When humans discovered they could farm animals and not have to roam great distances looking for them in the wild, it not only transformed the way homo sapiens lived, but it also transformed a sustainable environment to what would eventually become a dangerously depleted one.
As the world’s population grew – so did the demand for protein, not because it was necessary to have high levels of protein in the diet, but because in some cultures – it became a status symbol.
In middle ages England your wealth was measured by the amount of meat one could consume.
Everyone aspired to have more meat in their diet and with that demand came more and more farming. The industrial age brought with it some new technologies – which allowed for more intensive farming. This resulted in more and more slaughterhouses, which in turn required a vast transport network, refrigeration and massive water usage. Meanwhile the Earth’s population grew exponentially and soon, billions of animals were being farmed and slaughtered in conditions that would result in planet wide de-forestation and soil degradation, polluting of the atmosphere, soil and water, and not to mention, the unimaginable conditions the animals had to endure.
Animals became objectified, all connection and empathy towards them was lost, and large profit driven corporations began to market their wares. The animal industries began employing nutritionists, funding studies, and paying off political parties. Their money along with the tobacco industry and the drug companies soon became the backbone of the political systems that run governments across the world. Today seventy five percent of our carbon emissions come from land clearing and animal agriculture.
Today, more and more people are beginning to realise the importance of transitioning away from these destructive practices by changing diets, whether for reasons of animal welfare or personal health, or environmental reasons.
How does ‘Til The Cows Come Home contribute to improving the lives of animals, human health and the environment?
By helping humans connect with farmed animals.
Every day, our adoptions program is allowing more and more people to interact with farmed animals. It’s our hope that one day enough people have experienced that connection, and will stop seeing them as merely a product to be consumed. The advantages of having 2-3 calves on a rural lot can save time and energy, fossil fuels and maintenance on equipment. The impact is low, the intrinsic value high. Backyard hens can keep a family in eggs, consume kitchen scraps and keep your yard free of unwanted bugs. Farmed animals, along with traditional pets can educate our children and give them fun responsibilities. Most of all, animals give love and form a connection, it is this connection we hope will save the planet.