The Lives of Breeding Bulls in India
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FROM Sara Streeter,
November 2020

India is unique in that it has already created some legal protections for cows. Unfortunately, these laws only apply to slaughter and meat production, rather than requiring compassionate treatment throughout the cow’s life... The vast population of cows in India makes them the number one source of methane globally.

India's breeding Bulls
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India has the world’s largest number of cows. Unfortunately, despite media portrayals, they’re not peacefully wandering the city streets or ambling through the countryside. Since 2014, India has been the world’s largest exporter of cow meat (“beef”), even surpassing Brazil. Indeed, these two countries now account for almost 40% of the world’s cow meat production. Furthermore, India is now the largest milk producer across the globe, outranking the E.U., the U.S., and China.

Farming animals used for food is now inextricably linked to human-caused climate change, and India is extremely vulnerable to the effects of a warming planet. The vast population of cows in India makes them the number one source of methane globally. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas. Thus, India’s animal agriculture industry presents a significant threat both internally and externally.

To expand its cow herds, India maintains a large national breeding program. Semen extracted from bulls inseminates many more cows than could occur naturally. This allows the bulls with the best genetics for milk production to spread their traits more widely. This study examines the industry of “sperm farming” and frozen semen technology....


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Sara Streeter spent her career as an accounting and finance professional. Now retired, she loves to hike, bike, paddle a sea kayak and travel. She has a passion for animals and has been a long-time animal advocate in various capacities.

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