Celebrity cows: Southern Girl and Iceberg enjoy a ‘hay cocktail’ at the Commodore Hotel in New York.
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What would possess an Antarctic expedition to take dairy cows to the icy continent? Back in 1933, Admiral Byrd did so for reasons of image-making, publicity and territorial ambition.
Are cows sacred to all Hindus?
Vigilante Hindu groups in India have lynched several people for eating beef. A scholar traces the history of beef-eating in ancient India.
‘Not in my name’ Citizens in Mumbai and various cities in India protested early July against mob lynching in the name of the cow.
Hindu "cow vigilantism" against Indian Muslims, is now threatening the social fabric of this multicultural, secular nation.
And don’t expect chocolate ice cream, either.
Millions of Americans believe brown cows produce chocolate milk? The way the media reported this factoid raises questions about science literacy – but different ones than you may think.
Be careful! In Uttar Pradesh, the cow trade is now almost wholly criminalised.
A crackdown on the beef and leather trades has put hundreds of thousands of Indian Muslims and Dalits out of work, vexing already-tense religious relations and hurting India's economy.
Curious? Or dangerous?
Bulls aren't the worst offenders – and 94% of walkers killed had dogs.
Australian consumption of chicken and pork both now far outstrip beef, mutton and lamb.
Total meat consumption per capita in Australia has been stable since the 1960s but the type of meat consumed has changed significantly. Chicken and pork both now far outstrip beef, mutton and lamb.
Members of the
Hindu Yuva Vahini, a far-right vigilante group in Uttar Pradesh state, India.
In India, a series of vicious attacks by 'cow vigilantes' signals that Hindu extremism is on the rise.
Eat less meat, save the world
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The case of bovine leukemia virus shows how scientists monitor health risks in our food supply and why it's critical to revisit scientific conclusions when new technologies become available.
Tens of thousands of Dalits protested against a lack of freedom – on India's Independence Day.
Love me, love my goat.
We assume that dogs are smarter than other domesticated animals, but science says otherwise.
Cattle at export yards in Darwin, Australia.
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Australian cattle may have been killed with sledgehammers in Vietnam.
The dairy industry faces a number of welfare and environmental issues.
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The dairy industry faces a number of welfare issues, and is a major contributor to greenhouse gases.
Kangaroos are much lighter on the land than sheep and cows.
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Eating cows and sheep is unsustainable. Here are some better alternatives.
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French farms have seen a major outbreak of bluetongue virus, which can be fatal for sheep.
Indonesia is turning to homegrown cattle for its beef needs, and cutting its Australian live imports.
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Indonesia's shock decision to cut imports of Australian beef signals two things: Indonesia's desire to focus on domestic cattle farming, and Australia's lack of alternative options for exporting its own herd.
Is Daisy doomed to a life indoors?
The dairy sector in the UK is going through a period of high uncertainty. Not only are suppliers having to cope with retail price wars and the fact that milk prices are being reduced by the increasing…
Cattle bound for live export in the Northern Territory.
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The number of animals exported live out of Australia is set to increase as Australia prepares to enter into a A$1 billion trade agreement with China. Agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce has claimed up to…
Marketing meat in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Foundation essay: This article is part of a series marking the launch of The Conversation in the US. Our foundation essays are longer than our usual comment and analysis articles and take a wider look…