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Cloning Causing Body Image Issues for Young Calves

Cloning Causing Body Image Issues for Young Calves

Everywhere you turn, there’s another cloned cow. With the products of cloned cows legal in the United States, the number of clones continues to increase.

Sure, there are good sides to cloning, like raising your friends and family from the dead, but one rarely-remarked down-side to cloning is one that parents of young heifers may be all-too-aware of: the difficulty of “measuring up” to the genetically-identical cows in the magazines.

You may think that it’s perfectly normal for farmers to prefer Bessy, or Bessy II, or Bessy XVIII, or Bessy CLXV, what with their prodigious udders, capable of producing large quantities of milk. Humans pick out cows for their physical attributes, you may say.

Well, you try telling that to Clover as she tries to starve herself to live up to the impossible ideal of thousands of identical cattle. Try as she might, she can never look like Bessy. Never mind that Clover is docile and kind, and far easier for a farmer to work with; no, Clover spirals into depression as she tries to attain a body standard that is simply not physically possible without the manipulation of science.

We all know that our calves are our future. Sure, human scientists may continue to work on cloning, but we all know that once global warming gets bad, those humans are going to go extinct. If we sit around chewing the cud, ignoring these wounds that strike at the hearts of young heifers — well, it turns my stomachs.

We have to tell our calves that they are perfect just the way they are. You don’t have to be an artificially cloned Holstein to be a wonderful dairy cow. Whether you’re a Ayrshire or a Brown Swiss, whether you’re a skinny Jersey girl or a beefy Milking Shorthorn, you’re beautiful just the way you are. And while there’s nothing wrong with Bossy MCMLXXIV — she’s a lovely cow — you don’t have to look like her to be worthwhile.


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What’s with all the cow content? One wily Care2 member, Bessie the Holstein, decided cows were underrepresented and started a petition. She officially staged a successful takeover of our offices, and has redubbed us “CareMoo.”


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3:35AM PDT on Jun 1, 2013

thanks for sharing

12:33AM PDT on May 27, 2013

They should clone me. Then everything would be fine.

9:25AM PDT on Apr 17, 2013

HOW DO EGG YOLKS BECOME CHICKENS? (Internet Article) When you divide a cake, the parts are smaller than the original cake and the cake never gets bigger. When we were a single cell and that cell divided, the new cells were the same size as the original cell and we got bigger. New material had to come from somewhere. That new material came from food. The sequence in our DNA directed our mother's food, we received in the womb, to become new cells forming all the tissues and organs of our body. Understand how DNA works. Read my Internet article: HOW DO EGG YOLKS BECOME CHICKENS? Just google the title to access the article.

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11:13AM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

Cloning animals so that we can abuse them is no laughing matter. Whether this was an April Fools joke or not, the fact remains that living souls are mistreated and considered to be mere commodities. Please sign the petition above the comments section.

7:13AM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

Ah the perfect world with perfect animals, perfect humans perfect air blah blah blah! We should investigate these people who want perfection and take away humanity! What are they really after!

3:57AM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

Maybe submit this to The Onion.

3:14AM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

Thanks for sharing

10:07PM PDT on Apr 7, 2013

I see...

6:59PM PDT on Apr 7, 2013

Thx for the info!

4:59PM PDT on Apr 7, 2013

i didn't realize this was an April Fool's Day article at first

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