Over-breeding in animals

There is a great tragedy in the world of farming. The problem of “over breeding”. I am sure you all know about it to a certain degree. But do you ACTUALLY know about it? Do you know about how cows MUST be bred EVERY year against nature’s whims in order to produce offspring. Or how animals that can give birth frequently are forced to year-round. How it’s an awful and horrible act, and when they finally produce their young, they are ripped away from them violently to be shot in the skull or have their throats slit for our burgers. It’s one of the things that is most heavily presented in any PETA article, how over-bred domestic animals are and how unnatural this is.

So I want to present to you a list of animals in nature with a gestation period of less than ten months that breed every year and less than three months that breed either right after birth or weaning to show how unnatural this kind of intensive breeding is.

Here is the list;


Okay, so no, that’s not quite accurate. There are some parrots in something like Madagascar that live to 150 years only lay an egg every 30 years or so. Humans don’t have kids every year either, although some certainly seem to try. And many animals miscarry or fail to breed. But the VAST majority breeds every year.

Really, look at any nature documentary or statistic sheet. Especially grazers. Bison, wildebeest, water buffalo… These are the animals most closely related to domestic cattle. They get pregnant EVERY YEAR. Deer and elk and caribou and horses all do the same. And animals like rabbits and mice? They get pregnant before they have even weaned their previous litter. Birds also make babies once a year, sometimes more. A wild carnivore also normally gets pregnant once a year, sometimes twice depending on the particulars of the gestation period. And yet it’s such an awful thing to make animals get pregnant every year? Man these animals must absolutely HATE themselves to inflict this kind of abuse on themselves!

As for us ripping their young from them unnaturally and cruelly killing them… Have you seen how nature dispatches animals?

They literally start eating it alive. And you can tell from the reflections of light off the skin that the time elapsed between cuts is many minutes. The whole kill probably took a half hour of agonizing, painful suffering being held down and bitten viciously in the throat and face by the lions, slowly suffocating, knowing with every second that they have you and any minute they will start to eat you… Something they actually start to do right there in the video. There is a reason that only about one in ten herbivore animals make it to adulthood, and even fewer of them get to breed or produce more than one offspring.

Yes. A gunshot to the brain or a sudden breaking of the neck, even the grand total of a few minutes to bleed out from a slit throat is so very cruel when compared to an animal’s happy existence in nature.

I think I’ll stick to domestic life for my animals, thanks.


3 thoughts on “Over-breeding in animals

  1. Thank you do much for this insight. As long as animals are being treated respectfully, it does sound less brutal. I am considering a goat farm to produce cheese and other products. I’m troubled by all of the killing that needs to happen for the hunk of cheese. I’m trying to get more information through experience to see what I really feel about all of this. I really appreciate your perspective. Nothing’s perfect.

    • You are very welcome. I own a pair of mice to produce food for my snake. These mice have a large (for their size) cage that is clean with lots of tunnels, natural foods and toys. These two mice are best of friends; they sleep together, eat together, groom each-other… The boy guards and re-inforces the nest that the girl sleeps in every day and even brings her food. In nature it’s possible that they would be paired for life. Mice don’t live long and a good mate is hard to come by. Last month they had a litter. Almost immediately they re-mated and have another litter due in just a couple of weeks. This is nature in it’s truest form. I do not force these mice to do anything, they clearly care for each-other and all I do is provide a steady supply of food.
      I don’t know if you’re a vegetarian or not but a good way to do a homestead herd is get yourself some dairy does and have them get pregnant by a meat-breed buck. The resulting offspring will grow faster, thicker and larger to be good for eating and feeding people (instead of being “discarded” like most dairy bucks), and the dairy goats still produce a lot of dairy. When you need new dairy goats, simply have them serviced by a dairy buck instead and you get a new generation of dairy goats for your farm, still unrelated to your regular “meat” buck so no inbreeding. Even if you are a vegetarian, you could trade good goat meat to someone else who grows something you eat more and still know that your goat went to a good cause; feeding people an animal raised under great conditions.
      I feel the most important thing is to be respectful about the animal you use and let nothing go to waste. I am raising rabbits and I will be tanning the hides, bones and organs will go to my dogs, hind feet will be turned into good-luck charms. The skulls and anything attached are being donated to a local raptor rescue as snacks for the birds that are both high-energy and naturally wear beaks down so they don’t need to be filed, a stressful process for birds. The rest that can’t be eaten will be composted and returned to the earth. I bet you could make similar arrangements for parts of goats; tanning the hides and donating parts you don’t normally eat to wildlife rescues to support other aspects of your life and others instead of just utilizing the dairy.

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