Believed or not, this is not a mythical creature but it’s a real bull that exists on some farms. This strange looking bull is called a Belgian blue bull.
These bulls are known for their exceptionally muscled frame and huge size.
Farmers who own these bulls have used selective breeding to isolate a mutated gene which supports such a figure.
Belgian blue bulls are so big because they carry a mutation called double muscling. In order to increase their profit, the meat industry developed a way to omit the gene that actually controls the muscle growth. As a result, their cows grow bigger which means more meat and more profit.
Yes, the main purpose of every industry is increasing the quantity over quality. Unfortunately, the morality and health have taken a backseat.
Specialists agree that the double muscling is an absolutely inhumane treatment of animals. These bulls are so big that they don’t feel comfortable in their skin. Additionally, they have problematic pregnancies and have to undergo C-section.
Small calves usually have birth defects including enlarged tongues which won’t allow them to nurse. Further problems include cardio-respiratory, joint, and bone issues and sometimes even early death.
Belgian blue bulls are given drugs which increase their size and help them survive in the bad living conditions. When some of these animals got sick, the farmer doesn’t bring a vet but continue to give them human-grade antibiotics in even higher doses.
That’s how farmers keep their cows alive long enough to get them to the slaughterhouse.
Cows Need Your Help
But, you shouldn’t turn a blind eye to the terrible reality of the today’s meat industry simply because you can’t bare hearing or seeing such painful things. You should choose not to support it.
Find out which farms use selective breeding and antibiotics and don’t buy their products anymore. Don’t give your money to places that don’t deserve it.