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How Your Love Of Burgers May Be Helping To Drive Wildlife Extinct


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Kelly
- 1920 days ago - npr.org
Many animal lovers have made peace with their decision to eat meat. But the Center for Biological Diversity has a new that hopes to convince them that a hamburger habit does wildlife a disservice.



   

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Ben O (128)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 5:11 am
Well, don't count me in - I went vegetarian in 1975...
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 9:09 am
No meat in our house 4 years now+never will be. Thx Kelly
 

Syd H (48)
Monday March 24, 2014, 2:17 am

No meat, and no dairy or eggs which are actually even more cruel and intensive.

But it was politics first, then the environment and health that drove me. My compassion for animals has since grown to the point that I cannot go back, but great additional reasons to seek health of all kinds for all beings continue to "crop" up. Glad to see this aspect of it being examined here but it's far more extensive than the article lays out. Prairie dogs are poisoned en masse so cattle won't hurt their legs in the holes. Further, the American Pine Nut which is a much better crop in many ways including monetarily was pulled out so as not to compete with cattle grazing foods (ironically eliminating the pinyon bushes made the situation worse).

And then there are the wild horses rounded up and killed so as not to take rangeland food. And elk and deer taken out for the same reasons (but also because the predator balance has been upset by killing the wolves, bear, puma, etc).

Add to all that the massive GMO crop fields that have taken over the Americas, especially in Brazil (killing off the lungs of the planet) to feed the intensive factory farmed animals that make up the vast majority of animal products. This has also led to the near extinction of the Monarch but who really knows what else.

It's all just scratching the surface too.

 

Robert O (12)
Wednesday March 26, 2014, 10:00 am
Thanks Kelly.
 

Danuta W (1251)
Thursday March 27, 2014, 3:55 am
noted
 

Past Member (0)
Friday March 28, 2014, 6:11 am
No sacrifice led by human selfishness
 

Roger G (148)
Friday March 28, 2014, 1:53 pm
so happy to be vegetarian since 1976 !
 

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Friday March 28, 2014, 4:31 pm
noted vegetarian for 28 years.
 

kate K (481)
Saturday March 29, 2014, 11:15 am
Great article we should all be vegetarians
 

Marija M (25)
Sunday March 30, 2014, 2:35 am
Noted, tks
 

Kit H (173)
Sunday March 30, 2014, 2:19 pm
The saddest thing is that in S America, the cattle ranch keeps expending by cutting down rainforest where it is a huge carbon sink and huge biodiversity both in fauna and flora. Once the fertility of soil is gone with no dense vegetation to capture and store it, it will become almost irreversible.
 

Kerrie G (116)
Sunday March 30, 2014, 10:50 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

Betty Kelly (4)
Monday March 31, 2014, 6:13 pm
How about loss of habitat from concrete and Big Oil?
 

Gloria p (304)
Tuesday April 1, 2014, 10:16 am
I like moderation.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 1, 2014, 12:09 pm
But the CBD saying "Grazing cattle on grass has more negative impacts on the land than any other land use" is a lie, sheep are much more destructive on the land than cattle, as Sheep can graze very close to the ground and like other livestock will overgraze, if they are allowed to.

However, It can be argued that the current problem with invasive weeds in the Western United States has resulted from declining sheep numbers during the past 20 years. Many of the worst weeds we currently battle, like leafy spurge, yellow starthistle, and spotted knapweed, are forbs that sheep and goats find palatable and nutritious.

Farmers and ranchers pay a fee to graze their livestock on land that is owned by the federal government. The fee is $1.35 per animal unit month (AUM). An AUM is the amount of forage it takes to feed a cow and her calf, one horse, or five sheep and goats for one month.

Nowadays, rangelands can be improved with managed or "prescribed" grazing, whereby you control how many, when, and for how long livestock graze a certain area. Research has shown that light or moderate grazing is usually more beneficial than no grazing.

Perhaps we could be more truthful in our reporting, many things are not black and white.
 
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