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For Love or Cows

With this new ridiculous proposition to do away with cows, have you taken the time to sit down and really think about how our lives would change without cows?

Well, for starters, it will have a big affect on the farming industry, and thus, the states that rely on farming. And there is the same obvious meat industry. You can say goodbye to all beef products such a hamburgers, steak, and beef jerky. As a result, of course, all of our steakhouses and hamburger joints would close.  And probably places such as McDonalds, Burger King, and Arbys. But we’ll be better off without those places, right?!

But as upset as Americans will be without beef and stake, what about the dairy industry? Oh, yeah, that’s right, no more milk. And no more cheese, cream – yes, all forms of cream: sour cream, cottage cheese, heavy cream, etc. And don’t forget important things like ice cream and whipping cream. So long Dairy Queen. And did I mention no more whipped cream?! 

Now admittedly, the soy industry has done an amazing job of making dairy and meat alternatives. They have given us everything from soy milk to soy bean meat. And while these products are, admittedly, healthier for you, not everyone is going to willingly turn to these over milk. And, worse yet, soy milk can’t be used for cooking in the same way cow milk can. So, you might want to get used to no more bakery goods, either. And while we’re on the subject, better get used to no more gelatin products, either. Yes, that means no more Jello, gummy bears, and marshmallows. Thankfully, there are vegetarian versions of all these, as well. [Although, marshmallows are, of course, vegetarian, already]

So, we’d have to give up a lot of our favorite foods. But what about other products? Well, let’s start with the obvious: Leather. No more leather couches, coats, or shoes. If course, in many cases the soles of our shoes are also made of leather. But we can live without leather jackets and soles, right? What about balls? Right, because leather is used in making footballs, baseballs, and most other balls, as well as baseball mitts. But rumor has it that pig skin will work just as well. (Until pigs are banned, if course. Let’s not forget what happened to the pigs in Animal Farm!)

But what about the not-so-obvious? Like products made from beef fat? Such as soaps, adhesives, lubricants, and waxes can be made from beef fat. Even deodorants and nail polish remover contain types of fatty acids. Where do you think fatty acids come from? 

And these are just a few items. Now think of all the other places that will go out of business with no more cows and, therefore, cow byproducts. It’s not just steakhouses and diners that will have to close down. All leather factories. The dairy industry will die. And let’s remember just how vital that is to our country. And since the soy industry is already well established, well . . .

But now take into account all these places that deal with beef byproducts or fatty acids. Will our country benefit from no more cows or suffer? And what about the mere fact that it’s just one more area our government feels it has the right to regulate? Aren’t we supposed to be telling our government to get out of our lives and stop regulating everything? Not giving them more to regulate? Let’s just remember that our country was much better off before the government stuck its nose in where it doesn’t belong. 

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