Despite banning the slaughter and eating of beef in several of its provinces, India remains the world’s largest exporter of beef.

The ironies don’t end there, however. India is a country with a staggering poverty rate, yet many of its people use their resources to provide for cows while their families go hungry. It’s because the Hindu religion considers the cow sacred. So much so that cow urine is used to make about 30 different healing remedies for humans.

Proponents of ayurveda, a holistic healing system developed thousands of years ago in India, say the urine, or “gomutra,” of an Indian cow contains special therapeutic properties and health benefits. Don’t laugh. Folks are selling cow urine distillate for about 80 to 100 rupees ($1.20-$1.50) a liter. But it’s not all milk and honey, as it were. Veterinarians warn that the urine from infected cows can transmit leptospirosis, which can cause meningitis and liver failure; arthritis-causing brucellosis; and Q-fever, which can cause pneumonia and chronic inflammation of the heart.

Canine vegan?

It was a tragedy. One woman asked the internet for "HELP!!! I came home to find that my dog had eaten a whole package of vegan soy sausages! I don't know if it's gonna make her sick or not." Indeed, it did. Though not in the regurgitate-on-the-carpet way you might think. Seems this dog now reads Hemmingway, wears a fedora and lime green Converse sneakers and has become a full-throated supporter of Bernie Sanders. The horrors!

CFHOF inductees

Robert G. “Bob” Gottsch – founder of Gottsch Cattle Company – and Paul J. Brown – founder of Cattle Empire – were inducted into the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame, which recognizes two leaders annually who have made lasting contributions to the cattle-feeding industry. Randy Blach – CattleFax executive vice president and chief executive officer – was presented with the Industry Leadership Award, recognizing individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, provided exemplary service and made significant contributions to the cattle-feeding business. Jim Allen – feedyard manager at Garden City Feed Yard – received the Arturo Armendariz Distinguished Service Award, given to exceptional feedyard employees.

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