. The two conflicting logics that Pollan introduces are the logic of nature and the logic of industry; these two logics are reflected through various ways of raising livestock animals. The logic of nature consists of raising livestock animals in a pastoral environment where animals interact with one another and avoid the use of artificial chemicals; whereas, the logic of industry settles on raising livestock animals unnaturally. Growing cattle through the use of corn has allowed meat to be produced in large quantities and in a short time as described in the chapter “Feedlot: Making Meat” Speed, in a word, or, in the industry’s preferred term, “efficiency.” Cows raised on grass simply take longer to reach slaughter weight than cows raised on a richer diet, and for a half a century now the industry has devoted itself to shortening a beef animal’s allotted span on earth… what gets a steer from 80 to 1,100 pounds in fourteen months is tremendous quantities of corn, protein and fat supplements, and an arsenal of new drugs. (71) Although feeding corn to cattle speeds up the process until they reach slaughter time, evidence shows that feeding corn to cattle that are genetically wired to eat grass produces unhealthy beef which then plays a role in healthy people, minimizing the longevity in Americans.
Ranchers have the ability to prevent such livestock depredations, but do not realize it. Several farmers have been able to successfully prevent problems by employing clean ranching practices. If ranchers simply dispose of placentas during birthing season or place pregnant livestock in place where they can be observed, they can lower the number of livestock depredations significantly. Simpler than that, ranchers can put up a fence around their livestock that keeps the wolves from entering. Although wolves are often seen as killers, they have actually given life to many species of both animals and plants since they have been reintroduced and play a vital role in the ecosystem of the Northern Rockies.