Climate Change Versus Having A Conscious: Culling Cows

In a world tormented by an intensifying concern of climate change, it is vital to consider ethics and moral implications that could lead to catastrophic consequences severely harming the well-being of animals, as we plunge into the urgent need to make adaptations.

In Ireland, startling headlines recently revealed a shocking announcement that the Irish government had discussions with its farmers to slate 200,000 cows for slaughter, for the sake of climate change. Sad to see a nation that prides itself on dairy products and farming heritage entangled in fulfilling obligations to find ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the formidable agreements of the European Green Deal.

As politicians and other decision-makers for this abhorrent methodology scurry to find solutions to their percentages, pie charts, and calculations of how to reduce greenhouse gases, the sorrowful prediction of mass slaughter looms large for these 200,000 gentle creatures. This ignites scrutiny and questions of how taking such barbaric and drastic measures for ecological improvement could ever be considered compassionate, in the pursuit of environmental mitigation.

Amidst this unusual chaos, a profound disquiet brings our attention to the quest of finding alternative solutions that harmonize with our ethical foundations. Instead of resorting to the savage culling of innocent bovines, as a quick and easy fix to climate change, we must quickly and intelligently pivot toward farming methods that create real and lasting change. Innovative farming techniques where methane capture technologies can minimize environmental issues. Planting trees sequesters carbon dioxide therefore a focus on agroforestry and reforestation is essential.


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Call it a pilgrimage toward enlightenment but it is possible to instill revolutions through the choices we serve at our tables. By promoting plant-based agriculture we can deconstruct the habits that cause us to eat meat, and bind us to livestock farming. Imagine if every individual was to embrace a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, it could be the catalyst that reverberates the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions throughout the world. Embarking on such transformative efforts would reveal improved organic plant-based farming practices. 

Within this labyrinth for change exists the profound teachings of Jainism. This ancient faith dances in harmonious co-existence with our delicate planet. Offering a guiding light during these pressing concerns of climate change, Jainism is a beacon and encourages us to find compassionate alternatives that resonate with their deep-rooted sacred principles for non-violence (ahimsa) and deep reverence for every living being. 

In this noble pursuit, sacred alliances and collaborations among farmers, policymakers, and the like, should align with sustainable and humane alternatives that can rewrite the narrative of agriculture and revolutionize the very essence of animal farming. The goal is to create a future where life flourishes in tuneful abundance and nature and humanity are symphonized.

If we truly honor the earth, we must all become farmers, together, and sow seeds within our collective consciousness. For this week’s Anuvrat, let’s treat our world like the Garden of Eden, God’s sacred canopy, honoring all creatures, great and small – cows included.

Born in England, Terri Carr Muran currently resides in New York with her husband and children. Sharing her life with horses, dogs, and birds; animals are her greatest passion.  She has served on several boards and committees including Save the Children, Leadership Council of Long Island; Kids and Cars; North Shore Rotary; Gold Coast Film Festival, and currently Humane Long Island. 

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