Livestock are apparently contributing so much to climate change concerns, that officials in Ireland are considering a plan to kill thousands of dairy cows.
A report from the Department of Agriculture documents that officials are planning to kill 200,000 dairy cows over the next 3 years in an effort to combat climate change.
The agriculture website, Farming Independent, obtained the new report through a freedom of information request.
According to the site, "Cuts to the dairy herd of 65,000 cows per year for the next three years will be needed to meet agriculture's climate targets Department of Ag. officials have estimated in an internal briefing paper seen by the Farming Independent."
"As part of the normal work of Government Departments, various options for policy implementation are regularly considered," the spokesperson added.
While the Ag Department seems to be pretty on board with the idea of killing thousands of cows, Pat McCormack, President of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association, pushed back against the plan saying, "If there is to be a scheme, it needs to be a voluntary scheme. That's absolutely critical because there's no point in culling numbers from an individual who has borrowed on the back of a huge financial commitment on the back of achieving a certain target that's taken from under him."
"We should be investing in an infrastructure that can deliver from a scientific perspective. And we know low emissions are better and we should be continuing to invest in further science and research because that's absolutely critical as we move forward, McCormack concluded.
As ZeroHedge notes, amid growing pressure to cull a naturally occurring food resource to allegedly reduce emissions, the use of private jets in Ireland has drastically increased recently but government officials don't appear to have a report regarding that concern.
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