ammKens posted "Horses are not cattle. Humans didn't domesticate cattle."
You are kidding right? From the Smithsonian National Zoological Park Kid's Farm website:
"……Cattle were independently domesticated in what are now India and Pakistan, in the Fertile Crescent, and possibly in Africa…..
By 3000 B.C.E domestic cattle were firmly established in ancient Egyptian farming, religion, and culture. Egyptian tomb paintings depict cattle as sources of meat and milk and as beasts of burden working in fields. The Egyptian cow goddess Hathor was a powerful deity; She was a symbol of creation, motherhood, love, and thought to be the guardian of the dead.
Domestic cattle are versatile animals. Their milk and meat have fed humans for millennia. Their dung has been used for fuel and even as money, and their manure is still a major fertilizer of the world's crops. As plow animals, they have enabled people to farm land that would otherwise be unusable, and have thus helped spread agriculture to far-flung places. One such place is the American West, where cattle, which were introduced to North America by Spanish explorers, gave rise to ranching, cowboys, and range wars."
Many cultures throughout history have been able to reconcile the use of animals for many purposes, including food, while concurrently respecting and even worshipping them. The problem is not "slaughter"-- once an animal is dead, it does not care what is done with its remains-- the problem is owners, breeders, agents, transporters and processors who do not treat living animals with respect and dignity and ensure a humane end when the time comes, regardless of the end use of the remains once that end has been humanely met.
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Dec 12, 2013
vol XXIV issue 50
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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