Did you hear about the plane that didn’t crash?
No, probably not.
Because that wouldn’t make for a very good story, would it?
You only hear about the rare plane that does crash because it makes for a story. According to statisticbrain.com, the odds of being killed in a plane crash are 1 in 29 million. So, I wouldn’t say that plane crashes are the norm, would you?
This same reasoning can be applied to agriculture.
You see posts or hear about a farm abusing their livestock; However, this is NOT the norm. These people are horrific and should be punished to the full extent of the law. These rare, awful stories get the media attention, but like a plane crash they are just that-rare. You hardly ever hear about the normal farms that do the right thing, care for their livestock and the land, and provide for their communities and the world.
By now it is widely known that stress releases cortisol and other hormones that increase sickness and decrease production, both of which cost a farmer or rancher money. Abusing livestock or causing an animal stress is detrimental for the health and pocketbook of livestock owners. An extensive amount of money is put into research every year on handling practices and ways to continue improving low-stress management of livestock.
Please form your own opinions. Get your own facts and learn the full story.
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