AR-News: (US) Original American `heritage' beasts facing extinction
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Mon Jul 28 07:57:58 EDT 2003
PHILADELPHIA - (KRT) - Born into a life of loafing and grazing, sisters
Amanda and Corriander are blissfully ignorant of their status as cows
threatened with extinction.
The Milking Devons, part of a breed that played a key role in the survival
of the Pilgrims, stroll the 112 acres of the Colonial Pennsylvania
Plantation in Media, Pa., in search of shade, sleep and forage,
indifferent to the children learning about 18th-century farm life.
Although there are fewer than 200 of the deep-read horned bovines
registered in North America, the breed in fact belongs to a sizable family
of animals: the more than 100 breeds of American livestock that the
American Livestock Breeds Conservancy says are on the brink of extinction.
Corson exhibits a parental familiarity with her livestock, which will
eventually feed her. It is a relationship largely lost to modern America,
and a scene that contrasts with images of assembly-line slaughter and
CAFOs (Confined Animal Feeding Operation).
"The PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) people say you
can't love animals you eat, but I disagree," said Corson, as four rare
Milking Shorthorn steers, including a 2,300-pound ox named Rex, came to
her like curious cats.
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