Thursday, November 20, 2014
If You Love Me Then Feed My Sheep: The Morality That Underlies Livestock Conservation
Preserving nearly extinct livestock breeds is not just a hobby. It can lessen starvation worldwide. It can feed hungry children.
No animal--- not pigs, not cattle, nor even chickens, are consumed world wide as much as are goats. Goats can convert low quality vegetation to high quality protein better than any other domestic livestock. Like all livestock, they have limitations as to the environments in which they can thrive..
Goats do not do as well in wet, swampy conditions. They are very susceptible to internal parasites and live best in dry regions of the world.
Except for ones like Sea Biscuit, a Baylis Colonial Spanish goat shown sitting on a hay bale at my horse lot. These goats thrive in swamps, surpass modern commercial goat breeds in ability to produce live kids in non-factory farms, and in their ability to convert poor forage to meat.
And they are going extinct.
Would you not be much prouder to live in a nation that flooded the third world with breeding stock instead of sophisticated weapons?
These goats are weapons of mass survival. And nearly no one has even heard of them or other obscure breeds of livestock that can be a big part of reducing global suffering. That is why the Livestock Conservancy is such an important organization. Go to their web site. See how you can be a part of the vital work that they do.
I recognize that my priorities are out of step with the rest of my culture, but I can't help but feel that this is a more important topic than a naked Kardashian.
Perhaps you all can break the internet by flooding The Livestock Conservancy at http://www.livestockconservancy.org/ .
Posted by Steve Edwards