Please let me give you something to read.
I've been sitting on this idea for just over eight months now. Every year over two million bobby calves are slaughtered in New Zealand alone, expendable to dairy farmers who are already spending massive sums of money in order to cover the sustainability of their business, and pay for the everyday welfare of their current herds. It's not animal cruelty, it's just the grueling reality of the world we live in today. Our culture has evolved. Farming is no longer a specialty lifestyle for the country kids and families - it's a life long business, world trade, study and cultural practice.
I cannot stop the world's slaughter of new born calves, just as I cannot intervene the government's control over allowing four day old calves to be killed and processed as veal. Again, where there is supply and demand, all ethical value has last consideration, and the market must remain focused on meeting the customers' supposed needs. When the world asks for chocolate and vanilla ice-cream, Mc Donald's chicken nuggets, cheese, Christmas treat petfood, or whatever other farming bi-product is on the market today, New Zealand farmers deliver, and they do it well. Yet the Western world has been long sold on the idea of desire and never-ending satisfaction, and we are no exception to these global shifts and modern movements. Our participation is what keeps Kiwis on the map. Farming was rooted in Aoteroa's history long before European settlement - it's in the land's nature and blood.
We can spread awareness and think of new ways to counteract these cultural mutations, all it takes is the time to listen and will to change. I am thankful that journalists and news pages have been doing the voiceless a favour; the frustration of our nation is often smothered in silence by meaningless distractions and manipulated gossip. For my generation, it's crucial we begin to think about where our food comes from. Support the underdogs, make the odd sacrifice, shop local, and stop letting the world tell you what to do and how to do it - our country's future depends on it.