If you’ve traveled outside the US, you’d see that many countries don’t have access to beef like the US does. US beef is cheap and plentiful so people not used to abundance will take advantage. Also it’s not just Koreans, many cultures use all kinds of cuts of beef unlike Americans who focus on about 4 cuts- stew meat, steak, hamburger, and ribs.
The animal you see in the image is not a mythical creature! You might be shocked, but it’s a real bull that exists on some farms. It’s called a Belgian blue bull. These well-muscle beasts are known for their huge size and extremely muscled frame. Farmers have used selective breeding to isolate a mutated gene which supports such a stature.
The reason why they are so big is the mutation they carry called “double muscling.” The meat industry developed a way to omit the gene that controls the muscle growth for increased profit. In this way, their cows grow larger which means more meat.
As it seems, the main purpose of every industry nowadays is increasing the quantity over quality. Consequently, the health and morality have taken a backseat.
Experts see the double muscling as a completely inhumane treatment of animals. They reach an enormous size which makes their life uncomfortable. Moreover, these cows have very difficult pregnancies so they have to undergo C-section.
Also, their calves can have enlarged tongues or other birth defects which won’t allow them to nurse. Further problems include bone, joint, and cardio-respiratory issues and even early death.
But, Belgian blue bulls are not the only ones which suffer. They receive drugs which increase their growth and help them survive in the miserable living conditions. When some of them fall sick, the farmer doesn’t bring a veterinarian but continue to give them human-grade antibiotics in even higher doses.
In this way, farmers keep their cattle alive long enough to get it to the slaughterhouse.
Cattle Need Your Help
You don’t have to turn a blind eye to the horrible reality of the today’s meat industry just because you can’t bare seeing or hearing such painful stuff. Instead, you can choose not to support it.
Try to find which farms use antibiotics and selective breeding and don’t buy their products. Avoid giving your money to places that don’t deserve it.