Letter writer: Livestock production is inhumane, harms environment

Graphic by Lori Deaton

Mr. Clifford Andrew King III says that God has given man dominion over the animals [“Eating Meat Is a Personal Choice,” Oct. 12, Xpress].

My understanding of this biblical statement is that humans are to take care of the planet we live on, as well as our fellow humans and other animals.

The vast numbers of animals that are raised for killing and eating are not in accord with this.

It is an inhumane practice that is associated with the production of a large fraction (18 percent) of human-associated greenhouse-gas production and encourages the ingestion of unnecessarily large amounts of animal foods.

— Stephen Rinsler

About Letters
We want to hear from you! Send your letters and commentary to letters@mountainx.com

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

6 thoughts on “Letter writer: Livestock production is inhumane, harms environment

  1. boatrocker

    Last I checked, livestock make more livestock the same way most other mammals do (see the Birds and the Bees)
    as opposed to the word ‘production’ which implies they come off an assembly line- the implication that food is a commodity is what Monsanto and GMO producers are trying to peddle, if I’m not correct?

    Cheers! your Friendly Neighborhood Omnivore

  2. Snowflake (Social Justice Worrier)

    Industrial livestock production is inhumane. There is nothing inhumane about livestock production that’s going on all around you b y private citizens. These animals would not even exist if it wasn’t for the benefit that they provide mankind.

    • boatrocker

      1- I’m an omnivore
      2- your statement makes no sense

      Are you actually implying that if humans suddenly turned loose all livestock right now that they would go extinct?
      What science book did you study under in high school for biology class?
      Don’t worry, they would find each other in the wild and make little ones.

      Cows, pigs, chickens, and so many others existed before humans tried the idea of killing one for food or other animal products.

      The idea of a private citizen raising livestock is irrelevant. The key word is responsible, as in not shooting them up with chemicals that make humans ignorant of basic biology sick.

      • Snowflake (Social Justice Worrier)

        “Are you actually implying that if humans suddenly turned loose all livestock right now that they would go extinct?”

        Of course they would. They have no means of defending themselves. Have you ever raised livestock?

        • boatrocker

          How praytell did wild boars/pigs, horses, bovines, birds that we regularly eat now survive and reproduce in Nature before humans raised them for consumption?

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.