Going vegan can be confusing, can’t it? Using goats to keep the grass mowed is certainly environmentally friendly, at least on the surface. Although vegans don’t like the idea of other animals being used in a any way, at least they’re not being harmed. Or are they? Sometimes deciding whether something is a vegan practice requires a little thought and some research.
Goat mowing seems environmentally sound.
After all, there are no fossil fuels involved. Gas mowers create quite a lot of air pollution, don’t they? As for the goats and the actual mowing process, it’s quite natural, isn’t it? They’re just munching away on the grass and leaving a little natural fertilizer behind. What could possibly be bad for the environment in this scenario?
Where did the goats come from?
Were they bred specifically to mow lawns? Wouldn’t that be species manipulation? If the goats were purposefully bred, the breeder and handler are interfering with species balance by producing animals that would not have been born naturally. The more animals we over-breed for our use, the more impact it has on the environment.
Those animals have to be fed and watered. That takes food and water out of the mouths of all natural species, even the human ones. They also produce extra excrement which ends up in our water supply. So, when it comes to the environment, goats bred by humans are no better than any other species bred by humans.
We vegans are not real keen on messing with mother nature. In fact, we think she does a pretty good job all on her own. So, in an environmental respect, using goats to mow the lawn is questionable as a vegan practice.
Are the goats used to mow lawns used for other things?
Goat mowing is a business, after all. Goats also have to be fed, looked after, watered and transported. That costs money. It makes sense that the goat handler would want to get his/her money from the investment. Odds are that the goats mowing your lawn are not just serving one purpose. Their owner could be selling goat milk, goat meat or making goat products, such as soap in order to keep the operation profitable. Unfortunately, all those things are obviously not vegan.
Say the goats were naturally bred and only used for lawn mowing?
Well, now we have to address one pesky little word in that sentence. It’s the word, “used.” You see, folks, vegans have an issue with other animals being used for our convenience, food or products. Goat mowing would be the first kind of usage. Vegans believe that other animals were not put here for our purpose, but to live theirs, just as we do. So, I’m afraid no matter how you look at it and no matter how much less polluting goat mowing is than conventional mowing, it’s simply not a vegan practice.
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